By Alan Duffy
Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City (Aggregate 3-2) – Carling Cup Semi-final – 25th January 2012
Liverpool came from behind twice against Manchester City at Anfield to secure a place in the final of the Carling Cup, and their first appearance at Wembley in 16 years.
City opened the scoring on the half-hour mark, courtesy of a 25-yard Nigel De Jong super looper, but the Dutchman’s strike had come somewhat against the run of play.
Indeed, Stefan Savic endured a torrid first-half in the centre of City’s defence, with goalkeeper Joe Hart forced into a number of superb stops. However, with the clock ticking towards half-time, Micah Richards was rather harshly penalised for an nigh-on unavoidable handball – with Steven Gerrard converting the spot-kick.