Writing in his regular column, Merson feels Liverpool are vulnerable from crosses and set-pieces and adds they were fortunate to beat Stoke City in the semi-final over the two legs.
“Manchester City will win the Capital One Cup unless something drastic changes in the next three weeks. They have taken it seriously by putting out a strong team in each round and they have got too much for Liverpool,” Merson explained.
“Liverpool were lucky to get through. Stoke were the better team against them but they missed a trick in the first leg. Liverpool can’t defend crosses or set plays but Stoke didn’t test them enough.”
Liverpool are not a great team. They are all over the place at set plays.”
City will head in to the League Cup final as favourites to lift the trophy after seeing off Everton in the semi-final, though they will be rocked by the injury to Kevin De Bruyne.
The Belgium international has suffered knee ligament damage and has been ruled out action until April, missing the League Cup final as well as a number of Premier League matches.
But having said that, Manuel Pellegrini’s men will still fancy their chances against a Liverpool side who have been frustratingly inconsistent under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds have recorded some stunning wins this season, including beating City 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium, yet for standout victory there has been an equally disappointing defeat.
Defensively the Merseyside club are susceptible to lapses in concentration, and to stand a chance in the League Cup final they will have to perform to the very best of their abilities.