Both Liverpool and Manchester City have received injury boosts ahead of Sunday’s Capital One Cup final at Wembley.
Adam Lallana, Joe Allen and Martin Skrtel have all returned to full training for Liverpool, but none are expected to be included in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.
However, Dejan Lovren has recovered from illness earlier this week and could be recalled after Lucas Leiva was used at centre-back in Thursday’s Europa League win over Augsburg.
Manchester City, meanwhile, have Wilfried Bony and Jesus Navas fit again, while Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful captain Vincent Kompany, ex-Reds winger Raheem Sterling and Bacary Sagna will be fine to feature after undergoing recovery sessions away from the main group.
Goalkeeper Willy Caballero will start between the sticks, and Bersant Celina, Manu Garcia and Aleix Garcia could all be in the squad, but Fabian Delph, Kevin De Bruyne and Samir Nasri are all long-term absentees.
Kick-off at Wembley on Sunday is at 4.30pm.
- This will be Liverpool’s 12th League Cup final, a record for the competition. Of the previous 11, they’ve lifted the trophy eight times (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1995, 2001, 2003 and 2012).
- Manchester City have been in four previous League Cup finals, winning in 1970, 1976 and most recently in 2014 against Sunderland. They were runners-up in 1974, losing to Wolves.
- This will be the first final in any competition contested between Liverpool and Manchester City.
- In cup competition, Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight against the Citizens (W6 D2), last losing to them in an FA Cup fourth-round replay in 1973.
- Excluding Community Shield matches, Manchester City have won on four of their last five trips to Wembley – the exception being the FA Cup final loss to Wigan in 2013.
- Jurgen Klopp has now reached a cup final in each of his last five seasons as a manager, but he’s lost the last three. He won the DFB Cup with Dortmund in 2012, lost the Champions League final at Wembley 2013 and lost successive German cup finals in 2014 and 2015.
- Yaya Toure scored and assisted for Man City in their last League Cup final, in which they beat Sunderland 3-1.
- Only three players who played in Liverpool’s last League Cup final in 2012 are still at the club – Martin Skrtel, Jordan Henderson and Jose Enrique. Skrtel scored Liverpool’s first goal on that day.
- City scored 17 times en route to the League Cup final, with nine different City players scoring in this year’s competition (plus one own goal). However, both teams have scored in each of City’s five League Cup games this season.
- Six of Liverpool’s nine League Cup goals on the way to the final came in one game – in their 6-1 demolition of Southampton in the quarter finals.
- Kevin De Bruyne has scored in all four rounds of the League Cup this season for City.
- All three of the goals Liverpool have conceded in this year’s competition have come before half-time.
- Both teams have scored in all four of Liverpool’s visits to the new Wembley Stadium.
- The last eight meetings in all competitions between these sides have produced 32 goals, with both teams finding the net in each match.
- Two of the League Cup finals at the new Wembley Stadium have gone to penalties, with Man United beating Tottenham in 2009, before Liverpool’s triumph over Cardiff in 2012.
- There has been at least one goal in each half in 10 of the last 11 League Cup finals. The exception was Man United and Tottenham’s 0-0 draw in 2009.