Brentford B coach Kevin O’Connor has insisted that his side are relishing the prospect of hosting Liverpool Under-23s in a friendly at Griffin Park on Thursday.

The Bees have already played the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Villarreal, and Valencia this season, with Liverpool being their next high profile opponents.

The Reds beat Arsenal 3-1 before the international break at the end of August and currently find themselves in ninth spot in the Premier League 2 (Division 1) table with three points from as many games.

And O’Connor, who explained that Brentford are excited to face a club of Liverpool’s stature, thinks playing against such big teams regularly will help his charges to develop and get closer to the first team picture.

“The boys are excited because it is a big team coming down”, he told Brentford’s official site.


“Liverpool have a great history and play the right way so they are looking forward to the challenge first and foremost.

“The fact that we have been playing these teams, and playing them regularly, shows to the boys that we mean business and we are trying to educate them in the right way.

“They are enjoying the challenge and you can see them growing in confidence having played these teams because they realise that they are not too far away from them.

“The aim is to get them closer to the first team and playing against these quality players will make them better.”

Following tomorrow’s meeting with Brentford, Liverpool Under-23s will face Leicester City in a home league fixture on Sunday.

The young Reds will be hoping to build on their win over Arsenal and move up the league table.