Kenny Dalglish today thanked the supporters for helping to turn the club into trophy winners once again - but reiterated that there is much hard work ahead if Liverpool are to make days like Sunday a regular occurrence.
In an exclusive interview at LFC TV's studios, the boss spoke of his pride at giving this generation of supporters a story to tell in years to come.
But he also revealed his view that the Reds have not yet arrived where they want to be.
The immediate goal now for Dalglish and co is regaining Champions League football and battling to earn another Wembley trip in the FA Cup.
"We should enjoy what we've done but know that we've got to look forward," said the boss.
"Everybody loved it, but when you like something and you've enjoyed the taste, it makes you that little bit more anxious to get back there.
"But we've got a long way to go this season, and I'm not trying to put a dampener on anything from Sunday, but we've got to be realistic.
"I'm sure we'll move onwards and upwards, but we won't do that if we think we've arrived anywhere."
For Dalglish, lifting a trophy would not have been possible without the aid of those who came to support the Reds at Wembley - and the millions of others watching on TV.
"It's fantastic that they've all got their stories to tell," he said. "Before Istanbul, that generation of fans never had the stories to tell that their parents had, because it was the first time in a few years we'd been in the Champions League final.
"They had fantastic stories to tell about their trips and the celebrations and enjoyment at Istanbul, and although this is a lesser competition, they'll still be able to relay their stories. It's important that they'll have stories to tell - that's what this football club's all about.
"We're just delighted we can put smiles on some people's faces.
"It's for us to thank them. We're the fortunate ones who get to go on a football pitch or pick and manage a team - but without their help we'd never have been close to getting anywhere.
"It's because of their help that we have moved forward relatively quickly. We really appreciate it and we'll never take them for granted - and I hope they know we're really sincere when we say that."
On how the manager himself reflected on a special day for the club, Dalglish added: "It's a happy memory.
"There aren't many people who remember penalty shoot-outs. The most important thing is that on the Carling Cup it says: Winners, Liverpool.
"It's a reward for everybody at the football club. Everybody in every single part of the football club has played their respective parts in getting to where we've got to. A piece of silverware is pretty rewarding."
The team may have changed vastly this summer but the story of our latest final was a familiar one.
Sunday was the fourth time Liverpool have required penalties to win a trophy since Dalglish's first reign as manager.
"Yes, but most of the time we win," said Dalglish."That's the most important thing.
"We did it the right way during the game. It tends to be forgotten but I think we played really well. We passed and moved it and it's a great reflection on the fusion between our old players and new players.
"There are a lot of people who came in a year ago or less, and when you consider someone like Dirk Kuyt has had to wait six years for a medal and they've done it within a matter of eight months, they can be very proud of what they've achieved.
"It's difficult to come into a club like this and have a good transition. To get some silverware in their first year, it's great credit to every single one of them, not just the new boys. They've accepted each other and they are a very close-knit bunch of players.
"The disappointing thing is that some of them had to be left out, but even the ones who were left out were there and felt part of it and really enjoyed the celebrations after it."
Dalglish and the players were joined in the dressing room after the match by owners John Henry and Tom Werner, who have invested generously since taking control of the club 18 months ago.
"Seeing them have great smiles on their faces was fantastic reward for them," said Dalglish. "They came into the club at a difficult time and I'm not sure what targets they set other than to take us forward.
"I don't know if it's going forward quicker than they imagined but they were delighted and we were delighted for them, because they've done a great deal for this football club in the short time they've been in.
"It is a great place to be, inside a Liverpool dressing room. Obviously when you've won it's that bit more special.
"We've had a few disappointments along the way, and I'm sure there'll be a few more to come, but being in the dressing room on Sunday after the game made it worthwhile for everybody.
"Not just the players - the punters will have enjoyed it, they played their part.
"The owners, the backroom staff, Steve Clarke has been magnificent, Kevin Keen has been brilliant. There isn't anybody who hasn't played their part, and as we've always said, if we stick together and act as one, we'll always have a better chance."