Liverpool Vs. Manchester City, 2012 Carling Cup Semifinals: Lineup

Manchester City will have to overcome a 1-0 first leg deficit at Anfield if they want to meet Cardiff City in this season's Carling Cup final at Wembley. In order to do so, Roberto Mancini has opted to go for a rather weird-looking lineup - he seems to be going with a back three and wingbacks in a Napoli-esque shape, while Liverpool sit in a standard looking 4-5-1. Mario Balotelli is suspended, so Edin Dzeko is the man to take point for City, while Dirk Kuyt (for wont of better options) will serve as the hosts' dangerman.

Liverpool starting XI (4-5-1): Pepe Reina; Jose Enrique, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson; Craig Bellamy, Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing; Dirk Kuyt.

Substitutes from: Doni, Andy Carroll, Maxi Rodriguez, Sebastian Coates, Jamie Carragher, Jonjo Shelvey, Martin Kelly.

Manchester City starting XI (3-4-2-1): Joe Hart; Joleon Lescott, Stefan Savic, Micah Richards; Alexsandar Kolarov, Nigel de Jong, Gareth Barry, Pablo Zabaleta; Samir Nasri, David Silva; Edin Dzeko.

Substitutes from: Costel Pantilimon, Gael Clichy, James Milner, Owen Hargreaves, Glen Johnson, Sergio Aguero, Karim Rekik.

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