Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on City’s trip back from Kiev: “I think they flew – they didn’t walk. It is not too difficult and I don’t think it is an issue.
“They will be fit. We will be fit. It is a final and no-one cares where you played your last game.
“I should not talk here about tactics – I think even in Manchester they have televisions so that is not for the press conference. You can be sure we will have a plan but it is not allowed to go with exactly the same plan in a completely different game.
“If I think about it I have a few nice pictures in my mind of after the game at Wembley, being together with our fans and a real reason to celebrate together with no doubts about why we do that.”
City lost 4-1 at home to Liverpool in November, but Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini said: “Liverpool made a very good game here at the Etihad.
“We make a lot of mistakes in the first 15 minutes so they decide the game early, but all the games are different.
“After we finish on Sunday we have to return to the Premier League, we have another 36 points to fight for. We are six points behind the leaders but we will continue fighting until the end and we are not giving up. It gives you a lot of trust if you win this title.”
This will be Liverpool’s 12th League Cup final, a record for the competition. Of the previous 11, they’ve lifted the trophy eight times – between 1981 and 2012 – most recently against Cardiff on penalties.
Manchester City have been in four previous League Cup finals, winning in 1970, 1976 and most recently in 2014 against Sunderland. They were runners-up in 1974, losing to Wolves.
This will be the first Liverpool v Manchester City final in any competition.
In cup competition, Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight games against City (W6 D2) – last losing in an FA Cup fourth-round replay in 1973.
Jurgen Klopp has now reached a cup final in each of his last five seasons as a manager, but has lost the last three. He won the DFB Cup with Dortmund in 2012, lost the Champions League final at Wembley in 2013 and lost successive German cup finals in 2014 and 2015.
The last eight meetings in all competitions between these sides have produced 32 goals, with both teams finding the net in each match.