PLAYING Liverpool and Derby back-to-back will be the biggest week in Burton Albion’s history, says Nigel Clough.
The Brewers manager was delighted with the EFL Cup draw at home to Liverpool which will be played in the same week that Albion take on Derby County in the Championship.
He said: “It keeps the start of the season buzz around the place going. We have been to the former European Cup winners, we have Blackburn (former Premier League winners) and Derby all coming up and now this in the space of three weeks. The chairman keeps saying we are pinching ourselves – we really are. To be at this sort of level and then having Liverpool in the cup just takes it on again.
With Liverpool and Derby visiting in the space of a few days it has to go down as the biggest week in the club’s history.
“The whole squad will be looking forward to it as, with two games back-to-back, they all have a chance of playing in one of the games.
“Any of the big boys you get, the chance to measure up to them is something the players will relish. And that’s what you get every week at the moment in the Championship but this just magnifies it.”
Clough would have liked to have gone back to Anfield, with Liverpool being one of his former clubs.
He said: “As good as it is, that they are coming here it would have been lovely in some ways to have gone back to Anfield. We are delighted we are at home but for the players and supporters to experience going to Anfield and the atmosphere and how special it is when a game kicks off there would have been great. There are very few grounds like it. Although they have done work to it, it has retained the atmosphere that has made it special over the years.”