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Monday 20 November 2017

Dickov is calling on Latics not to freeze

OLDHAM manager Paul Dickov hopes his players do not suffer stage fright when they encounter Kenny Dalglish tonight.

The League One side travel to Merseyside in the third round of the FA Cup to face Dalglish's Liverpool in pursuit of a huge upset.

The controversy of the Luis Suarez race row has enveloped Anfield in recent weeks, with Dalglish's handling of the affair coming under particular scrutiny.

Yet former Arsenal and Manchester City forward Dickov would prefer to look with relish upon the prospect of pitting his wits against a boyhood idol who once left him speechless in his formative years.

"For any youngster growing up in Scotland of my age, Kenny was a big hero," he said.

"I met him when I was a young kid at Arsenal. I was only 16 years old and shook his hand and couldn't talk to him. I was that in awe.

"I had videos and videos of him when he was at Celtic and Liverpool, and obviously with Scotland as well.

"It's going to be a proud moment for me to stand on the same touchline as him.

"His record as a player and as a manager is second to none."

That any squad rotation from Dalglish could result in starts for Steven Gerrard and Craig Bellamy only serves to underline the scale of the task in hand for an Oldham side contesting their 15th consecutive season in English football's third tier.

Twenty-three-year-old midfielder Dean Furman will captain a largely youthful line-up attempting to emulate the club's famous third-round victories against Manchester City and Everton over the past decade.

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