Liverpool v Manchester City – Preview, Prediction, TV Listings, Betting Odds – Carling Cup – 25 January 2012
Liverpool have a 1-0 lead heading into the second leg of the English Carling Cup semifinals against Manchester City. The match will take place at Anfield in Liverpool, England on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Kickoff is scheduled for 14:45 EST (USA Eastern), 19:45 GMT (UK time), and 20:45 CET (Central Europe).
Liverpool v Manchester City TV Listings
The match will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel (USA), Rogers Sportsnet (Canada), Sky Sports 1 (UK), Sky Sport (Italy), Sport TV2 (Portugal), SportKlub+ (SE Europe/Poland), SuperSport (Africa), C+ (Finland/Spain/Denmark/Sweden/Norway), Sport 1 (Germany/Hungary/Romania), Sport 2 (Israel/Slovakia/Czech Republic), and Al Jazeera Sport (Middle East).
Liverpool v Manchester City Preview
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish
“We have a slight advantage, we just need to go into the game and compete. It’s not going to be a game that’s going to be anything other than really difficult for us. They got a fantastic result on Sunday against Tottenham which keeps them at the top of the league, so I’m sure they’ll be well up for it.
“For us it’s important to do our own job, and if we do that then a wee bit of luck as well wouldn’t go amiss.
“Hopefully it will be a fantastic occasion for everyone. The punters will be turning up, there’ll be loads of support for us but we need to do something that’s going to get the supporters on our side. We can’t always leave it for them to lift us, sometimes we need to lift them.
“We can’t take it for granted that the fans are going to be there. We should never assume we’re going to get the fantastic support that we do – we’ve got to earn that. They’ve got to see that we’re up to put in a tremendous effort on Wednesday night to get a result for the club.”
“In the past we’ve rightly praised them when they’ve deserved it, we’ve given them plaudits when we’ve done well and we’ve congratulated them for the way they’ve gone about their work. When you’ve been critical it doesn’t mean to say you’re getting any pleasure from it because at the end of the day we’re all in it together. It’s not the coaching staff and the players, it’s everybody.
“It’s a difficult thing to do but I think it was an honest thing to do as well. I don’t think anybody can hide behind a performance like we had on Saturday and I don’t think anyone would try to do that. We’ve praised them when they’ve been good and we have to be honest in our appraisal when we’ve been bad as well.”
“Let’s not be running away with ourselves, let’s make sure we get the hard work done first.”
Man City player Gareth Barry
“We were very disappointed with our performance at home but we’re good enough to go to Anfield and turn it round.”
“With us being a goal behind and playing away from home, we can go there and play good football and maybe the pressure will be on them a little bit more.
“It will definitely help the confidence inside the club if we win a cup midway through the season. We’re desperate to win the League Cup.”
Man City player James Milner
“We will be going there to get the result we need to take us to Wembley.”
“The Carling Cup is a major honour, make no mistake about it. People talk about it being a lesser trophy for some reason, but it is big and in truth any trophy is important.
“It was a big disappointment not being able to defend our trophy but if there is a plus side to being out of the FA Cup, it is that we have a free weekend coming up.”
“That means we can freshen up the legs a bit more after playing every three days or so like we have been.”
Carling Cup Team Stats
|Goals||Luis Suárez 3||Edin Dzeko 2|
|Assists||Luis Suárez 3|
|Yellows||Jamie Carragher 2||Owen Hargreaves 1|
Liverpool v Manchester City Prediction
Liverpool v Manchester City Betting Odds
Liverpool win – 8/5
Draw – 23/10
Man City win – 17/10