Testing times: Hart believes Kompany's body is feeling the strain of his playing style

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Joe Hart has been named on the substitute’s bench by Manchester City for the League Cup final.

The City No1 has been left out in favour of Willy Caballero, who has got the nod after being selected by Manuel Pellegrini in the competition this season.

The City manager had promised he would stick with Caballero in the build-up to the clash and has been true to his word.

It is a boost for Liverpool, who have named an unchanged team, which means Lucas Leiva will continue in the centre of defence alongside Mamadou Sakho.