Home comforts key for Reina

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose ReinaLiverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina admits his side still face a big task if they are to get the better of Manchester City in the Carling Cup, but feels home advantage could be decisive for the Reds in the second-leg (Carling Cup outright – Liverpool 4/7).

Liverpool talisman Steven Gerrard grabbed a penalty in the 13th minute to secure a 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium in the first-leg on Wednesday night, and Reina is relishing the prospect of taking on the league leaders in the semi-final second-leg at Anfield on January 25.

He told the Daily Post: “We have got to finish the job now after doing the most difficult part which is winning away from home at City.”

He added: “Our fans will be massively important and they are always with us.

“I’ve no doubt they will be with us in the second leg and it will be one of those magical nights at Anfield.”

City were without influential trio Vincent Kompany (suspended), Yaya Toure (international duty) and David Silva (injured) on Wednesday, while Mario Balotelli was withdrawn in the first half due to an ankle complaint.

Toure, and his brother Kolo, will be unavailable for the second-leg as they will still be on international duty with the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations, while Kompany will also miss out as the crucial tie at Anfield will be the final match of his four game suspension (Carling Cup outright – Manchester City 5/2).

If Liverpool manage to get through to the final they will face Championship opposition in the shape of either Crystal Palace or Cardiff. Palace have a 1-0 advantage after securing victory in the first-leg at Selhurst Park, with the second-leg set to take place on January 24 in Cardiff.

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