As Liverpool prepared to get this years FA Cup 3rd Round underway, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish insists that though others have undervalued domestic cup competitions the reds have it high in the list of priorities.
Dalglish won the trophy twice during his managerial career at Liverpool and is aiming to make it a hat-trick.
Speaking ahead of the game Dalglish said:
“The FA Cup has been undermined in many ways and in many quarters, for varying reasons. But we certainly won’t ever undermine it.
“It’s a competition that’s there to be won so we’ll go into the Oldham game with the same attitude and desire as we went into the Carling Cup. The Carling Cup is something people have done the same with – undermined and undervalued. But we went about our job as well as we possibly could and we’ve got our reward for that.
“We’ve always said how strong the squad is and maybe it’s an opportunity for us to give the people in that squad the gratitude they deserve by giving them an opportunity to start the game but that’s not to say we’re undermining or being disrespectful in any way. We’ll treat Oldham with complete respect.
Tonight’s game is also the closest game to Kenny Dalglish’s one year anniversary as Liverpool boss, which will be Sunday. Kenny’s first game in charge was the FA Cup 3rd Round last year when 10 man Liverpool lost 1-0 in controversial fashion at Old Trafford.