Speaking ahead of Wanderers’ visit to Anfield this weekend, midfielder Neil Danns admitted his delight at the prospect of being involved in what is a 'dream tie' for himself.
Born and bred in Merseyside, Danns, who will come up against his childhood club should he feature in Saturday’s fourth round FA Cup tie, is already relishing what promises to be an entertaining affair with the Reds.
With the Whites also set to be backed by a sell-out 5,500 strong away following when they take to the field in front of the BT Sport television cameras, the 32-year-old confessed that Saturday will be a undoubtedly be a memorable day for not only himself given his affiliations, but the club as a whole.
“It will be a very special moment for myself for sure,” he said. “I’ve never actually played on the pitch at Anfield, so it’s definitely going to be a dream to go there.
“My son actually plays for the club in their academy and I watched the fourth round draw with him - he was desperate for us to draw Liverpool as he wanted his dad to play against them and I think he was actually more excited than me to begin with.
“They are the team I grew up supporting when I was a child, but when it comes down to it there’s only going to be one thing on my mind and that will be getting a result for Bolton Wanderers.”
He continued: “I’ll just be going into the match as though it’s any other Saturday – if I’m chosen to play, I will be going out onto that pitch, giving my all and hopefully we can get the win that will see us into the next round of the cup.
“Some people may see it as a great experience for us as a club, going to a Premier League ground to play a talented side, but we’re definitely not going to Anfield with that mentality – we’re going there to win and we want to progress.
“I’ve got a lot of family and friends who will be in the stands on Saturday and it’ll be not only a great day for myself and one to remember, but a proud day for them to see me out on the pitch.
“It’ll certainly be interesting to see who they’re supporting on the day as it’s definitely a case of split loyalties, but in my mind there’s nothing I’d like more than to see us run out winners there.”