Reds ready for City test
Liverpool are gearing up for a Carling Cup semi-final and confidence is trickling down from the Reds' manager through the entire squad.
Last Updated: 10/01/12 6:50pm
Liverpool are gearing up for a Carling Cup semi-final and confidence is trickling down from the Reds' manager and through the entire squad.
Kenny Dalglish's side head to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday for the first leg of their last-four showdown with Manchester City.
They will arrive in Manchester fully aware that they suffered a 3-0 defeat against City inside that stadium just a week previous.
That result will offer comfort to the hosts, but the Liverpool camp are refusing to read too much into it.
"We lost 3-0 and so we will look at it but I don't think it will be a reflection on the next two games coming up (against City)," said Dalglish.
Midfielder Jay Spearing is also of the opinion that the Reds will be a much tougher proposition this week than they were last.
"We know what we have to do better and we will be better," he told liverpoolfc.tv.
"We will get at them right from the off and I still feel we can cause them a lot of problems.
"They are going to be two massive games and I don't see any reason why we can't make the final."
Former City striker Craig Bellamy was unable to influence proceedings off the bench as the Reds came unstuck in their last Premier League outing, but he believes Dalglish's side are capable of dashing the Blues' cup dreams.
"It's a two-legged match and we have to make sure we are still in the tie," said the Welshman.
"We have the second leg at Anfield and this club knows all about two-legged games, so if we can get it back to Anfield still very much in the tie we will have a great chance of getting to Wembley.
"This club is used to getting to semi-finals and finals and all we can do is give it our best and see where it takes us.
"For me, I didn't believe the 3-0 scoreline was quite correct and this is not just me with my Liverpool head on, but if I was watching the game as a neutral we had 66 per cent possession which is a lot for an away side, especially against a team of Man City's calibre."