Udinese defender Andrea Coda has admitted it will be a dream to play against Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The 27-year-old centre back has been quick to heap praise on the ‘historic’ Reds ahead of the trip to Merseyside, with the former Empoli starlet admitting such a match makes up for failing to qualify for the Champions League.
“Liverpool are a historic team. It is a fantastic stadium that when you're a child, you dream of playing in,” he told Tuttoudinese.it.
“The game mitigates somewhat the failure to qualify for the Champions League. We are ready for the challenge. We have a tough group, but is an important competition that must be honoured.”
Udinese have made a poor start to their Serie ‘A’ campaign this term, drawing the opening match of the Group A campaign against Russian giants Anji Makhachkala.
Both sides trail behind Brendan Rodgers’ Reds going into match-day two, but Coda is confident the Zebrette can turn things around.
“We did not start well, but we have not lost in five matches – even if that run lacks some victories,” he added.
Liverpool opened the account with a 5-3 win against Young Boys of Bern in Switzerland, and know victory on Merseyside will open up a nice cushion at the top of the table in the Reds’ quest to reach the knockout stages of the competition.
That said, manager Rodgers is again likely to play a side full of inexperienced youngsters, as Liverpool look to continue building for the future.