Rodgers vs Rodgers as Brendan faces his son Anton in the FA cup
Oldham Athletic were drawn against Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup which is not only a replay of last year’s fixture, which Oldham won 3-2, but also a “father vs son” match up.
Brendan Rodgers and his son Anton Rodgers, who plays for Oldham Athletic and is a midfielder by trade, were very excited by the fixture.
The Guardian caught up with both of them for their reactions about the fixture:
Brendan Rodgers was quoted saying : “I was in the house watching a game on TV when I checked my phone and saw all these texts from [Oldham's manager] Lee Johnson and the chairman of Oldham [Simon Corney] and realized we must have got them in the draw. It is incredible, something that may never happen in a lifetime.”
Brendan Rodgers might have taken some time to know about the fixture, but his son immediately came to know that the fixture had been announced and said:
“I sent a text to my dad but didn’t get an answer. I think he was swerving my calls. I didn’t believe it at first, I thought it was too good to be true. I was with my son when I finally got hold of him and we had a bit of banter.”
Brendan Rodgers, who was in bullish mood and looked forward to see his son play at Anfield, said: “I was telling him that we were the highest scorers in the Premier League last year, how Anfield is a fortress and that I am looking forward to seeing him. He is a wonderful young player and terrific talent. Anfield will suit him.”
With Liverpool’s squad bearing the brunt of a busy December and January schedules there is a high probability that Brendan Rodgers will play a second string team. This may well give Anton Rodgers a chance to shine at Anfield and impress “The Kop”.