Carragher backing Liverpool to do Manchester Cup double

Jamie Carragher feels Liverpool can make progress in both Cup competitions this month.

With Manchester City to visit Anfield for the second leg of the Carling Cup semi-final trailing 1-0 and Manchester United arriving for an FA Cup fourth round tie in the next fortnight Liverpool's home form will come under more scrutiny.

But Carragher believes they can rise to the occasion against the league's top two sides.

"A draw at home against City would be okay - we wouldn't have a problem with that and we would take that now," he said.

"You wouldn't want a draw against United, as you wouldn't want to be going to Old Trafford for a replay.

"I don't think anyone is looking at those games from that point of view.

"Maybe when you play sides who will come on the front foot, it makes things a bit easier.

"Teams have come here this season and made it difficult but you would expect that City and United will come and try to win the game - that may make it easier for us."

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