It may be far from home but the North West is very familiar to Exeter City.
In fact the region was the scene of one of the club's greatest days. Back in January 2005 the Grecians shocked Liverpool's great rivals Manchester United just 30 miles down the M62 at Old Trafford, achieving a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Sir Alex Ferguson and his team.
This afternoon many Exeter fans are arriving at Manchester Airport on the long journey to Anfield. As they pass through the city, many may well remember that day and take heart from a performance that, if replicated, could mean another massive FA Cup shock tonight.
That Manchester United side, like Liverpool's tonight, was made up mainly of young players. Many of them have gone on to play at the very highest level, winning some of football's greatest trophies and awards. The team the Grecians faced that night included:
- Gerard Pique, the 3-time Champions league winner with Barcelona and World Cup winning centre-back with Spain.
- Cristiano Ronaldo, the four-time World Footballer of the Year and Real Madrid's record goal-scorer.
- Paul Scholes, one of Manchester United's longest-serving players and part of a team that won 11 Premier League titles.
So what are the chances of an upset of that magnitude tonight?
Back at St James' Park in the first encounter between these two teams, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp put his trust in a young and inexperienced side, and they almost left red-faced.
The German has insisted he will rely on his youngsters again tonight, saying his players would not be under pressure despite the tag of favourites:
Liverpool were pushed all the way in the first meeting, needing a late equaliser to earn a replay but Klopp insists that should have no bearing on this game.
Perhaps Liverpool will be more assured this time round, on home soil and with a second chance to get the job done. But the magic of the FA Cup means Exeter have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Boss Paul Tisdale said his side must be practical but play with no fear at Anfield:
Just as at Old Trafford 11 years ago the Grecians will not be short of support. 6000 fans are making the journey to Liverpool on buses, planes and trains.
If their side can overcome the odds tonight it may just beat their last FA Cup trip to the North West.