Liverpool came away from the Etihad Stadium with a 1-0 lead over Manchester City following last night's first leg, thanks to a Steven Gerrard penalty.

Kenny Dalglish remained cautious despite victory, insisting his team still have a job to do in the second leg if they are to reach he final at Wembley.

Roberto Mancini said he believes his side can recover from defeat, but seemed more concerned with Glen Johnson's two footed tackle late in the game.

Mancini was incensed that the Liverpool defender went unpunished when Vincent Kompany has received a four match ban for a similar challenge.

Elsewhere last night, Tottenham title tilt continued to gain momentum after a comfortable 2-0 victory that sees them move within 3 points of leaders City.

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Chelsea are rivalling Manchester United for talented young Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos, with the highly rated 17-year-old worth £8m. (Daily Mail)

Arsene Wenger is ready to step up his interest in Frenchman Eric Abidal, by making a £4m offer for the versatile Barcelona defender. (Sky Sports)

Finally, Robbie Keane is set to complete a loan move to Aston Villa this week, signing from MLS Cup Winners LA Galaxy on a two month deal. (Guardian)

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