The teams have been announced and City go in without the injured David Silva as well as Vincent Kompany, Yaya and Kolo Toure. Returning to the side though are Joe Hart, Gareth Barry and Mario Balotelli.
For Liverpool, Steven Gerrard, Craig Bellamy and Andy Carroll all start:
#MCFC team to play @LFC: Hart, Richards, Savic, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, de Jong, A. Johnson, Milner, Balotelli, Aguero #CarlingCup— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) January 11, 2012
#LFC line-up: Reina; Kelly, Agger, Skrtel, G Johnson; Gerrard, Spearing, Henderson, Downing; Carroll, Bellamy. #MCFC— Richard Buxton (@Richard_Buxton_) January 11, 2012