Saturday, January 7, 2006
Kromkamp ready to touch down in Luton
Liverpool defender Jan Kromkamp admits he has plenty to learn about English football and particularly Luton as he prepares to face the Hatters in Saturday's FA Cup tie.
The Dutch World Cup prospect could make his Liverpool debut at some point during the match at Kenilworth Road after finalising his move from Villarreal to the European champions this week.But his knowledge of the English game outside the Barclays Premiership is understandably limited, and Kromkamp said: 'All I know is that they have an airport, I don't know much more about Luton.'But I know that small clubs can beat big clubs in the tournament, which does not really happen in Holland. That makes it more interesting.'Last year saw Liverpool crash out of the FA Cup to Burnley, but there is no chance of them taking Luton lightly, and the 25-year-old new recruit is raring to go.'I aim to make a big contribution to the team, it has always been my ambition to play in England,' he said.'The league here is excellent, full stadiums and the style of playing. It's a great competition to watch on TV and now I will have the chance to play in it myself.'I could start in the FA Cup, and that is also a plus. It is also a great competition in which lower division teams can beat the big clubs.'Then we have Manchester United soon in the league and I have already played against them in the Champions League.'I have already been told that the Liverpool fans will like me because I not only played a part in knocking Manchester United out of the Champions League but Everton as well.'Progress in the FA Cup, after last season's Turf Moor humiliation, will suffice for now as far as Liverpool and their supporters are concerned.Benitez has promised to field a far stronger side at Luton than he selected at Burnley a year ago.'Last season we decided to use different players in different competitions, and we will do the same this season. But there is a big difference, the squad is much stronger than last season,' said Benitez.'We know we can use different players and the team will still play well. The most important thing for me is that we can manage two or three competitions and we can continue to win games.'We have had problems in cups, but the players now are better and can cope with the different competitions.'The FA Cup is a great tournament, you can see a small club winning against a big club. For me it is something we would want to progress in the competition and hopefully win it.'I want to win every trophy and every game, the FA Cup can be very good for us.'It will be a physical game against Luton and their manager Mike Newell is a Scouser and I believe a Liverpool fan, so he will know a lot about us.'