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Fearless Exeter boss warns injury-hit Liverpool ahead of FA Cup tie

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale has warned injury-hit Liverpool that his side will play with no FA Cup fear on Friday night.

Liverpool are without 11 players for their third-round trip to Devon as manager Jurgen Klopp contends with a mounting list of absentees and a third game in six days.

Exeter boss Tisdale will go into the game with a fearless attitude. Credit: PA

Playmaker Philippe Coutinho and centre-halves Kolo Toure and Dejan Lovren were the latest to pick injuries in the 1-0 Capital One Cup semi-final win at Stoke on Tuesday night and will all miss the St James Park tie.

Klopp has particular problems in central defence with Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel already ruled out, and Tisdale has promised that Liverpool can expect a bold approach from his Sky Bet League Two minnows.

"We are not just going to sit back and defend," Tisdale said ahead of Exeter's first third-round tie since they took Manchester United to a replay 11 years ago.

"I don't want to do that, we need to have some intent about us.

"I don't think we should hold back and wait for the game to happen.

"We need to go out and give it a go and get the balance right between risk and reward.

"It's a compromise between how much you risk, but we can play with no fear."