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Sam Ricketts pre Liverpool

3 February 2020


Sam Ricketts pre Liverpool

3 February 2020

Sam Ricketts previews Town's trip to Anfield in the Emirates FA Cup.

Shrewsbury Town Football Club next take on Liverpool at Anfield in a fourth-round FA Cup replay fixture.

Town earned the chance to play against The Reds in Liverpool after holding Jurgen Klopp’s men to a 2-2 draw at the Montgomery Waters Meadow in the reverse fixture.

Town manager Sam Ricketts is looking forward to the occasion and hopes his Salop team can cause an upset against the European Champions.

“We are here because we take the early rounds of the FA Cup so seriously,” said Town’s manager. “We want to create memories and moments like this. It will be an occasion, like the first game was, that everyone involved will remember for the rest of their lives.

“This is our seventh game in the competition this year. We have earned this replay, we have come through some tough games to get to this point. We want to enjoy this moment by doing the right things.

“With this group of players, we are still very young in terms of coming together. When we are on it and when we do what we are good at – we can win any game that we go into.

“Our consistency of being able to be right at it every game isn’t quite there yet. This will be a game that the players will certainly be ready for. When you play against a side like Liverpool, it doesn’t matter who plays - they will play exactly the same way.

“They will have the same principles when in possession and when out of possession, it will just be different lads in different slots. A lot of due-diligence for this game has already been done.

“We are going away from home to Anfield, the occasion will be fantastic. It will be a big occasion for the Liverpool players if they do change the team around. They won't have played in a packed Anfield in a proper competitive game.”

Sam is expecting a tough test from the Premier League outfit, despite expecting a number of changes to the match-day squad. He said: “There will be players there who will be in and around the first-team.

“There are some good, good players there and you don’t get anywhere near that Liverpool first-team unless you are a good player. All players are young at some point; Jurgen has five or six youngsters that he really likes.

“This is an opportunity for players to play against Liverpool and an opportunity for the fans to watch Liverpool at Anfield. The attention and revenue it brings to the club is vital.

“The FA Cup for us is very, very important. The support this year has been superb and we will need them. This is a moment for the supporters to enjoy.”

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