It’s Manchester City v Liverpool and any discuss of this tie always brings adult memories of what went on between these dual sides during Maine Road on 5 May 1996 when, with City wanting a idea to stay up, Steve Lomas ran down to a dilemma dwindle in sequence to strengthen a 2-2 draw, meditative that’s all his group compulsory to kick a drop. They indispensable a bit some-more than that – a aforementioned idea to be accurate – yet by a time they realised it was too late. City were down and wouldn’t be seen in a tip moody again for another 4 years, even spending an outrageous year down in a third tier. Lomas had began his day by scoring an possess idea too. All in all, it was Cityitis in a purest form.
Happily enough, such slapstick efforts are apropos a thing of a past now, interjection to Sheikh Mansour’s billions. City are a champions of England and have won an FA Cup. They’ve got players like Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure, where once it was Shaun Goater, Nicky Summerbee and Jamie Pollock. No corruption to any of those players, but. Yet notwithstanding their riches, not all has left to devise for City this season. They come into this compare 10 points behind Manchester United after usually handling a 0-0 pull with QPR in a week, Roberto Mancini has had to acknowledge better in his bid to put Him on a right lane and no one can find Samir Nasri, even yet he keeps being named on a teamsheet each week.
Incidentally Paul Dickov, who helped City shun Division Two with his late heroics in a 1999 play-off final, has left Oldham currently – a week after putting Liverpool to a sword in a FA Cup. It’s not been a good day for those compared with City – another aged boy, Keith Curle, has been sacked by Notts County. But it’s Dickov’s depart that allows us to pierce quickly on to Liverpool, who are still smarting from being given a runaround by Dr Who final Sunday. Given what happened during Boundary Park, we fear what Aguero, Silva and Carlos Tevez competence do to Liverpool’s defence. But then, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge will imagination their chances opposite a City counterclaim brief on Kompany.
Liverpool are a humorous side. At one moment, they demeanour like a shouting batch and before we know it they are melancholy to spin into a really good team. Judging by some of a things he comes out with in his press conferences, Brendan Rodgers contingency be as confused as a rest of us. He’ll know that City are a organisation favourites today. They have tended to be convincing when underneath vigour in large matches during home underneath Roberto Mancini and have handed Liverpool dual gubbings, 3 goals to none, in their final dual joining matches opposite them during a Etihad. Although, carrying pronounced that, Liverpool won here in a League Cup final deteriorate and are dominant in their final 3 matches opposite City. Conclusion: anything could happen.