League Cup semi preview: Liverpool, Everton look to finish the job

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The second-leg of the League Cup semifinal is upon us, as teams are just one match away from the final at Wembley.

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Both Liverpool and Everton hold aggregate leads after the first leg, but each contest is far from decided as Premier League foes Stoke City and Manchester City will look to turn the tides midweek.

Liverpool vs. Stoke City (Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. ET)
Liverpool leads 1-0 on aggregate

Jordon Ibe’s away goal in the first leg gives Liverpool the advantage heading into Tuesday’s match at Anfield. The Reds dominated a poor Stoke City side in the first meeting but were able to score just once, leaving the door wide open for the Potters. However, Stoke is coming off of a big loss in the Premier League to Leicester and will be forced to play without captain and center-back Ryan Shawcross, who is sidelined with a back injury.

The Reds will look to ride the wave of emotion from this weekend’s thrilling 5-4 win over Norwich City and book a spot at Wembley for the final, giving Jurgen Klopp a shot at a trophy early in his Liverpool career.

Manchester City vs. Everton (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET)
Everton leads 2-1 on aggregate

Manchester City and Everton will meet for the third time in three weeks on Wednesday, with the visiting Toffees holding a slight advantage. First-leg goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ramiro Funes Mori give Everton the aggregate lead, but Jesus Navas was able to score a crucial away goal for City. With the second-leg at the Etihad, a 1-0 win will be enough for the Citizens to reach the final.

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In their recent Premier League meeting, Everton held City scoreless at the Etihad for the first time in nearly a year. However, since that match, Sergio Aguero has scored four goals in two games and will look to stay on target against the Toffees on Wednesday. Trending in the opposite direction, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku was been held off the scoresheet for three straight matches after scoring 12 in 12.