Shaun Whalley: I’d rather Shrewsbury Cup-tie was at Anfield
Shaun Whalley is relishing the prospect of finally facing boyhood club Liverpool this weekend – but admits he would have preferred a trip to Anfield.
Town’s Scouse winger, from a family of Reds, is hoping to line up against the side he grew up supporting in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.
Whalley was a 17-year-old in the Istanbul crowd in 2005 when Liverpool won the Champions League. At 32, he admits he felt the chance to face Liverpool had gone.
He said: “It’s massive. It’s brilliant as a Liverpool supporter. Probably at 32 you start to think you’re never going to play against them.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I’m going to have a good week’s preparation and am looking forward to it.
“Yes, I’ve definitely always wanted to play them. I’d rather play at Anfield, but it’ll be great for the Shrewsbury fans who can come and watch so I’m happy either way.
“Obviously we’ll be trying to win but if we get a draw I’m sure it’ll be a great day.”
Whalley continued: “It’ll just be like a normal game for me, as soon as the whistle goes it’s a normal game.
“It’ll be a great occasion for our fans, the players, the staff and hopefully we can get a good result for them.”