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Capital One Cup Final: Liverpool v Manchester City head-to-head

23 February 2016

Liverpool and Manchester City will lock horns at Wembley on Sunday 28th February for the honour of lifting the 2016 Capital One Cup.

It will be the first time the two clubs have ever gone up against each other in a major final, but it's the latest in a long line of encounters over the years. Here, we take a closer look...

League Cup history

There have been just six meetings between the pair in the League Cup, with Manchester City only getting the better of Liverpool on one occasion.

It was a 3-2 win and it came in Round 3 of the 1969/70 campaign, and City went on to lift the trophy at Wembley.

Liverpool have won the League Cup a record eight times, and overcame the Citizens on their path to two of those triumphs. Two-legged victories in 1980/81 and 2011/12 culminated in Cup success, while the other meeting saw the Reds cruise to a 4-0 win in 1996.

First meeting

The clubs first battled it out in 1893, when Liverpool picked up a narrow 1-0 win in Manchester. In fact, the Reds went on to win nine and draw one of the first 10 meetings.

Last time out

The Reds produced a stunning display at the Etihad earlier in the Premier League season, thumping City 4-1 with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Martin Skrtel adding to an Eliaquim Mangala own goal. Sergio Aguero grabbed the consolation for the hosts.

That's entertainment

Wembley could see an entertaining affair with goals very much the norm in recent years. The fixture hasn't produced a clean sheet since a 1-0 win for Liverpool in 2012 - incidentally the last time fewer than three goals were scored in matches between the pair.

Since that night, 32 goals have been netted in eight meetings - an average of four per game.


Manchester City have closed the gap over recent years, but Liverpool dominate the head-to-head record with 84 wins compared to City's 44. There have also been 44 draws from the 172 meetings.

Jurgen Klopp also has the edge over his opposite number, Manuel Pellegrini. In addition to the aforementioned Premier League win back in November, the German got the better of Pellegrini in the 2013 Champions League when Borussia Dortmund overcame Malaga in dramatic circumstances.

The Chilean boss had guided his Spanish outfit to the semi-finals and looked all set to go one step further, until Klopp's Dortmund broke their hearts – two stoppage-time goals sent the German giants to the final at Wembley.

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