There will be somewhat of a family affair in the FA Cup Third Round this afternoon.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will come up against 20-year old Anton - who plays for League One side Oldham Athletic - for the first time in his managerial career when the two sides clash at Anfield.

It is a tie that both have been looking forward to since the draw was made back in December, and Reds boss Rodgers says that he will make sure Anton is a marked man.

"I'll tell them number 17 is the best player!" He joked.

"In all seriousness, that’s the job - but it is also a situation that I will want my players to pay attention to, because the footballing gods sometimes come into it as well.

"With the footballing gods, he could end up getting a goal. But not only that, I have to get the team to keep an eye on him because he’s a good player," he said.

He added: "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!”

Oldham managed an upset in the same competition last season as they beat Liverpool in the fourth round, and Anton Rodgers says that fate could spring a surprise.

He said: "For every Oldham player going to Anfield is special, but sometimes it takes over, fate intervenes, and maybe you get a goal that day just because it’s against a team you once played for, or against your dad!”

Despite the family ties on the opposite side, son Anton expects his dad to maintain that competitive edge that he knows ever so well.

Even as a kid victories against his dad didn't come easy, and he said: "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."

One thing's for sure, Brendan Rodgers won't be giving his son an easy ride as soon as the first whistle is blown.

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