This time, Rodgers' son has to 'walk alone'

This time, Rodgers' son has to 'walk alone'
Oldham Athletic's Anton Rodgers arrives for their FA Cup third round soccer match.

Every father knows the feeling: You nurture the sporting ambitions in your child, you let him or her win up to a point but there comes a time when, with sons in particular, they get darned competitive, so quick and so strong, you suffer for all that kindness.

The FA Cup on Sunday night serves up a nice little family story.

Brendan Rodgers is manager of Liverpool.

Anton Rodgers is a player of Oldham Athletic.

And the luck of the draw sees them meeting as opponents at Anfield in the third round of the competition.

"It is incredible," says Rodgers senior. "Something that may never happen in a lifetime."

"I sent him a text the day of the draw," says son Anton.

"Didn't get an answer. I think my dad was swerving my calls!"

The father is 40, the son is 20, and the nature of their winner- takes-all contest at Anfield today is heightened by the fact that Oldham knocked out Liverpool 3-2 in a thriller in last year's round four.

This is a different, improved Liverpool.

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