Milner predicts Cup turnaround

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James Milner is in no doubt that Manchester City can overturn a one-goal deficit against Liverpool tonight and progress to the League Cup final at the expense of the Reds.

Steven Gerrard's penalty currently separates the two sides, with Kenny Dalglish's side producing an upset when they visited the Etihad Stadium a fortnight ago.

It's a result that makes the Merseyside outfit favourites ahead of the game at Anfield, and Milner knows it will be a tough challenge - but one Roberto Mancini's side can overcome in the battle to face Cardiff City at Wembley.

"We will be going there to get the result we need to take us to Wembley," Milner told the official City website.

"The Carling Cup is a major honour, make no mistake about it. People talk about it being a lesser trophy for some reason, but it is big and in truth any trophy is important."

Milner has been in fine form of late for the Citizens, with the England international claiming the man-of-the-match award in Sunday's epic 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the league.

But, rather than take the plaudits personally, the former Aston Villa midfielder was quick to highlight the positives his new role is having on the team as a whole as City challenge for trophies on three fronts.

"Maybe the position I am in is slightly different at the moment. I am playing a bit deeper than I’m used to. I have been a bit more disciplined positionally, trying to hold the midfield with Gareth," he continued.

"We are allowing the full-backs to bomb on, really. It is a bit different, but it is whatever is best for the team. That is the main thing. That’s what comes first.

"As long as Manchester City are winning and we are sending the fans home happy, that’s all we want. It’s a good feeling to give them something to shout about and we’ll be hoping to do the same again at Liverpool."

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