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Liverpool vs Man City: Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

Liverpool welcome Man City to Anfield for their Carling Cup second leg tonight holding a 1-0 advantage after Steven Gerrard sealed a vital away win last week

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Liverpool welcome Manchester City to Anfield for their Carling Cup second leg tonight holding a 1-0 advantage after Steven Gerrard sealed a vital away win last week.

The victors know a clash with Cardiff awaits them in the final at Wembley, after the Welsh club beat fellow Championship side Crystal Palace in a penalty shootout last night.

Neither side will have a better chance for silverware this season and Kenny Dalglish will know he has a golden opportunity to end Liverpool’s six year wait for a trophy.

Team News

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is likely to make changes following Saturday’s disappointing display against Bolton. Jay Spearing could come back into midfield after recovering from injury while Stewart Downing may also be in line for a recall after being dropped against Bolton, Henderson and Maxi are likely to make way.

Dirk Kuyt may also come in for the out-of-form Andy Carroll up front.

City are yet to confirm (at the time of writing) whether they will appeal the FA charge imposed on striker Mario Balotelli. If they accept, the Italian will be suspended for tonights game. However, should the Blues decide to appeal, Balotelli will be available to play.

Roberto Mancini must also make do without captain Vincent Kompany who serves the final game of his four-match ban, so Savic will continue to play alongside Lescott at the back.

Brothers Kolo and Yaya Toure are also unavailable due to their participation in the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast. Nigel De Jong has struggled to establish himself this year so James Milner is likely to continue in midfield with Gareth Barry.

Likely Line-ups

football formations

Predicted Score

Liverpool have been poor at home this season drawing far too many games, although the majority of those results have come against lower league opposition, and the Anfield crowd should ensure the players are up for this one. It’s likely to be an edgy game with both sides giving little away. I can see another home draw for Liverpool here, but one that takes them to Wembley. 1-1 draw but City will push them all the way.

Leave you thoughts on the game in the comments section below…



  1. Jose Drams

    January 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    What kenny D should focus on now, is d attacking line not the midfield at all.Liverpool have only managed to score an average of a goal per match this season, which has shown their accuracy in front of goal.

    • Manish

      January 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Dalglish till now will have experienced the lose of 3 nil as he gave the idea of defense playing in that match there were 4 defenders and 3 defensive midfielders and we lost the match so this time he should focus on attacking and midfield because defense is more stronger no doubt there is gerrard who will control the game as he is The ‘LEGEND’.

  2. chinedu arua

    January 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    king kenny shud play kuyt bellamy maxi upfront for us to get goals tonite.we need to play an all atacking game by getting the first goal and defend well,victory all the way up up lfc.

    • Manish

      January 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      not Maxi it is Kuyt and bellamy are enough he may substitute bellamy………………

  3. Manish

    January 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Gerrard play as a Legend as it is your starting of the season

  4. Manish

    January 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    its the Gerrard who can easily score goals against any team then what is man city…………………….

    • Jardins

      May 24, 2012 at 5:35 am

      Hi Manish!I dn’t know you would reply to me or not.But I realy want to write it for u.I hav seen ur collection in many moveis.Must say ammzing job .I wish I could afford any of these.But they are so expensive.R ur clothes are only for films n celebreties.If so then piz dont show them to other people like me .

  5. Manish

    January 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    The Legend “GERRARD”….. no more better words

  6. Manish

    January 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    the main role would be of THE GERRARD, adam, kuyt , Bellamy , Downing…………………

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