Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has called on his team-mates to maintain full concentration ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Brighton as the Reds look to move into the quarter-finals of the competition.
Liverpool are due to play Cardiff City in the League Cup final next weekend, and the Slovakian centre-back has urged his fellow players to put in a good performance and beat Brighton, which would set them up nicely for the trip to Wembley.
Gus Poyet’s side are just outside the Championship play-off places and beat Newcastle in the last round to set up an intriguing tie at Anfield. Skrtel knows the side have to keep their wits about them when the Seagulls make the trip to Merseyside.
The 27-year-old told LFC Magazine: “I think every game is different. This time we are at Anfield. They are in the Championship but they have a lot of quality.
“When you play against teams from other divisions they usually work very hard and make things difficult.
"We have to make sure we are properly focused because it's a game we need to win. The FA Cup is another opportunity to win a trophy. We're in the last 16 now and have a chance to go through to the quarter-finals.
"We have to do everything to take it. This is the furthest I've been in the FA Cup so far and I want to go further."
Kenny Dalglish’s side dumped Manchester City and Manchester United out of the League Cup and FA Cup, respectively, in the space of a few days - although Skrtel believes that was a good week, he says they must concentrate on their upcoming fixtures.
He added: “It was one of the best. In 2009 we beat Real Madrid 4-0 and then beat Manchester United 4-1. That was a good week too. To knock [out] City and then United was obviously good, but those games are gone now. We have other games coming up that we need to win.
"I was at the other end of the field, but I could see [Dirk Kuyt's goal against United]. It was a great goal. There was also good work by Andy [Carroll] for it. He won the header and it was a good finish by Dirk.
"To win the game so late was pleasing. Maybe we didn't play that well, they probably moved the ball better than us. But we won and that's the most important thing."