thumbnail Hello,

Brendan Rodgers' English Premier League runners-up take on the Hoops in a glamour friendly in Dublin and Croly believes a positive performance can boost Ireland's domestic league

Trevor Croly believes that a positive display against Liverpool at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday can be a major morale boost for Shamrock Rovers and the SSE Airtricity League overall.

The Hoops take on the English Premier League runners-up in a glamour friendly in Dublin and Croly explained that, while the result was not particularly important, a positive one would be "good for morale".

"We have previously faced big oppositions that are of Liverpool's calibre, which is good. The lads inside are itching to play," Croly told reporters ahead of the encounter.

"But, in one sense the result is not all that important. Mind you, it is good for morale and the league overall if we get a good result but it doesn't matter that much."

Croly also acknowledged that the experience of playing in front of a large crowd at Ireland's national stadium against Brendan Rodgers' side will be "fantastic" for his players.

"They are playing here in the Aviva which is fantastic, it is a massive positive. They get to test themselves against a tough opposition and in front of a large crowd, too," he said.

"It is fantastic for the guys here as they get to see the sacrifices they must make in order to get a career in football."

The Shamrock Rovers boss noted that his side are looking forward to the challenge that the Premier League side will bring with them. "Watching Liverpool is a pleasure," Croly continued, "Brendan [Rodgers] has done a fantastic job.

"I don’t think they know any other way of playing other than attractive, attacking football. I mean, we all enjoy watching them play games. It is fantastic that they have two strikers scoring a host of goals as it has been a while since they last had that joy with both strikers."

Friendly games often give managers time to experiment with different personnel and different tactics, but, Croly insists Rovers will line out the exact same way as they have done in the league campaign, thus far.

"It would give you that option, I agree, but, we only have a small space of time between games so we won't try many different things," he said. "There should be no change in formation, as we plan on sticking to the template we have used previously."

Shamrock Rovers face Liverpool on Wednesday May 14 at the Aviva Stadium with a kick off time of 17:30 BST.