Carlisle ready to shock Reds

Carlisle United Captain Danny Grainger

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Captain Danny Grainger insists Carlisle will not arrive at Anfield just to make up the numbers when they face Liverpool in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night.

The Cumbrians beat Chesterfield in round one of the competition before shocking Championship side Queens Park Rangers 2-1 last time out to earn a trip to Merseyside.

And their League Two form has also been solid of late, with three straight wins bookended by draws to leave them unbeaten in five league encounters.

The north-west outfit sit 10th in the standings but are about to take on one of the heavyweights of European football and are priced at 17.00 to down Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Liverpool are, unsurprisingly, 1.17 to take care of business with an array of stars available for the boss to pick even if he selects a number of fringe players for the clash.

But Grainger, who had played all his professional football north of the border before joining Carlisle last year, has made it clear that he and his team-mates will not take a backward step when battle lines are drawn.

“We know it’s going to be tough and we’ll have to ride our luck at times, but there have been cup upsets before and we’re not just going down there to fill the team-sheet up,” said the Penrith-born defender.

“We’re going to try and pull off something that will go down in Carlisle’s history.”

Manager Keith Curle, who is likely to include veteran Derek Asamoah up front, has urged his charges to go out and enjoy themselves with “no pressure” on their shoulders.

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