After a contrasting weekend for the two sides, more cup soccer heads their way, with Kenny Dalglish's team hoping for some revenge for last week's 3-0 league loss at the Etihad.
Zabaleta, Savic, Lescott, Clichy
De Jong, Barry
Milner, Silva, Johnson
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
Henderson, Gerrard, Bellamy
City lodged an appeal, but it was rejected. With fellow defender Kolo Toure on duty with Cote d'Ivoire, Mancini will most likely be forced to bring in youngster Stefan Savic.
Kolo’s brother Yaya Toure is also participating in the Africa Cup of Nations and he should be replaced by Gareth Barry, who didn’t see any game time at the weekend as he served his suspension for his red card picked up in the 3-0 league win over Liverpool. Sergio Aguero could be rested for the midweek League Cup tie, which could see Mario Balotelli return to the starting XI, with Edin Dzeko having picked up a knee problem that is expected to keep him out until next week.
The visitors to the Etihad Stadium have no fresh injury worries, but will have striker Luis Suarez miss the third of his eight-match ban, leaving Andy Carroll to step into the Uruguayan’s boots after a good cameo showing against Oldham on Friday evening.
Stewart Downing’s weekend escapades may have manager Kenny Dalglish believing the former Villa man not to be in the right frame of mind to feature, allowing Jordan Henderson the possibly of a place in the starting lineup.
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- Manchester City could be League Cup finalists for the fourth time if it disposes of Liverpool. Its previous three appearances were in the 1970s, winning twice (’70 and ’76) and runners-up once (’74). This is the Blues’ sixth semifinal.
- Wednesday’s visitors hold a host of records in the competition, including most tournament wins (seven), most appearances in the final (10) and biggest win (10-0 against Fulham in 1983).
- The competition was founded over 50 years ago. It originally begun in 1960, thanks mainly to the clubs of the Football League setting up floodlights in their grounds, allowing for midweek evening fixtures.
- Liverpool was the last side to win the tournament before it took on a sponsor in 1981, with backer Dairy Crest coming in and the competition becoming the Milk Cup.
- Current Reds boss Kenny Dalglish (pictured right) shares the record for most appearances in the final for an individual, playing in five, the same amount as fellow Liverpool legend Ian Rush.
- This is Liverpool’s 13th semifinal and it has succeeded in seven first legs at this stage.