League Cup Semi Final Take One

Andy Carroll's goal against Oldham has hopefully given him some confidence...
Liverpool are off to the Etihad once again as they prepare to face Manchester City in the first leg of the Carling Cup Semi Final on Wednesday night. The most recent clash between the sides saw City put three past Liverpool, the Reds made a good performance, they just couldn't find the net.

Liverpool don't have any new injury worries and Dalglish is expected to bring back Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson into his defence after he chose a totally different back four in the FA Cup game against Oldham.

Manchester City have doubts hanging over the fitness of Balotelli, David Silva and Dzeko. City also have another big blow after Kompany's appeal against his red card received in the FA Cup was rejected, the defender starts a four match ban beginning Wednesday night.

Liverpool last faced Manchester City in the League Cup in 1995. The Reds put 4 past City at Anfield but we all know that things have changed since then, mainly in terms of money for the boys in blue.

Stat Sandwich

  • This is Liverpool's 8th away game in 9 League Cup ties.
  • If City win, it will be their 6th in a row in the League Cup at home.
  • A 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at the Bridge in 2007 is the only time Liverpool have failed to score in 42 League Cup games.

After a mixed up side started against Oldham as mentioned above there should be some consistency back in the line up with the regular back four. One thing most people enjoyed about the FA Cup line up though was Craig Bellamy, with a decent rest in between matches here's hoping he starts this one. I also think with Maxi in the midfield too, the combination against Oldham was a winning one, even if the opposition was of a lower pedigree the way the Reds played was exciting.

Liverpool of course have the home leg to fall back on should something go wrong but i think we're fully capable of getting a draw. Even a 1-0 loss wouldn't be devastating but if City find their footing and turn it into a rout i can't see us coming back at the Etihad.

Enjoy the match folks!

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