Gus Poyet: Liverpool clash is a test of Brighton's Premier League credentials

The 44-year-old is keeping tabs on his players as they look to measure themselves against the Reds for the second time this season, and believes they can cause another upset
Brighton manager Gus Poyet will be checking the progress of his players in the FA Cup fifth round tie with Liverpool on Sunday, after Kenny Dalglish's men dumped them out of the League Cup earlier this season.

The Seagulls lost 2-1 to the Merseysiders in the third round of the League Cup but since then their Championship form has vastly improved. Indeed they now sit in ninth position and are currently on a seven-match unbeaten streak.

The Uruguayan coach thinks the re-match against the Merseyside club will help him determine which of his players can cut it in the top-flight should they get promoted in the coming seasons.

The 44-year-old told the club's official website: "It will be interesting to see which players show that they can perform against Premier League players so it will be a good game for me to keep checking the progress of my squad.

"If we were to go up within the next few years this fixture will help me realise which players can perform in the top division.

"We will play our own game and not change at all and we'll have to see where that gets us. On Tuesday night against Millwall we were satisfied with the point after the game because we were awful."

The south coast team impressively defeated Newcastle in the last round of the competition, and the former Tottenham and Chelsea midfielder insists they will set about their normal style in a bid to record another upset at Anfield.

He continued: "This is a great opportunity for us, a great moment for the players and we are not going to try nothing different, we are going to be ourselves and see the outcome.

"We will try to be a proper team, try to be organised, try to play our football and see what happens. They are the favourites, they are the better team, they are stronger and they have international players, but in football you never know.

"We are going to play, we have nothing to lose, but that doesn't mean we are going to go there and be a joke. We are going to try and be ourselves, the result is unpredictable."

Brighton have a duo of Liverpool fans in their ranks, Craig Noone and Alan Navarro, who are both expected to play a part in the tie, however Poyet is intent that if they are selected it will be purely down to form.

"I know we have some big Liverpool fans in the squad, but that will not play a part in my selection because we take every game seriously," he added.

"The idea is to go there and perform well and create something unique, which would be a win.

"The selection will be made on the form of the players and the way we want to play the game against a top Premier League side."

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