Liverpool FC face League One side Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup third round at Anfield today. The Merseyside club will focus at winning this to land a piece of silverware at the end of the season.
Liverpool will be looking to progress to the fourth round and settle last edition’s loss against League One’s Oldham Athletic. The League One side pulled off a 3-2 victory at Boundary Park last time out to dump Liverpool of the FA Cup in the fourth round a year back.
The two sides will meet for a third consecutive season in England’s prestigious cup competition today.
Rodgers’ will look to beat the League One side comfortably at home in a clash which has another interesting thing people will be looking at. This match will have a father-son rivalry as the Liverpool manager’s son Anton Rodgers plays as a midfielder for the League One side.
Brendan Rodgers commented about his son:
He’s got quality, he has a great view of the game and he’s a real footballer. So I can’t skip over it because it’s Anton. This is business!
The younger Rodgers was wary of his father and said that his father never lets him win easily:
We have always been really competitive – he never let me win at everything, we both always tried to win everything we played – table tennis, tennis, whatever.
The Liverpool boss will be looking to win this match, even if he ends his son’s dreams of progressing to the further stages of the competition.
Assistant manager Colin Pascoe confirmed, in the pre-match conference, that captain Steven Gerrard could return to the starting line-up after he made his injury comeback as a substitute against Hull City earlier this week. Daniel Sturridge Jon Flanagan and Joe Allen are expected to be back in training in the next two weeks.
Rodgers should give summer signings Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto a go in the starting lineup. Even while suggestions have been made to give Suarez a rest, Pascoe said that the Uruguyan wants to play every single match:
If Brendan told him that we were going to rest him I’m sure he’d kick me or Brendan because he just wants to play – that is the kind of person he is. You could always look at that but if you ask Luis he would say he wants to play every game. He couldn’t put his boot on two days before the Hull game but the mentality of the man means he just wants to play every game. He takes whacks every game and just gets up, gets on with it, dusts himself down and what he does best – puts the ball in the net.
However, Rodgers might still want to rest the talismanic forward and bring him on from the bench later on along with Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson (who has played started every match for the Reds)
One can expect another goals galore, as the previous two clashes between the two produced 11 goals.
Simon Mignolet said that they will not be complacent because of facing a so-called “lesser” opposition and commented:
We want to win any game. That doesn’t make any difference whether it is the FA Cup, Capital One Cup or any other games – we try to prepare ourselves and make sure we get out of the game what we can get out of it. It is a big opportunity as you can play at Wembley but that is far ahead of us. The next game is the most important and before you get to that stage you have to win a lot of games and against Oldham it won’t be an easy game. We have to prepare in a professional manner and make sure we are ready for it when it comes along. For them it is already a cup final and they will come here and try to show everyone what they can do. We have to make sure we are professional and do a job.
Oldham boss Lee Johnson has recently acquired three players in the window and could introduce his three new signings in the match. Defender Adam Lockwood, David Worrall and Gary Harkins (both on loan) could all make their debuts for the League One side.