Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has stressed any mention of Wembley has been banned in the dressing room. The Reds host Manchester City tonight in a crucial Carling Cup semi-final second leg tie.
They may hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg but after manager Kenny Dalglish blamed the cup games against City and the one to come against Manchester United in the FA Cup on Saturday for their abysmal performance at the weekend, Gerrard insists the players will have their focus right.
"(Wembley talk) has got to be banned because we haven't made it there yet," said the England international. "Of course it enters your mind and you dream about it; that helps when it comes to motivation. But I don't think any of our players will be getting carried away or thinking we've already done the job. We know this is a big game and a tough game."
Ban for Balotelli Manchester City look set to accept Mario Balotelli's four-match ban after the volatile striker was charged for stamping on Scott Parker during Sunday's defeat of Tottenham.