Manchester City 0-1 Liverpool – Highlights

Steven Gerrard scored an early penalty before Liverpool shut up shop to complete a disciplined 1-0 win at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final.

City endured a forgettable evening with Vincent Kompany suspended, David Silva missing due to an ankle injury and Mario Balotelli surviving only 40 minutes before he departed – apparently with his own ankle problem – as the home side struggled to find any real momentum.

Liverpool struck after a sustained period of pressure in the opening 12 minutes when visiting captain Gerrard slammed a penalty beyond Joe Hart low to the England goalkeeper’s right after a nervy Stefan Savic had needlessly brought down Daniel Agger in the box.

The return leg of the semi-final will be contested at Anfield on January 25 with Liverpool chasing a first final appearance at Wembley since they lost to Manchester United at the old national stadium in 1996.

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