League Cup: Brighton v Liverpool

Kenny Dalglish said he was going to field a strong side for tonight’s match against Brighton and Hove Albion and he’s certainly not picked a weak one.

Injuries and suspensions meant he would have to make at least three changes – Daniel Agger is injured with Martin Skrtel and Charlie Adam suspended – but he’s made a few more.

One player fans are eagerly waiting to see back in a Liverpool shirt is Steven Gerrard, he doesn’t start tonight but is expected to get on for the second half.

Amex Brighton

The Amex at Brighton - another club to beat LFC to a new stadium

Skrtel is replaced at full-back by Martin Kelly, back from the hamstring injury he picked up against Bolton at Anfield. Jose Enrique is rested, Jack Robinson coming in at left-back. In the centre of defence the new boy Sebastian Coates gets his first start, alongside vice-captain Jamie Carragher. John Flanagan is on the bench.

Three of the new midfield signings are out of the starting line-up – Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson missing this one along with the suspended Adam.

Andy Carroll had been expected to start but he’s made way for others tonight; Dirk Kuyt is back in the line-up and Craig Bellamy will make his first start in his second stint at the club – Luis Suarez also starts.

Gus Poyet’s Championship side will of course be up for this one at a packed Amex Stadium – tickets have been hard to find for both sets of fans.

Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Coates, Carra, Robinson, Kuyt, Lucas, Spearing, Bellamy, Maxi, Suarez
Subs: Doni, Flanagan, Wilson, Shelvey, Downing, Gerrard, Carroll

Kick-off: 7:45pm BST

TV Coverage:

UK: Live on Sky Sports 2 – Watch online.
US: Live on FoxSoccer.TV – Watch online.  Get a US IP Address.