'I could not pick a better game' - Kilduff relishing chance of facing Liverpool

The Shamrock Rovers striker has supported the Reds from a young age and is looking forward to the opportunity of playing against them at the Aviva Stadium

Shamrock Rovers striker Ciaran Kilduff is relishing the opportunity of facing the club he has supported from childhood, when the Hoops take on Liverpool at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, May 14.

Kilduff is looking forward to facing Brendan Rodgers' side at the Dublin venue, and says that his fellow teammates are eager to test themselves against the English Premier League runners-up.

"Being a Liverpool fan, I could not pick a better game," Kilduff said ahead of the friendly encounter.

"It is a great opportunity. The dressing room here is buzzing for the match, it is hard to get to play the Aviva Stadium unless you are in a cup final."

The former UCD forward believes that the friendly tie may result in some of his teammates impressing in front of a wider audience, comparing the clash with Shamrock Rovers' 2011-12 European campaign.

"I think it gives a perfect platform for players to put themselves in the shop window," said the 25-year-old.

"I was lucky to be here for the Europa League group stage games and to have a foreign team coming over is always a great occasion."

The Hoops trained at the Aviva Stadium ahead of the game, and Kilduff admitted that he has enjoyed the change of scenery. "We would normally train at the AUL on days like today, but you would take training at the Aviva over that any day of the week. We would train here every week if we could," he said.

There is a battle for places in the starting XI for the Liverpool tie, but Kilduff believes the players remain fully focused on their SSE Airtricity Premier Division campaign after beating Derry City 1-0 in their last game.

"The gaffer will have his hands full on who he is going to play as everyone wants to play a part," Kilduff added. "As I said, it is a great opportunity to play against a tougher opposition than normal.

"It was good to get the win up in Derry last Friday, there is no bad feelings in the dressing room coming into this game. But it is a great opportunity and one we are looking forward to."

Despite the distraction of the friendly, Kilduff knows a win against Athlone Town on Saturday is the club's main priority.

"We have to be careful," urged the Rovers striker. "We won’t worry too much about Liverpool as it is only a friendly. Getting the win last week against Derry City and getting a win on Saturday against Athlone were the main priorities."

Shamrock Rovers face Liverpool at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, May 14 at 17:30 BST.