THIS Saturday, the reigning All-Ireland champions Limerick take on the 2019 kingpins Tipperary in the first round of the National Hurling League.
For Tipperary, Limerick have had their number in recent years, winning four of their last five competitive clashes including each of the last three meetings.
Limerick are once more favourites to retain their crown and for Sheedy, there can be no bad result as they take on the benchmark on Saturday.
“I don’t think there can be any bad result for us on Saturday night. We’re playing the best team in the country, they’re even money favourites for the All-Ireland, they’re there for a reason and they’ve taken a lot of cups over the last three years and they’re a fine side.
“For us, it’s great to get the opportunity to go into Limerick and pit ourselves (against them) early on, if there’s a few lads that we might be wondering where they sit in terms of our overall thoughts and plans, this is an opportunity.
“But certainly no matter what the outcome, I’m very happy with the squad I have and very happy with the team I have, I think we’ll get great preparation over the course of the League.
“It will be an opportunity for me to see some new faces and understand exactly what the make up of my panel is and ultimately you want to get to the middle of June and have a fair sense of what your championship line-up is.
“It’s a great draw, they’ve raised the bar, no question. They were outstanding champions last year across all competitions and that’s what you face into, but isn’t that the beauty of sport, these are the matches you want to be playing.
“If you want to find out where you’re at, what better way to find out. It’s a great stepping stone as we kick off the journey in 2021. I’m really excited about the fact that we’re going in to play the All-Ireland champions in their own back yard.”
Listen to Liam Sheedy’s full interview with Stephen Gleeson of Tipp FM below.
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