It's been all Liverpool in the early going at Anfield and now they have something to show for against Manchester City - £35M striker Andy Carroll notching his first goal for the club after a long long spell of pressure which included two corners and Luis Suarez hitting the post. not much looked on when Raul Meireles picked up a loos ball from range, but his rather pathetic shot bounced off Vincent Kompany and landed straight at the feet of Andy Carroll. Instead of taking a touch of controlling, Carroll slammed a blistering daisy-cutting to Joe Hart's right and straight into the back of the net. Hart might have done better there, but that shot stayed hit.
If a 1-0 deficit fifteen minutes into the game wasn't bad enough, Carlos Tevez has just been forced off the pitch by what looks like a bad a hamstring injury. That's bad news for Roberto Mancini, since his side has a date with Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday. Mario Balotelli has replaced the captain, but we'll have to see whether Tevez can play in the semi-final. Early signs are worrying.