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League Cup final feature: Pictures & Videos: Liverpool's previous successes in the competition

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We look back, with the help of images and clips of Liverpool's previous eight League Cup successes, as they try to make it nine when they face Manchester City.

1) 1981 Liverpool 1-1 West Ham United - Wembley; Replay: Liverpool 2-1 West Ham United - Villa Park

This season was remembered more for Liverpool's first European Cup triumph but it was also when the Reds' love affair with the competition began. 

The first game at Wembley ended in draw. After a goalless 90 minutes, the tie went into extra time with Bob Paisley's Liverpool side taking the lead in the 118th minute through an Alan Kennedy strike after the referee consulted with his linesman with Sammy Lee lying in the penalty area. But the Reds joy was short lived as West Ham United equalised through a Ray Stewart penalty, after Terry McDermott handled a goal-bound header from Alvie Martin onto the crossbar.

The replay took place at Villa Park and the Hammers seemed to have the momentum when they took the lead through an early Paul Goddard header.

Their lead only lasted 20 minutes when Kenny Dalglish struck for the Reds, with Alan Hansen getting what proved to be the winner three minutes later, below are the highlights.

2) 1982: Liverpool 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur (AET) - Wembley

Steve Archibald's low strike, after some persistence, gave Spurs an early lead which they managed to hold on to until the 87th minute - when Ronnie Whelan managed to force extra time as he turned home David Johnson's cross.

Whelan struck again in extra-time as he rifled home a Kenny Dalglish cross from six yards out before Ian Rush stroked home another cross from Johnson to round off the scoring. 

Liverpool ended up recording back-to-back League Cup wins, denying their former goalkeeper Ray Clemence of that accolade in the process as he kept goal for Spurs on that day.

3) 1983: Livepool 2-1 Manchester United (AET)

It was starting to become a familiar feeling with Liverpool in this competition at Wembley as this was yet another occasion when they were taken to extra time, and again they fell behind.

Norman Whiteside gave United an early lead after he chested a long ball down, turned Alan Hansen to leave him on his backside, before slotting into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Alan Kennedy struck from distance 15 minutes before the end of normal time to force extra time. Ronnie Whelan struck with what was something of a trademark goal as he curled his shot into the top corner.

4) 1984 Liverpool 0-0 Everton - Wembley; Liverpool 1-0 Everton - Maine Road

The goalless draw at Wembley saw the best chance fall to Ian Rush from only a few yards out. The man that would go on to become Liverpool's record goalscorer, and a man who had such a good record against Everton, somehow managed to miss.

The replay at the home of Manchester City, however, was settled by a moment of brilliance from the Liverpool captain Graeme Souness as he turned and struck with his left foot on the half-volley midway through the first half. 

It would end up being the first leg of a memorable treble for the Reds during Joe Fagan's first season in charge after succeeding Bob Paisley in the managerial hotseat.

5) 1995 Liverpool 2-1 Bolton Wanderers - Wembley

It was to be the only trophy of the Roy Evans reign, but for the first for the Reds in three years, and the final belonged to Steve McManaman.

A goal before half time gave the Reds the lead before the interval, with McManaman doubling his tally, and Liverpool's lead, midway through the second half. Alan Thompson's goal immediately after gave Bruce Rioch's side hope of a comeback, but Liverpool managed to see things out.

6) 2001 Liverpool 1-1 Birmingham City (AET), Liverpool win on penalties - Millennium Stadium

The first trophy in a memorable treble winning season for Gerard Houllier's side, the first for the manager and the first for the club since their previous League Cup triumph. Robbie Fowler's stunning volley gave Liverpool a first half lead before a rash Stephane Henchoz challenge on Martin O'Connor allowed Darren Purse to equalise from the penalty spot.

Didi Hamann hit the post in extra time but Liverpool were forced to penalties by Trevor Francis's side. Martin Grainger had his kick saved by Sander Westerveld. Hamann had his saved after four spot-kicks which meant the tie went to sudden death. Andy Johnson saw his spot-kick saved; this was after Jamie Carragher despatched his penalty confidently following a long run-up! You might also remember Robbie Fowler struggling to extract champagne corks from bottles.

7) 2003 Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United - Millennium Stadium 

It wasn't the greatest season for Liverpool but this was certainly a highlight as they secured silverware against one of their fiercest rivals. A first half Steven Gerrard deflected and looped over Fabian Barthez to give the Reds a first half lead while Jerzy Dudek pulled off a string of fine saves at the other end of the ground. The Pole ended up with the man of the match award, making up for his nightmare display against the same side from earlier on in the season in the Premier League. 

As United pushed for an equaliser, Liverpool capitalised on the counter-attack and Michael Owen's late goal wrapped the game up for the Reds.

8) 2012 Liverpool 2-2 Cardiff City (AET), Liverpool win on penalties - Wembley

It was the day when Kenny Dalglish completed the set in terms of domestic honours won as manager in his second spell. Despite lifting the Reds' most recent trophy, and reaching the FA Cup final in that season, Dalglish was relieved of his duties following a disappointing league campaign.

The game itself however saw Liverpool fall behind in the first half to a Joe Mason strike to give the Bluebirds a half-time lead, which was cancelled out by Martin Skrtel after the break. Neither side could find a winner in normal time but the Reds struck in extra-time through Dirk Kuyt. That lead didn't last too long as Liverpool failed to deal with a set-piece and Ben Turner bundled home from close range to force penalties.

The first three spot-kicks were all missed. Steven Gerrard had his attempt tipped onto the bar by Tom Heaton, Kenny Miller hit the outside of the post for the Championship side, and Charlie Adam's attempt for Liverpool missed the target by some distance. 

Don Cowie gave Cardiff the lead before Dirk Kuyt got Liverpool on the board. Rudy Gestede missed for Cardiff which was followed by Stewart Downing and Peter Whittingham finding the net for their respective side. Glen Johnson's penalty put Liverpool in the driving seat, and meant Anthony Gerrard was tasked with keeping the game alive put he dragged his spot-kick wide to give the Reds their eighth triumph in the competition. 

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