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AFC Bournemouth boss Howe: 'Players know importance of game'
5:22pm Thursday 23rd January 2014 in Sport
Verwood-raised Howe, a product of the Dean Court youth ranks, has never hidden his passion for the club he watched from the terraces as a schoolboy.
He said: “We speak to the players and do presentations about the history of the club, including where it has come from, big days in the recent past and even going further back.
“I think it is important when you put on the Bournemouth shirt that you know what it represents and you know where the club has been.
“The players know the importance of this game and where it stands.
“They know it would rank alongside some of the best days the club has had if we were able to give Liverpool a tough game.
“Everybody knows about Manchester United in 1984 and the club’s best FA Cup run in 1956-57 when we beat Tottenham and Wolves.
“They were tremendous achievements and we need to focus on ourselves now.”
Howe is also looking forward to renewing acquaintances with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, the Northern Irishman he describes as a “role model”.
“Brendan is someone I have been lucky enough to see work and to get to build a relationship with,” said Howe.
“He is someone I really respect and is very much a role model for me. He has achieved great things in his time as a manager.
“I consider him a very brave manager and a manager that thinks differently to most. I have a lot of time for him and think he is doing a brilliant job at Liverpool.
“I competed against him when Burnley played Swansea and it will be good to see him again.”
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