Nathaniel Clyne wants Liverpool to press Man City's "quality players"
Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne wants his teammates to put pressure on Manchester City's "quality players" when the two sides meet in the Capital One Cup at Wembley Stadium on Sunday night.
The former Southampton player was part of the Liverpool team that shocked Manuel Pellegrini's team with a 4-1 Premier League win at the Etihad Stadium back in November last year.
Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Martin Skrtel put the icing on the cake, but it was the way Liverpool defended that gave them the platform to move forward.
"Teams are working out City definitely but I was surprised at how easily we took them apart," Clyne said, according to the Express
"We didn't allow them to play their normal free-flowing game of pass and move, they made mistakes as a result, and we capitalised on those mistakes and turned them into goals."
The England defender is wary of City's star names like Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Yaya Toure, but provided the solution to how Liverpool must play at Wembley in order to stop their opponents.
"That match was a really big game for us," he added. "The team were given their roles and we all did them well, pressing them high up the pitch, which they didn't like. They don't like players rattling around them.
"Quality players want time on the ball to hurt you and we didn't given them that. Hopefully we can do the same thing to them in the final."
Having been signed by Brendan Rodgers, Clyne had to deal with the managerial change after the former Swansea boss was sacked by the club and Jurgen Klopp took over as manager.
Clyne, however, said the change didn't have that big an effect, and it was the players who had to step up and prove they are worth their place in the team.
"Changes of manager are part and parcel of football and you just have to adapt, putting in good performances in training so that you get picked in the matches,
"It was not that big a change and I just carried on. The boss gives me the license to go forward which I like to do, helping out in attack."
Having scored his first goal for Liverpool in their 6-0 rout of Aston Villa on Feb. 14, Clyne will be ready for a chance to make history when he steps out on the Wembley pitch against City on Sunday
"Everyone wants to look back on their career and point out all the trophies and medals you have won, so hopefully the Capital One Cup can be the first of many for me up here."