German coach Jurgen Klopp will be keen on clinching his first silverware with Liverpool even before the end of the season, but he knows the challenge from Manchester City will not be easy.
The Reds are gunning for their ninth League Cup title while the Citizens will be looking for their second League Cup title in three years. Manuel Pellegrini, who will part ways with Manchester City at the end of the season, will be very much up for guiding the English side to at least one trophy so that he can say goodbye to the club on a high note.
Liverpool may not have a chance to win the EPL this season, but Man City do. Pellegrini's side are currently fourth in the table with 47 points just prior to the start of Gameweek 27, and they know they have to fight hard to get past Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Leicester City to win the Premier League crown.
City are also in touching distance of progressing further in the UEFA Champions League this year as well.
Klopp's side meanwhile would want to finish at least in the top five or six in the Premier League this season and also get past arch-rivals Manchester United in the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League to progress in the competition. But for now, the former Borussia Dortmund boss has his focus firmly on the League Cup final.
"The qualification for the final was a great journey, and to lose the final is not the best thing, of course," Klopp told Sky Sports. Liverpool won dramatically in the semi finals of the League Cup over two legs against Stoke City to reach this stage. The Reds showed all the nerve as they got past their opponents 6-5 in penalties at Anfield in January.
Manchester City had an easy progress, however. They got past Everton with a 4-3 aggregate score in the semi finals to reach the League Cup final. "To win a title in February gives you a lot of trust to continue fighting for other competitions," Pellegrini was quoted as saying by the BBC.
Liverpool: Adam Lallana (calf), Joe Allen and defender Martin Skrtel (both hamstring) have injury problems but they cannot be totally ruled out of Sunday's game. Dejan Lovren could also be set for a return.
Manchester City: Wilfried Bony, Jesus Navas, Eliaquim Mangala, Vincent Kompany, Raheem Sterling and Bacary Sagna could be set to appear in the game after reovering in time from their injuries. However, Fabian Delph, Kevin de Bruyne and Samir Nasri will not be a part of the game for City.
League Cup 2015-16 final schedule
Date: Feb. 28, 2016.
Time: 4:30 p.m. GMT (10 p.m. IST, 11:30 a.m. EST).
Venue: Wembley, England.
TV listings: Ten Action (India), Sky Sports 1/HD (UK), beIN Sports (USA).