Liverpool vs Brighton: Team News, Likely Line-up & Predicted Score
Liverpool welcome Championship side Brighton to Anfield on Sunday for their FA Cup 5th round tie. Here’s team news, likely line-up & predicted score for the game
Liverpool welcome Championship side Brighton to Anfield on Sunday for their FA Cup fifth round tie, with a place in the quarter finals at stake.
This will be the second meeting of the season between the two sides, after the Reds won 2-1 in their Carling Cup third round tie in September.
Gus Poyet takes his side to Anfield on a 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions, but they will be up against a Liverpool side who have yet to lose at home this season.
With no European commitments this year, Kenny Dalglish is expected to name a strong team as he goes for a cup double this season having already reached the Carling Cup final.
Dalglish has a virtually fully-fit squad to choose from, with only long-term injury victim Lucas unavailable. Maxi Rodriguez is in contention again after recovering from a foot injury that has kept him on the sidelines for three weeks.
Luis Suarez is yet to play in the FA Cup this season but it’s expected he will start the game, and Dalglish will have to decide whether to recall Andy Carroll and start both strikers together.
If Jamie Carragher plays on Sunday, he will equal Liverpool’s record of playing in 210 cup games, currently held by Ian Callaghan. However, it’s likely that Kenny Dalglish will stick with what has been his first choice back four this season in Johnson, Agger, Skrtel and Enrique.
Despite Brighton being dangerous opposition, Liverpool should have too much for the Championship outfit at Anfield. If Dalglish names his strongest side it should be a relatively comfortable afternoon for the Merseysiders. Liverpool 2-0 Brighton.
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