BRENDAN RODGERS’ attention to detail meant there was never a chance he would overlook Mansfield Town. The Liverpool manager has been professional in his preparations for tomorrow’s FA Cup third round tie with the non-league side.

And as Liverpool get ready to face a club 93 places below them in the football ladder, Rodgers’ research has been thorough.

Those who know the Reds manager best say it is typical of the man.

When asked what he had learnt about the Stags, Rodgers’ response was impressively detailed and his message strong.

“We’ve prepared exactly the same for Mansfield as we would for Manchester United,” stated Rodgers.

“I don’t think you can under-prepare because that’s when it can shoot you in the foot. They play 4-4-1-1 and are direct.

“They have a centre-half who throws it into the box a mile and they are organised.

“(Matt) Green up front has good mobility and moves. They are ninth in their league and just four points off the play-offs.

“So our homework has been complete and full, we don’t underestimate any opponent.”

There have been concerns over the state of the One Call Stadium pitch this week with groundsman Michael Merriman working round the clock.

Mansfield were forced to postpone the New Year’s Day game with Grimsby Town because of a waterlogged surface and manager Paul Cox admitted to having worries earlier this week.

Rodgers remains confident the surface will not be an issue for his team who are used to playing on pristine pitches.

“The last time I saw the pitch in the Lincoln game (in the second round) it looked in good condition,” he said.

“There has been a bit of rain since and they had a game called off on Saturday but we have to adapt to every condition.”

Liverpool are brimming with confidence at present having won three of their last four games, scoring 11 times in the process.

With Rodgers eager to establish consistency in their play, the manager believes a run in the FA Cup can only help.

”This is a tournament we want to do well in,” continued Rodgers. “Sometimes these early rounds can be the most difficult. I’ll do what I’ve always done – pick a team to win.

”It’s a competition that this club has won a number of times in the past and it’s a trophy everyone in British football associates with.

“It’s a tricky tie – that’s why the cameras are there, hoping for an upset. It’s about being professional and doing our job.

“If we do that, we’ll be fine.

“They are still difficult games – you’ve got to make sure you get your approach right. If you do that, you hope your qualities come through.”

Reds midfielder Jordan Henderson believes the game will be akin to Mansfield’s cup final, so Liverpool must match their Conference hosts for desire.

His manager has echoed those sentiments.

“It’s real football,” said Rodgers. “You get guys that are working hard at that level, in not always the best conditions.

“It’s a final for Mansfield – you saw their faces after the Lincoln game when they qualified.

“For them to play against Liverpool, a club with such prestige, they’re going to give their maximum.

“For us it’s a game to continue our good form and momentum – we’ll look to go there and do a good job.

“There’s no doubt the cup gives you momentum.

“When I went to manage Watford it was around November and a difficult period for us.

“But we made some signings in the January and started a cup run.

“We eventually lost out to Chelsea but winning those games helped us build a momentum in the league.”

He added: “We’ve got two trophies to play for this season, and we’re looking to push on in the league as well.

“We’re hoping every game is a cup final for us between now and the end of the season.”