Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Man City’s David Silva are expected to be the decisive players as both teams go head to head for the first cup in England this season. Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Manchester City earlier this season was their best performance under Jurgen Klopp so far.
But they’ll come up against a different City side in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley sunday.
However in that game in November, Vincent Kompany and David Silva didn’t play while Fernandinho didn’t come on until half-time, when City were 3-0 down. Sergio Aguero was only half-fit, and substituted after 66 minutes.
However this City side, in personnel at least, are starting to represent their best line-up again – albeit with the absence of Kevin De Bruyne, who was one of their best players in the Liverpool defeat.
City have won 67 per cent of their games with him in the team. That figure drops to 59 per cent when he has been missing. City have kept seven clean sheets from nine Premier League games when he has started and managed just four in the 17 he has missed.
City have also got Silva starting to ease his way back into his game after injury. Aguero is fully fit now and looks incredible. Fernandinho’s back. Analysts believe that if they go on a long run – which they’re more than capable of doing – you can’t really rule them out of anything this season.
However Philippe Coutinho, in particular, is one player City will have to have a plan for today. Coutinho was a major problem for City at the Etihad, where they couldn’t live with him. He might just hold the key to Liverpool winning today, along with Daniel Sturridge.