Plymouth Boss Jokes Club Will Use Long Balls in Bid to Secure Shock FA Cup Win Over Liverpool

?Derek Adams has joked that Plymouth Argyle are going to sign Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini as he looks to cause an FA Cup upset against Liverpool.

League Two side Plymouth host the Reds on Wednesday evening in their third round cup replay, and Adams quipped that he would be looking to bring in the towering Manchester United midfielder to help his side combat Liverpool’s gegenpressing style of play.

United employed long ball tactics against Jurgen Klopp’s side in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford to good effect – tactics that Klopp later slammed – and Adams told ?BBC Sport that he wanted to sign Fellaini in a bid to help his side register a famous win over Liverpool.


He joked: “We’re going to sign (Manchester United’s Marouane) Fellaini and hit it long!”

When asked to give his serious assessment of what system he will decide to play, Adams stated that he would be instructing his players to stick to the same gameplan that ensured they picked up a 0-0 draw at Anfield 11 days earlier.

He continued: “We have to defend very well again. I think that we’ve shown in the first game that we can do that, and we’ll have to do exactly the same. I can’t see that we’re going to be too cavalier on our approach. We’ve got to show respect to the Premier League team. They’re third in the top flight and we’ve got to be careful of that.”

Klopp rung the changes for his side’s stalemate with Plymouth on January 7 and, asked if he expected the German to do so again for the replay, Adams added that he didn’t expect to be facing many new faces, before commenting on the state of the pitch as a whole.

He said: “The Liverpool line-up could change, although I don’t see it changing a lot from the team that played against us. I think they might put in a bit more experience in the team, but I can’t see it shifting too much.

“The only difference for them will be that the changing rooms are not as luxurious as Anfield. But the playing surface is excellent, it’s a nice stadium, so I don’t see it being a problem.”

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