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League Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg



Attendance: 44,590

Referee: Phil Dowd

LiverpoolManchester City
Gerrard (pen 41), Bellamy (74) De Jong (31), Dzeko (67)
Jose Reina     Joe Hart    
Glen Johnson     Micah Richards    
Martin Skrtel     Stefan Savic     (46)
Daniel Agger     Joleon Lescott    
Jose Enrique     Aleksandar Kolarov    
Jordan Henderson     Nigel De Jong     (78)
Charlie Adam     Gareth Barry    
Stewart Downing     Pablo Zabaleta    
Steven Gerrard     David Silva    
Craig Bellamy     (88) Samir Nasri    
Dirk Kuyt     (90) Edin Dzeko    
Alexander Doni     Costel Pantilimon    
Andy Carroll     (90) James Milner    
Rodriguez Maxi     Adam Johnson     (78)
Sebastian Coates     Sergio Aguero     (46)
Jamie Carragher     Owen Hargreaves    
Jonjo Shelvey     Gael Clichy    
Martin Kelly     (88) Karim Rekik    
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Johnny On The Spot: This was an immensely disappointing no show from the league leaders tonight and in this correspondents opinion it was handicapped at the outset by an unusual tactic in fielding three centre backs. The disorganisation at the back cried out for leadership. Thank Mercer Vincent Kompany will return to face an uncompromising fired up Everton. City's undermanned midfield were overrun, but did not help matters by failing to keep tight and get at Liverpool the way they had done against Spurs. Liverpool wanted this game more and relished the free space The Blues afforded them who were immensely fortunate to find the score at nil all. The small matter of Joe Hart's brilliance stood in Liverpool's way repeatedly. Out of nowhere Nigel De Jong hit a belting opener following the pummeling but normal service resumed straight afterwards as Liverpool benefitted from more space, able to pick targets at will. Yet they still needed refereeing assistance to draw level. We are by now well accustomed to shipping godawful decisions and Phil Dowd's judgement was ludicrous in awarding a penalty against Micah Richards for blocking a ball with his thigh that flew skywards on to his arm. Cheers ref, but on the balance of play Liverpool merited the lead. The shellshocked Savic who had been exposed to the lack of protection ahead of him all of the first half was withdrawn at half time as Roberto Mancini went 442 with Kun Aguero joining a shocking Dzeko. Much better from City followed, but various weak links and constant poor defensive failures to clear lines meant Harty again had to unleash another goalkeeping masterclass. Arguably two of City's poorest players on the night then suddenly combined to bring the aggregate score level again. Kolarov hit a beauty of a cross for Dzeko to guide in. Extra time beckoned but Craig Bellamy's battered knees were having none of it. He gave Mancio a reminder here of what his direct approach could have given us in the most difficult phase of the campaign as an extra striker scoring a cracking goal that takes the Micky Mousers to Wembley for the first time since 1996. What have we learned tonight? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. With Everton away a week off, the side that beat Spurs should have taken the field.....We need another striker to bolster options...We cannot rely upon the relentless efforts of Aguero backed by the hopelessly erratic Dzeko and unpredictable Balotelli to see the season out....City are not direct enough right now, either. Too many blind alleys are being run down. Finally, on this evidence tonight as a punishing five weeks draws to a close, the return of Captain Kompany and the Toure brothers will be like bringing in new signings. Well played Liverpool, you gave it a right go. Mancio and City, the tactics and attitude outside of Joe Hart were poor. 6,000+ travelling Blues deserved better. Opportunity knocked and we didn't take it.

Date:Wednesday January 25 2012
Time: 9:49PM


Well played Liverpool, fully deserving of your place in the final. We showed no hunger tonight. Poor performance.
25/01/2012 21:54:00
We weren't really at the races tonight! Well done Scousers, and although I feel the penalty you got was ridiculously soft, i can't argue with the overall result.
25/01/2012 21:54:00
We simply weren't good enough tonight. Well done Liverpool, you wanted to win far more than we appeared to do.
25/01/2012 21:56:00
I don't understand why Milner, Aguero, and Clichy were on the bench we have the weekend off. Milner especially would have added some drive to our midfield that we lacked. Defensively we were an absolute joke, welcome back Kompany and you can bet your house on it that we'll go for a top class CB in the summer now.
25/01/2012 22:04:00
Unless they were carrying knocks Stu? I was expecting to see our strongest side out there tonight. We were a shambles in that first half especially. Fair play to Nigel on a cracking strike though and the Dzeko goal was well taken after a fantastic cross from the otherwise ***** Kolarov.
25/01/2012 22:10:00
Another pressure game , another cup exit
25/01/2012 22:23:00
Nickster, the biggest pressure game that City faced this season was taking on the reigning champions on their own turf and they not only beat them, they raped them.
25/01/2012 22:29:00
BD - old news mate - you whooped our arses on the day, and were the better team - seems you keep harping back to that when you have been beaten by us since then and also Liverfool............
25/01/2012 22:38:00
We beat Pool 3-0 a couple of weeks ago mate. The game against yourselves we played for 85 minutes with ten men and you hung on for dear life at the end to get a narrow victory.
25/01/2012 22:44:00
Your real pressure games are the games you have lost when the outcome of the game is elimination .A recent one comes to mind 3-2 the score
25/01/2012 22:51:00
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