The first trophy of the 2015-16 English football season is on the line this Sunday as Liverpool and Manchester City face off in the League Cup Final.
Liverpool has won a record eight League Cup titles, with their last triumph coming in 2012, while Manchester City has won the trophy three times, most recently in 2014 .
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Many of the players from Man City’s 2014 cup-winning team are still with the club, and they will look at Sunday’s match as an opportunity to win the first of a possible three trophies this season.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini looked past the FA Cup to focus on the Champions League and League Cup, and so far his plan has worked out. City earned a 3-1 away win over Dynamo Kiev in the UCL and will now look to get past Liverpool at Wembley. The Citizens have gotten some good injury news as well, with Wilfried Bony, Jesus Navas, and Eliaquim Mangala all fit to play this weekend.
Liverpool last won a trophy in 2012 and it was in this competition, defeating Cardiff City in penalties. While the Reds are still alive in the Europa League, Sunday’s final is clearly their best chance to win something in Jurgen Klopp‘s first season at the club.
Klopp will feel confident heading into the final, as Liverpool smashed Manchester City 4-1 in their first Premier League meeting this season. In that match, the duo of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino tore apart the City defense, and their attacking play will be key to Liverpool’s chances on Sunday.