Liverpool fan Goodwin ready for 'amazing' clash
With some decent results against European opposition leading up to Monday night's game, Craig Goodwin believes his hometown team can give the Premier League giants a run for their money.
“It would be fantastic if we could get the win, and we have to go out and play like we are going to win, you have to go into every game believing that,” the boyhood Liverpool fan told FourFourTwo.
“We know Liverpool is a fantastic side. They have a lot of quality, but for us it’s just [about] believing in our own ability, and just focusing on our style of play and being comfortable in possession and confident.
"If we can do that and go out and play to the best of our abilities then I think we can definitely cause Liverpool some problems.”
It’s a headline waiting to be written – Liverpool fan scores against boyhood club.
But that’s the fate that may await Goodwin as he prepares to take on the Merseyside club.
“Liverpool is my favourite team in England since I was about five, it’s been the team that I followed," he said.
"Me and my cousin have been Liverpool-mad for quite a long time, so it would be great to play against the club I have supported since I was a boy so that’s going to be fantastic.
“I’ve been able to see Liverpool play Blackburn at Anfield which was amazing, I’ve seen a few other games but having the chance to play against them in front of about 55,000 fans will be amazing.”
After playing for the Reds in every game last season and contributing six goals and five assists mostly from left-back, Goodwin has continued on that form in the off-season as well.
He has impressed against some quality European opposition, getting on the scoresheet against Villarreal and getting close to scoring against Manchester City as well.
“This off-season has been fantastic, playing against Villarreal was very good, they finished sixth in the La Liga last season and we lost to them narrowly 3-2," Goodwin said.
"And that was a great game for myself, I was able to score and get an assist, so that was a fantastic experience."
Goodwin added: “Manchester City was also an excellent experience, playing against Yaya Toure, Jesus Navas and Samir Nasri.
"Coming up against first-class players was a great experience and just seeing how the gap between Premier League and A-League isn’t as great as what everyone thinks it is.
"You can see that the progression of Australian football is coming along quite nicely and it’s just good to be able to have the opportunity to play against these teams."
Goodwin believes the A-League is making some inroads on the top echelons of football because of quality that’s on the field and on the sidelines.
“We are getting a lot of good coaches out here now and I think the philosophy is changing a little bit, and that shows with the way teams from overseas want to play here in Australia,” he said.
“You can see that we are producing some good players and attracting some good foreign players too. The quality of football is getting better in the A-League and it’s just showing that with the results that we are having against the big clubs, you can see that the gap is closing and that we are improving every year.”