Liverpool facing desirous Stoke City in the Carling Cup at the Britannia Stadium
Liverpool may get things very hard at the Britannia Stadium tonight. The Merseyside Reds lost at that venue earlier this season.
“Our home record is a proud one and due in no small measure to the tremendous backing we've had from our supporters,” Tony Pulis boldly reminded in a pre-match interview with the English press.
“We will have our work cut out but I am sure that our fans will raise their game like the players will have to raise theirs if we are to get the right result,” the manager added.
“There will be a tremendous atmosphere for another cup game here but I hope a few more will decide come along to lend their support because we'll need it.
Concluding his plea for the home crowd to be Stoke City’s 12th man on Wednesday night, Tony Pulis declared that “the very mention of Liverpool being in town should encourage them to come along.”
It should be an exciting encounter as visitors Liverpool have vowed to clinch glory in the League Cup this season. Talking to reporters, Kenny Dalglish stated:
“We take it seriously and we'll be going to try and get a result. It's a trophy and we'd love to win a trophy at some stage.
“We've made several changes for both games and the way the players went about their work was a great reflection on the pride they have in themselves and also the football club.
“It will be the same for us at Stoke. They are a Premier League club and we'll put a very strong team out again. We expect the same level of commitment and effort from the players.
“We cannot guarantee anything other than we're going to work hard to try and get a result. We won't try and kid anybody that we're underestimating the tournament.”
Yesterday, Arsenal and Manchester United won their respective fixtures.