Carra, Carroll and Charlie back: LFC v Brighton
AFTER last weekend’s league defeat it’s back to the cup today for Liverpool and Jamie Carragher makes a his first start since the last round. Daniel Agger makes way, the Dane dropping out of the 18-man squad completely.
It’s Luis Suarez’s first appearance since coming back from his ban – and for this one the manager has chosen to go with Suarez and Andy Carroll. Dirk Kuyt drops to the bench, as does Jay Spearing who makes way for Charlie Adam.
With one eye on next weekend’s trip to Wembley Liverpool have to take care not to take a result in this tie for granted. Gus Poyet’s side will be fired up and one of the reasons the game was chosen for TV was for the potential for an upset.
This is the first Liverpool game Andre Marriner has officiated on since the game in October which ultimately led to Suarez’s suspension.
Liverpool: 25 Reina, 2 Johnson, 23 Carragher, 37 Skrtel, 3 Jose Enrique, 14 Henderson, 8 Gerrard, 26 Adam, 19 Downing, 7 Suarez, 9 Carroll
Substitutes: 32 Doni, 16 Coates, 34 Kelly, 11 Maxi, 20 Spearing, 33 Shelvey, 18 Kuyt
Brighton & Hove Albion: 1 Brezovan, 3 Greer, 5 Dunk, 6 El-Abd, 14 Calderon, 8 Navarro, 25 LuaLua, 26 Bridcutt, 30 Buckley, 9 Barnes, 24 Vokes
Substitutes: 16 Ankergren, 20 Vincelot, 11 Noone, 15 Vicente, 17 Harley, 12 Mackail-Smith, 23 Agdestein,
Referee: Andre Marriner