‘Gerrard can inspire Liverpool to Cup glory in Suárez’s absence’

Jay Spearing believes Steven Gerrard's return will help Liverpool overcome Manchester City in the Carling Cup next week

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Steven Gerrard was a second-half substitute against Manchester City PA Photos

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Jay Spearing believes the return of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will give the Reds the necessary confidence to beat Manchester City in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg next week.

Spearing was part of Kenny Dalglish’s side that were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by City at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday – and with Luis Suárez banned for the next seven games, Liverpool’s chances of beating the Premier League leaders and reaching the final look slim.

However, the 23-year-old midfielder is confident that Gerrard’s return to full fitness will help inspire the Reds to victory.

“We have Steven Gerrard back now and he is a massive influence on the team and we will go into the two games with confidence,” Spearing told Liverpool’s website.

“Before we can think about that though we have to get ready for our next game which is the FA Cup against Oldham.

“It’s another important game for us and we want to get back to winning ways in front of our own fans.”

City took an early lead at Eastlands when an uncharacteristic Pepe Reina error allowed Sergio Aguero’s speculative effort into the net. Yaya Touré then nodded home from a corner to double City’s advantage before the break.

Roberto Mancini’s side made the points secure in the second half when James Milner smashed home his penalty after Touré was brought down by Martin Skrtel.

And Spearing admits Liverpool could only blames themselves after their mistakes helped City to victory.

“The goals we conceded were our own fault and we could have done better to prevent them,” Spearing added.

“I thought as a team we did quite well overall. We used the ball well at times and just some lapses in concentration cost us the game.

“Sometimes it is the small details which can cost you in these games. When it was still 0-0 Jordan Henderson put a great ball through to Stewart Downing, and he was unlucky not to score when Joe Hart made a great save. If that had gone in it could have been a different story.

“We know what we have to do better when we come back here next week in the Carling Cup and we will be better.

“We will get at them right from the off and I still feel we can cause them a lot of problems. They are going to be two massive games and I don’t see any reason why we can’t make the final.”

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