You know that we are getting to the business end of the football season when the first cup final comes round.
Liverpool and Manchester City meet at Wembley in the Capital One Cup final and it is a showdown between two teams you would have to say have under-performed this season.
It is a chance for both to put some poor form behind them and City boss Manuel Pellegrini will be desperate to finish on a high, while Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to show their fans that this is just the start of a trophy winning spell under his guidance.
Liverpool have lost only twice to City in their last 11 meetings, which is a surprising statistic given City’s spending power – and I’m going for Liverpool to win this one.
Klopp has a good record while at Borussia Dortmund for getting his players fully focused and fired up for the big occasion.
Liverpool ripped City apart at the Etihad in the Premier League and a similar display should take the silverware back to Merseyside.
City got a good result in Kiev in the Champions League this week, but we have seen that they are really tested when they go behind as recent defeats to Spurs and Leicester City have shown.
Getting Vincent Kompany back is a boost for City, but it could well be Liverpool’s day even if their opponents have got their leader back.