Liverpool and Manchester City have appeared in 70 English ‘cup finals’ between them, including the FA Cup, League Cup and the Community Shield, formerly the Charity Shield.
Amazingly, though, they have never previously met in a final.
You would have thought that these two famous teams would have contested something - either at Wembley or Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium - at least once during the past 100 years or so. But they haven’t.
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Which makes their meeting, in this season’s first showcase event, a unique and fascinating occasion as this will be the first time the two north-west giants have ever competed, head-to-head, for a major domestic trophy.
So, what is the record of their individual outcomes when each team has played in a major, domestic final previously?
The first thing is that as a club, Manchester City have appeared in considerably fewer finals than Liverpool.
Before Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final, City have previously appeared in 24 finals, winning 12 of them (5 FA Cups, 3 League Cups and 4 Community Shields), giving them a win rate of exactly 50%.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have been in 46 domestic cup finals of which they have won 25, (7 FA Cups, 8 League Cups and 10 Community Shields), giving them a slightly better win percentage of 54%.
History favours Liverpool
On the only occasions when Liverpool and Manchester City have previously met, in the knockout stages of the League Cup competition, the Reds have been the victors on all but one occasion; the 1969 meeting which City won 3-2.
Since then, Liverpool have overcome their final opponents in two sets of semi-finals (1981 and 2012) plus a third round meeting in 1995 which the Anfield side won 4-0, making a total, in Liverpool’s favour, of played 6; won 3, drawn 2 and lost 1.
Staying with cup history between the two sides and adding in the FA Cup, they have played each other a further seven times, with one draw, two City wins and four victories to Liverpool.
So, whilst history has never pitted these two against each other in a final, when fate has drawn them together in domestic cup competitions, the outcome has very definitely been in favour of Liverpool.
So far, the head-to-head in domestic cup competitions, thanks to statto.com, reads in Liverpool’s favour:
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The overall record between the two teams, when league matches are included, shows that Liverpool’s total win rate, compared with Manchester City’s, would suggest that the force has always been with the Reds.
The figures show that the two teams have played each other, in league and cup fixtures, a total of 172 times, with Liverpool winning on 84 occasions (49%), City winning 44 times (26%) and there being 44 draws (26%).
So, whilst history favours Liverpool, Manchester City are considered favourites to lift the trophy, which might just work in Liverpool’s favour, as they love nothing more than proving people wrong whenever they are labelled as underdogs.