Liverpool’s managing director has expressed his relish at the prospect of a fourth round FA Cup tie with Manchester United.
Ian Ayre claimed the meeting of Kenny Dalgish’s side with the Old Trafford side is the ‘best fixture in the world’.
Dalglish will be hoping he can do what Manchester City couldn’t in the last round and overcome Sir Alex Ferguson’s side at Anfield.
“I think there were definitely a few raised eyebrows from everyone after that draw,” Ayre said.
“Look, Liverpool v Man United is probably the best fixture in the world and the FA Cup is one of the best competitions in the world, so it’s a great match up.”
The rivals’ clash is the stand-out tie of the draw for the fourth round, which took place on Sunday.
Recent enmity between the two clubs over the Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra episode has given the fixture added significance.
Ayre was conscious of this but insisted Liverpool would let others talk about this issue and just concentrate on promoting what should be an entertaining game.
“With all that’s gone on, people will talk about it and talk about it but I think the most important thing for us is to make sure that we make it a great day and a great game,” he added.
The director also urged Manchester United to work together with the Anfield club in trying to keep attention focused purely on the football.
“We need to all work together to make sure that everybody concentrates on the excitement of the football and the FA Cup and not on anything else,” urged Ayre.
“We are certainly committed to that.”
The match is currently scheduled to take place on January 28 at 3pm, but this is likely to change due to television interest.