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A first-half blitz from Manchester City gave them a decisive 3-1 lead over neighbours Manchester United in their Carabao Cup semi-final.
Manchester City survived a first-half scare before eventually registering a 4-1 victory against Port Vale in the third round of the FA Cup.
Manchester City will be boosted by the return of goalkeeper Ederson for Saturday's heavyweight showdown with Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.
Bernardo Silva has been given a one-match ban and fined £50,000 for a tweet deemed to be racially offensive about Manchester City team-mate Benjamin Mendy.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his side have achieved nothing in the Premier League yet - even with a nine-point advantage over Manchester City.
Liverpool have moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League after defeating reigning champions Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield.