Shamrock Rovers will take Liverpool friendly seriously, insists Kenna

The Hoops defender may miss the glamour friendly through injury but insists that the players are keen to give supporters a good show
Shamrock Rovers defender Conor Kenna says that the Hoops will try to give a good account of themselves in front of supporters at the Aviva Stadium when they take on Premier League side Liverpool on May 14.

"We will take the game seriously as fans would have paid a lot of money to see the game. We are going to go out and give it a good show," stressed Kenna.

"Liverpool had good quality of players who aren't even going to the World Cup. Their squad is decent enough, to be fair, you have to have a strong side to finish second in the Premier League.

"To get away from the league for a game is brilliant. We are all looking forward to facing Liverpool."

However, despite his enthusiasm, the Rovers defender has revealed that he may miss out on facing Brendan Rodgers's side in Wednesday’s glamour friendly as a result of a hamstring tear, which has kept him out of training.

"I was all set to play when I arrived at the Aviva to train today," said Kenna. "But, the club doctor texted ahead and said how he wanted to see me first before I trained. So, I will visit the doctor before the game and get a full assessment."

On the domestic front, Shamrock Rovers have had an impressive start to the league campaign thus far, collecting 24 points from their opening 12 games.

Kenna, who captained St Patrick's Athletic to league glory in 2013, is delighted by the manner in which Rovers are going about their business this season.

"We are staying under the radar, which is good," said the 29-year-old. "Cork City may overtake us as they have a game in hand on us and St Pat's are also doing well.

"Pat's also deserve the praise they have been getting this season. They are top of the league now and won the competition last season. Let them have all the praise they can get."

The glamour friendly between Shamrock Rovers and Liverpool kicks off at 17:30 BST at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, May 14.