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