Middlesbrough boss: We must not enjoy Liverpool game

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Aitor Karanka has spoken about how Middlesbrough will give 100% at Anfield.

Liverpool host Boro in the League Cup, looking to secure their place in the fourth round by defeating their Championship opposition.

However, Boro come off the back of a run of three consecutive victories - including a 4-0 demolition of Brentford on Saturday, whilst the Reds have yet to hit full form in the Premier League.

Despite Liverpool’s less-than-impressive start to the season, they have the talent to destroy Boro even if their performance is below par, and Boro head coach Aitor Karanka has urged his team to remain calm against the Premier League giants - even if Anfield is a great place to play.

Speaking to the official Boro website, the former Real Madrid man said: “I think everyone is excited to go to Anfield, but we have to keep calm because I know how difficult it’s going to be,” said Aitor.

“We’re going to play against one of the better teams in the Premier League as a Championship team, so we have to go there and give 100%.

“It’s a great place to go and play football – one of the best, but we have to think that we are going there to play football and we are going to play against a very good team.

“If we go there to enjoy it we will have problems, so we have to be ready for a very hard game.”

With Karanka’s men enjoying a purple patch of form, it would seem like the best time to face Liverpool, who have yet to hit their stride and are still suffering from a number of defensive lapses. However, Karanka still intends to put out his strongest squad, with there never being a good time to face a team of the quality of Liverpool.

He continued: “All of the players who are going to play on Tuesday will be from my first squad.

“After beating Brentford, I know we can change the squad and win so I’m very happy knowing we can play well.

“You never know when the best time to play a team is. I know the Spanish league very well – look at where Real Madrid were last week and where they are now scoring eight goals in a game.

“It’s the same with a team like Liverpool – there is never a good time to play them.”

Boro travel to Anfield on Tuesday night, looking to extend their run of consecutive victories to four games.

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