Steven Gerrard tips Liverpool to beat Manchester City at Wembley
Steven Gerrard has tipped Liverpool to get the better of Manchester City in Sunday's Capital One Cup final at Wembley.
The former Reds midfielder captained the club to League Cup glory at Wembley in 2012, but lost in the FA Cup final of that season and also tasted defeat on his most recent trip to the national stadium -- last season's FA Cup semi-final loss against Aston Villa.
The latest Liverpool vintage won 4-1 when they met Man City earlier in the Premier League season and Gerrard believes that his old club have one specific advantage over Manuel Pellegrini's side.
"I believe they will do it," Gerrard said in his column for the Telegraph. "They have an extra element which will make a massive difference: Jurgen Klopp.
"Klopp has a presence -- an aura which I sensed when I was back at the training ground at Christmas. The way he delivers his message inspires players. There is an honesty and integrity about him and he lets his players know exactly what is expected in a clear way. People see the jokey side of him in public, but there is steel in there. I wish I was younger and sampling it on a daily basis.
"I look at my old club under Klopp and I am certain they have appointed another winner. I can be sure he won't be interested in trivial pre-match questions about going to Wembley or cup final suits and all those other traditions. His obsession will be about how to bring that trophy to Anfield.
"Those Liverpool players will be looking at Klopp and believing he is the one to lead them to numerous trophies."
Sunday will be Pellegrini's last chance to lead Man City to a Wembley victory, with Pep Guardiola replacing him at the Etihad helm in the summer.
However, Gerrard believes that beating City next season will be a much tougher task, and has urged Klopp's side to make the most of Sunday's opportunity.
"For me it is a good time to play City, although it might be the best chance for Liverpool to beat them in a final for a while because of what is to come next season," Gerrard said. "City will spend big again in the summer and the manager they have coming in will change everything there. Guardiola will revitalise them and take them to another level.
"I have a feeling Liverpool must take this opportunity. Those City players must already be sensing the shadow of Guardiola, knowing he will be watching this game from afar and making judgements on whether they'll be part of his plans. They are playing for their future."