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Tuesday 24 January 2012

Milner targets Wembley final

Winger believes Manchester City can overcome Liverpool in second leg

James Milner scored as Man City recorded a 3-0 win over Liverpool at the start of January

Manchester City winger James Milner says his team will be going all out to overturn their Carling Cup semi-final deficit against Liverpool on Wednesday.

The sides meet in the second leg at Anfield with Liverpool leading 1-0 thanks to Steven Gerrard's penalty in the first match at the Etihad Stadium.

And Milner told Manchester City's official website: "We know Liverpool are very strong at Anfield and they are a very strong team, too, but we have confidence that we can win anywhere.

"We will be going there to get the result we need to take us to Wembley.

"There'll be loads of support for us but we need to do something that's going to get the supporters on our side"
- Kenny Dalglish

Manchester City currently lead the Barclays Premier League by three points following Sunday’s dramatic 3-2 victory over title rivals Tottenham.

And Milner says his team can build on that result ahead of Wednesday's fixture and for the rest of the campaign.

"It is all about keeping the momentum going," added the 26-year-old. "We are coming to the end of January and we are still going well.

"It shows the strength in depth we have and the quality in the squad also. We've had injuries and suspensions to contend with and have players at the Africa Cup of Nations as well.

"Yet we are still managing to win games. The competition for places is fierce, which is what you need to be successful."

Liverpool are aiming to secure their first Wembley appearance since 1996 and manager Kenny Dalglish wants his players to give something back to the fans following Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Bolton.

"We have a slight advantage, we just need to go into the game and compete," Dalglish told the official Liverpool website. "It's not going to be a game that's going to be anything other than really difficult for us.

"Hopefully it will be a fantastic occasion for everyone. The punters will be turning up, there'll be loads of support for us but we need to do something that's going to get the supporters on our side.

"We can't always leave it for them to lift us, sometimes we need to lift them."

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Key Points

  • Man City trail 1-0 going into Wednesday's Carling Cup second leg with Liverpool
  • James Milner desperate for City to make Wembley final
  • Liverpool boss Dalglish wants team to bounce back from Bolton loss