John Aldridge on Liverpool's League Cup chances, pinpoints two key areas for Manchester City

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Liverpool and Manchester City meet in Sunday's League Cup final.

Liverpool legend John Aldridge has said if his old side win the League Cup on Sunday then the chances are they won't do it the easy way against Manchester City.

He also pinpointed two key factors related to City - in the return of Vincent Kompany to the heart of their defence, and Sergio Aguero's goalscoring exploits up front. 

He wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "For City on Sunday the big thing is that Vincent Kompany is back and he’s a huge presence for them. But he hasn’t been back long and Liverpool showed at the Etihad the problems their movement could cause, albeit he didn’t play.

"Up front it’s all about Aguero because keep him quiet and you keep City quiet.

"It will be tight and you’ve got to win your battles all over the pitch.

"And with Liverpool in finals we know it will never be easy - just look at Istanbul, West Ham in Cardiff, even Arsenal in 2001, right back to the one I played in against Everton in 1989."

Both sides have a game in Europe before Sunday's showpiece. City travel to Ukraine to take on Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 of the Champions League while Liverpool have the second leg of their Europa League tie at home to Augsburg on Thursday.

Neither side are showing the best of form lately - with City taking two blows to their title challenge recently, and were knocked out of the FA Cup, while Liverpool have never really found consistency this season, and you can never really know which version of the Reds is going to turn up. 

City do look more solid at the back when their captain is fit and in good form, while Sergio Aguero is a top quality finisher.

It's a tough one to call on Sunday as a result. Aldridge is right to point out that Liverpool do have a knack of doing things the hard way - two of their last three League Cup triumphs have come about via penalty shoot-out wins in the final, and they were against sides in the second tier of English football.

This weekend's final does seem to carry great significance for both sides. City because it could breathe fresh life into their campaign and they will look to win as much silverware in Manuel Pellegrini's final season, while Liverpool will want something to show for their efforts this term.

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