FORMER Anfield winger John Barnes says minnows Mansfield can shatter the footballing odds and beat Liverpool on Sunday.
Lowly Stags face the Premier League giants and seven-times FA Cup winners at the One Call Stadium in front of a sell-out crowd and worldwide television audience.
But, despite LiverpoolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s improved form which has seen them defeat QPR and Sunderland 3-0 in their last two outings, Barnes believes Mansfield can give the glamorous giants a run for their money.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is going to be a tough game for Liverpool. Mansfield will be up for the game and looking to make home advantage count,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mansfield are like a league club to me, it does not seem right that they are in the Blue Square Premier, they want to get back into the league as soon as possible.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Liverpool will probably make a few changes, like they did against West Brom in the Capital One Cup. Liverpool won that game and Rodgers will have faith in his squad.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Barnes, who will be commentating on the game for ESPN, added, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mansfield is a different type of ground to West Brom and the fans will be right on top of the players.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mansfield cannot outplay Liverpool, they have to come out of the blocks fast and be physical. They have to do all they can to make things uncomfortable for Liverpool, such as making the dressing rooms cold before the game.Ã¢â‚¬Â