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Two managers at opposite ends of their tenures with their current clubs are going in search of silverware when Liverpool play Manchester City in Sundays Capital One Cup final at Wembley. Jurgen Klopp took over at Liverpool last October and is looking to mark his first season in charge of the club with a trophy, while Manuel Pellegrini, who is to be replaced by Pep Guardiola this summer, knows this will be his final campaign in charge of City.Liverpools route to the final has not been simple. They needed penalties to get past Carlisle in the third round before knocking out Bournemouth and Southampton and winning their semi-final against Stoke via a penalty-shoot-out. Watch the highlights from Liverpools road to the Capital One Cup final In contrast City enjoyed comprehensive wins over Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Hull before beating Everton 4-3 over two legs in their semi-final. Watch the highlights from Man Citys road to the Capital One Cup final This will be Liverpools 12th League Cup final, a record for the competition and theyve lifted the trophy eight times including the 2012 win over Cardiff City. Meanwhile, Man City have been in four previous League Cup finals, winning in 1970, 1976 and most recently in 2014 against Sunderland.Both sides won their European fixtures in midweek with City winning the first leg of their Champions League tie at Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday, while Liverpool knocked Augsburg out of the Europa League thanks to a 1-0 win at Anfield on Thursday.Sundays showpiece kicks off at 4.30pm with coverage starting on Sky Sports 1 at 4pm.Team news Jamie Redknapp and Adam Smith looking ahead to Super Sunday, Capital One Cup Final, Frampton v Quigg and more! Wilfried Bony and Jesus Navas are expected to return to Manchester Citys squad, along with defender Eliaquim Mangala - who has not played since early January but was an unused substitute at Dynamo Kiev. All three players trained fully on Friday.City boss Pellegrini is hopeful captain Vincent Kompany, ex-Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling and Bacary Sagna will be fine to feature after undergoing recovery sessions away from the main group.Goalkeeper Willy Caballero will start in goal ahead of Joe Hart and Bersant Celina, Manu Garcia and Aleix Garcia could all be in the squad, although Fabian Delph, Kevin De Bruyne and Samir Nasri are all long-term absentees. Jamie Redknapp joins Ed Chamberlin to preview the Capital One Cup final between Liverpool and Manchester City Midfielders Adam Lallana and Joe Allen and defender Martin Skrtel have all returned to training with the Liverpool first team but may find it difficult to win a place in the squad at Wembley.The first two have not featured since February 6 because of calf and hamstring problems while Skrtel has been sidelined since mid-December.Fellow defender Dejan Lovren has recovered from illness earlier this week.Klopp made just one change for Thursdays Europa League win over Augsburg and with Lucas Leiva occupying a role in defence in that game the manager has to decide whether to swap him with a genuine centre-back or a midfielder.Opta stats Sergio Aguero says Manchester City will be looking to avenge their Premier League defeat to Liverpool when the two meet in the Capital One Cup final This will be the first final in any competition contested between Liverpool and City.In cup competitions, Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight against City (W6 D2), last being defeated by them in an FA Cup fourth-round replay in 1973.Klopp has now reached a cup final in each of his last five seasons as a manager, but he has lost the last three.City scored 17 times en route to the League Cup final, with nine different City players scoring in this years competition (plus one own goal). However, both teams have scored in each of Citys five League Cup games this season.All three of the goals Liverpool have conceded in this years competition have come before half-time.The last eight meetings in all competitions between these sides have produced 32 goals, with both teams finding the net in each match.There has been at least one goal in each half in 10 of the last 11 League Cup finals. The exception was United and Tottenhams goalless draw in 2009.Mersons prediction Manchester Citys Jesus Navas claims that he is fully focused on the Capital One Cup final despite an upcoming run of important fixtures If Liverpool can recapture the form that saw them dismantle Man City last time the two teams met, then they have a superb chance of lifting the trophy. I know City had a good result in midweek in Europe but travelling to Kiev is still an incredibly tough journey.Liverpool have to take advantage of that and start well. If they start slowly and it gets into a bit of a war of attrition then City will have too much class for them. Klopp needs to get his side to start at a high tempo and then they can win this game. Im siding with Liverpool and a 2-1 win. Daniel Sturridge is the man to grab the first goal at Wembley.PAUL PREDICTS: 2-1 to LiverpoolBetting A look back at Ian Rushs five League Cup wins Manchester City are Sky Bets 13/10 favourites to win the trophy in 90 minutes when they take on 2/1 shots Liverpool at Wembley. Liverpool are 5/4 to lift the trophy by any method. Sergio Aguero and Sturridge head the first scorer betting at 4/1 and 11/2 with both scoring in 90 minutes available at 5/1. The Sky Sports pundits are split on the destination of the trophy. Jamie Redknapp expects the final to go to extra-time, while Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas are backing Liverpool and City respectively. See all their selections and match odds here. Chad Williams Jersey . The Islanders dealt Thomas Vanek to the Montreal Canadiens after less than a year on Long Island. Meanwhile, the Oilers dealt long-time sniper Ales hemsky to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday for a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a third-rounder in 2015. Josh Mauro Jersey . Nigeria beat surprise package Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff for a comfortable 4-1 aggregate victory. Victor Moses converted a 20th-minute penalty after an Ethiopian handball, and Victor Obinna made certain of Nigerias place in Brazil with his powerful free kick in the 82nd at UJ Esuene Stadium. . -- Team after team passed on Andre Ellington in the draft. Jermaine Gresham Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Jared Veldheer Jersey . The native of Mont-Tremblant, Que., captured a World Cup downhill event Saturday, his second this year and fifth career victory on the circuit. RIO DE JANEIRO -- No one has been able to beat the U.S. womens basketball team at the Olympics for 20 years. With a wealth of talent returning and waiting in the wings, it doesnt look like the unprecedented run will be ending anytime soon.Even with four-time Olympians Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi and Tamika Catchings having likely just played their last game for the U.S., the future remains incredibly bright for the team thats won six consecutive Olympic gold medals and dominated the sport for two decades.Brittney Griner, Breanna Stewart and Elena Delle Donne won gold medals in their Olympic debuts. Throw in two-time gold medalists Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Angel McCoughtry -- who should all be back in 2020 -- and there is another strong nucleus to build on for the Tokyo Games.I feel really confident about it, Bird said of the future of the womens program. There are some question marks with the point guard spot, but I dont think it will be an issue. They have plenty of time to figure it out. The three youngsters on this team, second timers, theres such a large amount of talent in our country. We push each other every summer in the WNBA and show each other what it takes.During the run for the Americans, each team has been led by experienced players. The 2016 team had nine that won gold four years earlier in London. The four-timers said they learned from other U.S. greats like Lisa Leslie and Dawn Staley. Bird, Taurasi and Catchings served as the bridge from the 1996 team that started the 49-game winning streak and now the trio has passed that legacy down to the next group.Whats better for me is knowing that the people that started that journey, I got a chance to play with, Catchings said. So it kind of like crossed oveer.dddddddddddd. They passed the torch on to Sue, Dee and I, and now you know whatever happens next, whether Sue and Dee play in another one or not, for me its kind of like Im passing the torch over to whoever that next generation is. I know because of the overlap that weve had, that hopefully we can keep it going.U.S. coach Geno Auriemma was impressed with how the leaders set examples -- on and off the court -- for the younger players to follow.Theres a lot of entitlement in sports out there today, Auriemma said. You have three Hall of Fame players, Sue, Dee, Tamika Catchings, who dont think they are entitled to anything. They work hard every day and feel they have to earn it. ... I think the attitude and example they set is probably one that the next group is going to benefit from more than anything else.Griner said she learned a lot from the three veterans.They told me coming into this, take every moment in, said Griner, who joked that she told Taurasi she cant stop playing USA Basketball until Griner stops. It goes by quick and cherish every single moment. To share the court, share a bus, share a locker room with them has been amazing. I learned a lot on the court, off the court and just having fun with them.Griner later added that she knows its very important to keep the run going.You dont want to let down the ones that came and set the bar, she said. We have to keep this legacy alive, we dont want to let down the ones who sacrificed so much for USA Basketball.---Online:AP Summer Games website: Doug on Twitter at Jerseys NFL China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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