Aaron Cresswell dreaming of an FA Cup tie against Liverpool

Aaron Cresswell at the end of the New Year's Day draw with Charlton

Aaron Cresswell at the end of the New Year's Day draw with Charlton - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town left-back Aaron Cresswell is already dreaming of an FA Cup trip to Liverpool – the club he grew up passionately supporting.

The Blues host fourth-placed League One side Preston North End in the third round tomorrow, while Liverpool host League One side Oldham Athletic.

Asked what the FA Cup meant to him, Liverpool-born Cresswell – who was signed from Merseyside club Tranmere Rovers - said: “Everything. When you’re a young boy playing in the streets everything was the FA Cup Final and wanting to score the winner in the FA Cup Final. It’s a massive cup, one of the biggest in the world.

“The first FA Cup Final I remember was the one which Michael Owen scored twice against Arsenal (2001). That was one of the best days as a kid to see Liverpool win the cup.

“Bradford got to the League Cup Final recently, so there is no reason Ipswich can’t have a run in the cup. It would be nice to get in the next round and get a big team, hopefully Liverpool at Anfield.”

He continued: “I went home the other week and my mum got all the old pictures out. My bedroom was like; Liverpool bed, Liverpool wallpaper, Liverpool lampshade!

“It’s a family thing. My dad used to take me and my younger brother to the games.

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“I always had my little Michael Owen or Robbie Fowler shirt on at that time, pretending I was one of them. Like every kid I started off wanting to be a centre-forward. The goal was my garden fence.

“It would be a happy man if I got to play at Anfield.”

- See tomorrow’s EADT for full match preview.

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