Jan Molby feels Liverpool's previous encounter against Manchester City could help in League Cup final

Liverpool and Manchester City will contest the League Cup final at the end of February, with their only league meeting so far this season resulting in a 4-1 win for the Reds.

Liverpool legend Jan Molby appears to fancy the club's chances against Manchester City in the League Cup final at the end of February. 

The Reds' victory on penalties against Stoke City on Tuesday night ensured they'd take their place at Wembley while Manchester City overturned a first leg deficit against Everton the following evening. 

Molby believes that a performance against City from earlier on in the season, where the Reds stunned their opponents with a 4-1 win at the Etihad Stadium, can help Jurgen Klopp's side secure the first piece of silverware on offer this season. 

In his Liverpool Echo column, the Dane wrote: "They'll go in as slight underdogs against Manchester City, but we saw earlier in the season that, spectacularly, Liverpool can give them a proper game if they are on form.

"I think the result at the Etihad in November will help Liverpool going into the final. They know that, man for man, City are stronger and have more options in their squad, but it's a nice feeling when you play a side you've battered already, trust me.

"Liverpool's players will know that if they get their energy and their pressing right, they can cause problems. More importantly, City will know that too.

"You have to get City involved in a high tempo game if you want to beat them. They like to control and probe and dominate, but if you can get around them and disrupt that, then they can be got at."

Certainly, Liverpool will take inspiration from that game but it's a different game at a different venue in a different competition, and both sides will probably be keeping an eye on one another's progress over the coming weeks to see what works against them, and who might be lining up against them next month.

Manchester City have had a blow themselves in Kevin De Bruyne being sidelined through knee and ankle injuries - as the Belgian was instrumental in turning their semi-final tie in their favour, but City have a squad littered with expensive stars that could see them fill the void left by the Belgian.

As for Liverpool, they have shown they are not as consistent as City - one only needs to look at their respective league positions, and it's hard to predict which Liverpool side will turn up.

However, they could be boosted by the return of one or two players before Wembley. The Reds still have a three forwards on the sideline and there is the possibility of Daniel Sturridge returning before then - whether they can keep him fit is another matter entirely, while Philippe Coutinho could also return.

There's plenty of football to be played between now and the final, and it will be interesting to see the kind of shape both sides are in going into that clash. 

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