Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has insisted that the FA Youth Cup result against Manchester United is less important than the players progressing.
The two rivals meet in the quarter-finals of the U18 competition this afternoon, and whilst bragging rights could be a factor, it's not the most important thing for the Liverpool boss.
"It's a fantastic day for the kids to be playing at Anfield once again, particularly against Manchester United, whose youth system has been fantastically successful for them over the years," Dalglish told the official Liverpool website.
"Their principle has been the same as ours: it doesn't matter if you don't win the FA Youth Cup, it's about getting players through."
The U18 side have been earning rave reviews this term, and smashed Southend United for nine in an earlier round of the junior competition.
Skipper Conor Coady and wing wizard Raheem Sterling are just two of the young players who have found themselves involved with the first team squad this season, and whilst winning the competition is important for King Kenny, it's not the key factor.
"It's great that we're in it and it's special for the lads because it's the Cup. It's not just the first team who have competition with Manchester United - it's all levels, but we'd sacrifice the Youth Cup to get that number and quality of players," said the boss when referring to the 'golden era' of the Red Devils.
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