Second Leg With City In League Cup

Will Gerrard get on the score sheet again Wednesday night?...
Manchester City travel to Anfield on Wednesday night for the second leg of the Carling Cup tie between the two sides. With Liverpool holding the slight advantage, the game is perfectly poised for an exciting clash and the winner is off to Wembley.

Liverpool of course haven't been to the new Wembley, not that any more incentive is required but it sure would be nice to see the Reds there fighting for some silverware.

Man City have a few problems suspension wise, Vincent Kompany serves the last of his four match ban and Mancini's side are left with a dilemma over Balotelli. He's been charged by the FA with violent conduct and unless Man City appeal before 6:00pm on Wednesday, then the striker will miss the match starting his four match ban.

Speaking of suspensions, it's Luis Suarez's birthday this Tuesday and the striker doesn't have long left before he's allowed back into the team. Jay Spearing is a doubt also for manager Kenny Dalglish who will perhaps look to make some changes to his starting line up after some strong words when the lads fell to defeat at Bolton.

Steven Gerrard netted a penalty in the first leg for Liverpool and now the Reds will be looking to capitalise on their aggregate advantage. A win is more than most Liverpool fans expected but just the one goal is always going to provide a nervy situation.

Stat Sandwich

  • Liverpool have failed to score just once in their last 43 League Cup games.
  • Manchester City have won the League Cup twice.
  • This is Liverpool's 14th semi final.

I know i keep droning on about it but i do once again feel that both Craig Bellamy and Maxi Rodriguez should start, they give us nothing but an attacking advantage in my eyes. The section where we appear to be going wrong is in the centre of midfield, there's been a lot of stick for Henderson and Adam lately and although i agree with some of it, i don't with all. 

When Gerrard is forced to play defensively in the midfield i think it raises questions as to what is expected from Hendo and Adam, personally i don't think this set up works, surely it would make more sense to deploy Henderson as the defensive midfielder and then free up Gerrard completely.

Just my opinion of course and obviously it would all be a hell of a lot easier if that little Brazilian Lucas was better but he's not, so we need to think of a plan b for now, one that's consistent and works.

Despite the very poor performance against Bolton, i have faith in the side for this one, we enjoy the big occasions and I'm certain Dalglish has given all of them a kick up the arse.

Here's hoping Wednesday night we'll be celebrating the fact that Liverpool are in the final of the League Cup!!

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