It was another clash of the titans. In a virtual revenge of sorts, Liverpool earned a priceless 1-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday night in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg clash at the Etihad Stadium. The Reds thereby redeemed themselves from the humiliating 3-0 Premier League defeat at the hands of City in the same venue last week.

On the other hand, the defeat was as another shock for Roberto Mancini's side as it came close on the heels of their FA Cup defeat by Manchester United.

The lone goal came from Steven Gerrard's penalty shot just 13 minutes into the game. He converted from the spot where Daniel Agger was crudely brought down by Stefan Savic in the box. The Reds then managed to hold on to their lead to claim victory over an unsettled City who were reeling under multiple problems including the absence of the likes of Kolo Touré and Vincent Kompany.

Here's how the action unfolded:

Manchester City's Savic fouls Liverpool's Agger during their English League Cup semi-final first leg soccer match in Manchester.Reuters
Liverpool's Gerrard scores a penalty against Manchester City during their English League Cup semi-final first leg soccer match in Manchester.Reuters
Liverpool's Gerrard celebrates his goal against Manchester City during their English League Cup semi-final first leg soccer match in Manchester.Reuters
Manchester City's Savic challenges Liverpool's Carroll during their English League Cup semi-final first leg soccer match in Manchester.Reuters
Manchester City's manager Mancini takes his seat before their English League Cup semi-final first leg soccer match against Liverpool in Manchester.Reuters
Manchester City's Lescott challenges Liverpool's Henderson during their English League Cup semi-final first leg soccer match in Manchester.Reuters