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Lincoln City will play five-time European champions Liverpool if they beat Mansfield in FA Cup replay

By LeighCurtis  |  Posted: December 02, 2012

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Lincoln City boss David Holdsworth is relishing the prospect of a dream tie with Liverpool in the FA Cup if they overcome Mansfield in their second round replay.

The Imps could host the five-time European champions at Sincil Bank on January 5 in what will be one of the biggest games in the club's history.

To make that a reality, Lincoln must beat Mansfield at Field Mill on December 11 having been denied a 3-2 victory yesterday by Matt Rhead's injury-time header.

But it has not stopped Holdsworth from dreaming about pitting his wits against Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

"The draw really is fantastic for both sets of supporters," he said.

"If we overcome what is a difficult game at Mansfield then I cannot tell you how much it would mean to our football club and our fans.

"I must go on record and thank the super supporters of Lincoln for their fabulous support yesterday. 

"Together, with the fans behind us, we will do our very best to win the replay and bring the mighty Reds to Sincil Bank. 

"Playing against Liverpool, on any occasion, is always an amazing day, but against Brendan Rodgers' side it would be a daunting one."

Holdsworth's last experience of a cup tie with Liverpool was when he was part of the Birmingham squad which lost on penalties in the Worthington Cup final in 2001.

But he said should Lincoln get through to face the Reds again, revenge would not cross his mind.

"I don't think they would remember me," he joked.

"Liverpool have changed  since I last played them but they have always had  a fantastic cup tradition."

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  • Sweepclean  |  December 05 2012, 9:05PM

    Hi Sorry but the link to Scott Dalton on twitter doesn't work But the fee is correct

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  • Sweepclean  |  December 05 2012, 8:57PM

    The fee either Mansfield or Lincoln City will get if they play Liverpool on TV will be £135,000 each. Check Scott Dalton's Twitter Link below https://twitter.com/scottydalton/status/275979040454754305?uid=87030181&iid=934abd33-d7c2-426f-b4ef-50034665ce63&nid=46+139+20121204

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  • eatmygoal  |  December 05 2012, 10:50AM

    It is an incredibly tight league as it saw Woking shoot up the league. It seemed like they went 1-0 agains the run of play with the penalty. Then we were on top for a large part of the game before it evened out a bit. The positive to take is that Lincoln played well and I don't think the team shuffle helped. I hope that means that come Saturday we are back on form because winning and losing can become a habit.

  • jaguarimp  |  December 05 2012, 8:47AM

    Sorry imps fans but we will not beat Mansfield if we play like we did last night so dont get your hopes up of seeing Liverpool at the bank.

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  • CardiffImp  |  December 05 2012, 7:45AM

    ....was last night just a question of a hangover from Saturday's game or did we literally take our eye off the ball so to speak and were thinking of Liverpool and that Woking would just turn up and roll over especially after losing 7-0 last Saturday. As far as the league is concerned we have to knuckle down again but it must be difficult for some of the boys to refocus. Now is the time for DH to give them a swift kick up their backsides and remember there is still a lot of work to do in the league otherwise forget Liverpool! C'mon you Imps get it together - we all want Liverpool but more importantly we don't want a season like the last one in the Conference - it's a tight league lads we can't afford too many slip ups. Here's to 3 points at Dartford on Saturday. Imps 4ever!

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  • danny_imp  |  December 04 2012, 7:30PM

    The fa have confirmed that espn will be showing the third round tie vs Liverpool whether it's ourselves or Mansfield. What a prize on offer. £115k tv rights, plus the gate receipts etc will be a massive boost and settle the ship big time. Meanwhile lets get a win tonight against Woking. UTI !!!

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  • footballmad  |  December 04 2012, 6:17PM

    Will it be pay on the turnstyle or do you have to pre-buy a ticket?

  • Qatarimp  |  December 04 2012, 4:56PM

    I'm in Qatar and have supported the imps for over 25 years, I can't get every weekend but if we beat the stags in the replay I think I may treat myself and buy the £800 air fair to cheer the team I love on.

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  • danny_imp  |  December 04 2012, 3:35PM

    1200 tickets made available. Surely we will be able to sell all those straightaway! UTI

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  • MavisEnderby  |  December 04 2012, 2:14PM

    by eatmygoal "Exeter got around £2m for playing at Old Trafford alone. What we could do with is a safety concern from the police and a switch to Anfield. Then we could expect around £1m which would do nicely." All we have to do is draw with Liverpool at home ..... problem solved (assuming we get past the stags of course)