Liverpool v Manchester City: Carling Cup Preview

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Liverpool v Manchester City; Anfield; Carling Cup semi-final, second leg; Wednesday 25 January 2012

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Kenny Dalglish could ring the changes following Liverpool's disappointing 3-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at the hands of Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Luis Suarez is still suspended and Reds midfielder Jay Spearing remains sidelined through injury, but Steven Gerrard is expected to start.

Meanwhile, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will be without club captain Vincent Kompany as he serves the last of his four-game ban, so Stefan Savic is expected to deputise again in central defence.

Mario Balotelli will also be absent if the club decides against appealing his four-game ban for an alleged stamp on Scott Parker in Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham.

Johnson: It's not mission impossible

Adam Johnson says the euphoria of Manchester City's FA Cup final victory at Wembley last May has left his teammates with an insatiable appetite for silverware.

As the Citizens travel to Anfield for tonight's Carling Cup semi-final second leg clash, the England international winger insists that turning round the 1-0 deficit from the previous encounter is far from 'mission impossible'.

Johnson feels that Liverpool's first leg advantage could in fact work in City's favour, as Kenny Dalglish's men may ponder how to approach the game - an uncertainty that the visitors can take advantage of.

"It's a tricky one for them," Johnson is quoted by Sky Sports News. "Do they try to attack us or try to defend against our quality players for 90 minutes?

"The thing is no matter who we play, we will create chances at some point. We beat them 3-0 at home, so we can score against them.

"No-one is expecting us to go through so the pressure is off for once and we can go there with freedom, play our football and have a go. It won't be easy but we are quietly confident."

The winning mentality instilled at the Etihad Stadium has breeded a positive feeling throughout the squad, and Johnson hopes the players can utilise that in tonight's clash.

"When you have won something you shouldn't just be content with that. It should drive you on even more," he added. "That's why you see the top players walk away with so many medals at the end of their careers.

"I don't want to be happy just because I have an FA Cup medal. Even if we win the Premier League, I will strive for more. With the players we have, we want to do it again and again. That is the mentality we are developing."

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