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Steve Cotterill previews Salop's Emirates FA Cup tie away at Liverpool

7 January 2022


Steve Cotterill previews Salop's Emirates FA Cup tie away at Liverpool

7 January 2022

Shrewsbury Town manager Steve Cotterill previews Sunday's Emirates FA Cup third round tie away at Liverpool.

Salop head into the fixture off the back of a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday afternoon. Matthew Pennington's goal was the difference as Town recorded their third win in four games and rose to 14th place in Sky Bet League One.

The side has now had a full week to prepare and recover for the massive fixture at Anfield and excitement is rising.

Steve Cotterill said his side are looking forward to the fixture but assured fans that - no matter what team the hosts put out - Liverpool are going to get the full respect from everyone in the squad.

On Liverpool:

"[I'm] looking forward to it. We've wanted to get a big draw ever since the draw was made for the first round and that's what you sell to the players. We've had a couple of awkward games like Stratford away on the television, a long trip up to Carlisle which was another awkward game for us on a really heavy pitch. We've got probably one of the best football clubs in the world and one of the best stadiums to go to and play your football in front of the best sets of fans. It will be an incredible atmosphere - certainly for those who haven't been to Anfield - it's a great place to go and when they start singing You'll Never Walk Alone, if that doesn't make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up then they never will.

"We can all think about what team we're going to play against and none of us will get it right, the only person who will know is Jürgen Klopp and his staff. He's entitled to play whichever team he sees fit and they will get absolutely the full respect, whether it ends up being the first-team player or one of their younger lads who they bring into the game. If you're signed for Liverpool, you're going to be a good player so whatever team they play, they will get 100% respect from us."

On Salop's recent form and performances:

"I've been happy with the performances for quite a while now. What you need to do when you get those performances is marry them with results because otherwise you can talk and talk and talk about your performances until you're blue in the face, but if you're not winning it always puts a damper on it. I think the form has been really good in terms of the performances. The form in terms of the win/loss/draw column has got better in the last two weeks, we've played better than the results have shown in the past few weeks but I'm really happy for everyone at the football club that the performances have been turned into wins now."

On Dan Udoh:

"We'll leave Dan as long as we possibly can. What he'll need to do is get a couple of days of training in him for us to think about including him, we need to know if he's alright and if the injury ended up being muscle or neural so we're in the process of working through that at this moment in time. Other than that, we're good to go now."


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