Johnson - it's tricky for Reds

City winger wonders if Liverpool will stick or twist

Adam Johnson: Wants to add to his FA Cup winners' medal

Manchester City head to Liverpool insisting it is not mission impossible to claim a place in the Carling Cup final.

City trail 1-0 from the semi-final first leg and are likely to be without Mario Balotelli through suspension, in addition to Vincent Kompany, Yaya and Kolo Toure.

Yet Blues winger Adam Johnson believes the Reds' 1-0 advantage will create an uncertainty City have the players to exploit.

"We will create chances at some point. We beat them 3-0 at home, so we can score against them"

Adam Johnson

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He said: "It's a tricky one for them. Do they try to attack us or try to defend against our quality players for 90 minutes?

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"The thing is no matter who we play, we will create chances at some point. We beat them 3-0 at home, so we can score against them.

"No-one is expecting us to go through so the pressure is off for once and we can go there with freedom, play our football and have a go. It won't be easy but we are quietly confident."

The added advantage for City is that they have fresh memories of winning trophies and Johnson says the euphoria of that FA Cup final victory at Wembley last May has created an insatiable appetite for silverware.

"When you have won something you shouldn't just be content with that. It should drive you on even more," said Johnson.

"That's why you see the top players walk away with so many medals at the end of their careers.

"I don't want to be happy just because I have an FA Cup medal. Even if we win the Premier League, I will strive for more.

"With the players we have, we want to do it again and again. That is the mentality we are developing."