Spearing predicts City backlash

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Liverpool will face Manchester City in the Carling Cup semi-final next week holding a burning desire to put things right after last night's disappointing 3-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium, reveals Jay Spearing.

The 23-year-old midfielder could do little to prevent Kenny Dalglish's Reds side fall to the Barclays Premier League leaders in the first of three meetings between the two clubs in January.

Spearing believes the final scoreline flattered City after Liverpool dominated possession for large periods, but a lack of cutting edge in front of goal meant they couldn't take advantage.

"The goals we conceded were our own fault and we could have done better to prevent them," he told Liverpoolfc.tv. "I thought as a team we did quite well overall. We used the ball well at times and just some lapses in concentration cost us the game.

"Sometimes it is the small details which can cost you in these games. When it was still 0-0 Jordan Henderson put a great ball through to Stewart Downing, and he was unlucky not to score when Joe Hart made a great save. If that had gone in it could have been a different story.

"We know what we have to do better when we come back here next week in the Carling Cup and we will be better.

"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."

The return to fitness of club captain Steven Gerrard, who made another 30 minute cameo last night, will also provide the club with a welcome boost and help Liverpool in their search for success in 2012.

"We have Steven Gerrard back now and he is a massive influence on the team and we will go into the two games with confidence," added Spearing. "Before we can think about that though we have to get ready for our next game which is the FA Cup against Oldham.

"It's another important game for us and we want to get back to winning ways in front of our own fans."

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