Jose Enrique admits the League Cup has provided Liverpool with an opportunity for silverware they simply can't turn down.
The Reds hold a slender one-goal advantage going into tonight's semi-final, second leg at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard's penalty at the Etihad Stadium a fortnight ago currently the difference between the two sides.
Despite their contrasting fortunes in the Barclays Premier League of late, Kenny Dalglish's side have it in their hands ahead of the Citizens' trip to Merseyside, and Enrique knows Liverpool will have to be at their best to keep their opponents at bay.
"The return match against City won't be easy, even though we have a one-goal advantage. We will have to prepare mentally as if we hadn't won the first leg and look for the victory," the Spaniard told Goal.com.
"If we play in a conservative manner, City's attacking power could see us defeated. The match is very important for the club and for me. The club hasn't played in a final for some time and now we are 90 minutes away from a date at Wembley. We can't lose this opportunity we have been given.
"I left Newcastle in the summer in order to experience these sensations. To be in finals and fight for titles. That's why I am satisfied, up until now, with the step I took."
The Reds' last major domestic trophy came in 2006, when Rafa Benitez led the Merseyside outfit to FA Cup glory at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. A Steven Gerrard inspired Liverpool beat West Ham on penalties after a 3-3 draw.
Ironically, an aggregate victory over City would set up a final at Wembley against Cardiff, and the former Levante full-back knows it's a great opportunity to repay the fans for their fantastic support.
"The team are confident because the opportunity is unique, to give some joy back to the fans after a drought stretching back a few years, but we all know that this match at Anfield will be like a final and we have to play it intelligently, without thinking that our rival is the Premier League leader," the defender added.
"The atmosphere at the ground will be one of those that makes the players' hair stand on end and that has a positive influence in all respects. City will notice it as soon as they go out on the pitch."
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