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FA Cup

  • February 19, 2012
  • • 11:30 AM
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 43940

Live Commentary

  • FULL TIME!! Liverpool are through to the quarter-finals, where they will face a home clash against Stoke City, after an emphatic 6-1 win against Poyet's men. An entertaining cup tie at Anfield in which we saw Gerrard, Suarez and Carroll play together for the first time, and play well, as the Reds were just too good for their Championship opponents. The Seagulls were unlucky to concede three own goals, but the hosts could well have had double figures. Thanks for joining us and have a good evening!
  • 90'
    Two minutes of added time at Anfield.
  • 89'
    We're into the final minute and you could still see Liverpool grabbing a seventh, it's been that sort of day for the visitors.
  • 87'
    Vicente gets a yard of space and sees his decent effort fly wide of the goal.
  • 85'
    Sam Bisby at Anfield has managed to get a word in among this fantastic game: "It’s an absolute rout here at Anfield where Liverpool are taking the initiative of some lackadaisical defending by Brighton. The Seagulls make a mess of a cross into the area and Luis Suarez pops up to head a sixth for the hosts from close-range."
  • 84'
    Goal Luis Suárez
    GOOOOAAAAALLL! 6-1! Suarez gets his goal.
  • 83'
    Brighton have their first prolonged spell of possession I can remember in this second-half, the get the ball in the box but Skrtel is on hand to clear the cross.
  • 80'
    Penalty save Peter Brezovan
  • 80'
    Missed Penalty Luis Suárez
    SAVED!! A shocking attempt from the spot by Suarez and Brezovan manages to charge down the rebound too. Liverpool then hit the bar from the resulting corner. Brighton at sixes and sevens.
  • 79'
    PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL! Dirk Kuyt is fouled in the box. Suarez to take it....
  • 77'
    Chants of 'we want six' are now echoing round the ground as Carroll forces a save from Brezovan after Brighton give the ball away in their own half.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionJordan Henderson Dirk Kuyt
  • 76'
    SubstitutionSteven Gerrard Jonjo Shelvey
  • 76'
    SubstitutionStewart Downing Maxi Rodríguez
  • 75'
    Own Goal Lewis Carl Dunk
    ANOTHER OWN GOAL! 5-1 to Liverpool. Sam Bisby on that THIRD own goal at Anfield: "It’s a calamity of an own goal against Brighton as Liverpool well and truly put this game to bed with a fifth. A cross from Luis Suarez is juggled almost humorously by Lewis Dunk who proceeds to kick the ball over the line enough for the officials to credit another goal to the home side."
  • 71'
    Own Goal Liam Bridcutt
    GOOOAAAALL! Liverpool get a fourth, and it will go down as another own goal. Gerrard pounced on the loose ball after the defence criminally let it bounce, the midfielder's initial effort was well saved by Brezovan, he then chased down the ball and looked to cut it back into the middle from the byline and Bridcutt was again the unfortunate one to turn it into his own net as he tried to clear.
  • 69'
    SubstitutionSam Vokes Vicente Rodríguez Guillén
  • 69'
    SubstitutionAdam El-Abd Craig Mackail-Smith
  • 69'
    LuaLua does well to keep the ball in, after the pass to him was overhit, but the goal-scorer's cross is poor and Enrique calmly chests it back to his keeper.
  • 66'
    Just as I say the Liverpool defence has done no wrong, they give the ball away. However the Championship side fail to take advantage and lose the ball once more.
  • 65'
    Brighton are trying to put the ball into the Reds' box when they can but so far Dalglish's back-line have dealt with everything thrown at them, apart from LuaLua's equaliser of course.
  • 63'
    Downing tries his luck from a tight angle but his shot misses the target.
  • 61'
    Liverpool are looking for a fourth as Gerrard powers through the middle but can't find Downing. Then, Suarez shows agility again to cut inside and hit a shot, Dunk gets the block in though.
  • 59'
    LuaLua beats Johnson with a step-over before flashing a dangerous low cross into the box, however it somehow evades everyone and is then cleared.
  • 57'
    Goal Andy Carroll
    GOOAAAAAALLLLL! Carroll finishes off a great move to put Liverpool 3-1 up. Sam Bisby at Anfield on that goal: "Brilliance from Liverpool sees them start to pull away from Brighton and produce a two goal buffer between them. Tenacious work down the left-flank from Stewart Downing sees the winger get past man and cut the ball back for the waiting Andy Carroll on the penalty spot, the big man clipping the ball home for the hosts’ third of the evening."
  • 55'
    Downing drives a shot goal-ward from range which the Seagulls' keeper can only bat away. Good effort.
  • 53'
    Mad moment for Brezovan in the Brighton goal. The ball is played forward towards Suarez and as the keeper comes out to clear he completely misses the ball. The Uruguayan takes it on only to be blocked by a sliding tackle from a defender, he wants a penalty for handball but nothing is given.
  • 51'
    Liverpool come forward again and the ball drops to Gerrard on the edge of the are but the midfielder drags his shot, Jordan Henderson is there to get a cheeky flick on the ball which goes just wide.
  • 50'
    Downing plays a one-two with Suarez, but the winger is blocked off as he goes for the return ball, no free-kick given though.
  • 49'
    Yellow Card Alan Navarro
  • 48'
    It's started how it ended at Anfield, with Liverpool dominating. Suarez dips past a defender before trying a cheeky lob but his attempt is blocked.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionWill Buckley Craig Noone
  • 46'
    Brighton made one change at the break, Liverpool fan Craig Noone is on and will be hoping his personal feeling don't get in the way of playing against his heroes.
  • 45'
    Brighton kick off in the second-half.
  • Our man at Anfield Sam Bisby sums up that own goal and the first-half: "That was an absolute scramble of a goal as both outfits fight to get the ball in the Brighton box. First Luis Suarez has a go and strikes at goal, but a fantastic block sees the ball bounce to Glen Johnson at the back-post with the Seagulls defenders racing at the full-back, but the England international gets his header just right and Liverpool take the lead just one minute from the break. From where I was sitting the goal may have been helped on by one of the visitors, but Johnson will no doubt claim it as his own. It’s been an interesting game so far and the hosts have had periods of dominance, but Gus Poyet’s outfit have made their presence known throughout and although they have failed to build on their fantastic equaliser, they have spent a great deal of time in the Red’s half."
  • 45' + 1'
    HALF-TIME! The referee calls time on the opening period with Dalglish's men 2-1 up. They took the lead very early on through a Skrtel header and Brighton did well to reply quickly with LuaLua's fantastic strike. The visiting fans were in good voice and 1-1 would have been a great position for them to be in at the break, but the Reds took the lead with a slightly fortunate goal just before the whistle.
  • 45'
    One minute of injury time is signaled as Liverpool waste a free kick.
  • 44'
    Own Goal Liam Bridcutt
    GOOOOAAAAALLLL! Liverpool have made it 2-1 and it was an own goal in the end. The corner wasn't dealt with by Brezovan with his punch going more up than out. Glen Johnson was there to follow up and as Sam Vokes' clearance off the line hit his team-mate Liam Bridcutt, the ball found the net.
  • 43'
    Good save from Brezovan, Gerrard takes the free-kick from the left which nearly catches the keeper out but he manages to tip it over for a corner.
  • 41'
    LuaLua shows confidence and ability as he runs at the hosts' back-line, he does well to fire a shot in which hits the side netting but had options in the box.
  • 39'
    Will Buckley tries to inject some life into the Brighton attack, but Liverpool get back and defend in numbers to force the ball out. Eventually the ball falls to Adam El-Abd, however his shot from the edge of the box is tame and collected by Reina with ease.
  • 37'
    Brighton have the ball in an advanced position, but the goalscorer LuaLua wastes possession as his cross fails to beat the first man.
  • 34'
    Carroll takes a tumble in the area after having his shirt held, not sure if it was enough to warrant a spot-kick though.
  • 33'
    Brighton are not getting a look in at the moment as the hosts continue to hold on to the ball well.
  • 32'
    Our man at Anfield, Sam Bisby, reports: "Liverpool are turning the screw here and it’s mainly thanks to Luis Suarez who has finally got himself into this game and has had a couple of chances to his name and has gone close on both occasions. Brighton’s equaliser seemed to stun their hosts and the Reds struggled in holding onto the ball, but their recent resurgence has seen them calm the game down and once more run the tempo of the match."
  • 31'
    Big chance for Carroll! Gerrard chips a delightful angled ball towards the target man, who leaps above his man but can only send his header over the bar.
  • 30'
    Carroll is getting caught up in lots of pushing and shirt pulling whenever the ball gets pumped towards him as the big man gets penalised again.
  • 29'
    Liverpool attack again and this time it's Charlie Adam who unleashes a long-range drive at goal, but the keeper tips it over.
  • 27'
    SOMEHOW Suarez has not scored. The striker runs at the Brighton back-four at pace as they back off, he then directs a shot with the outside of his boot at goal and as it looks like the ball is about to bypass Brezovan, Calderon slides in with a fantastic block for the Seagulls.
  • 25'
    Jose Enrique then bursts forward from left-back before cutting inside and lashing an effort well wide. The Reds have took control once more since going behind, but are yet to find the net again.
  • 23'
    Suarez is next to threaten the Brighton goal. The Uruguayan shows sublime skills to beat a couple of defenders before miss-hitting the shot. The ball falls to Carroll, but the big man also doesn't get a great connection.
  • 20'
    So nearly 2-1! Suarez is looking very dangerous whenever he gets on the ball, and the torrent of boos don't seem to be bothering him. After some good work from the striker the ball fell to Downing who came close to putting his side a goal up again with a toe poke from an impossible angle.
  • 17'
    Goal Kezenga Lualua
    GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! Kezenga LuaLua equalises with the free-kick, what a strike! Our man Sam Bisby on that goal: "The magic of the FA Cup springs up again as Brighton cancel out Liverpool’s four minute opener after a superb low free-kick from Kezenga LuaLua. Striking from 25 yards out, the midfielder drives the ball underneath the defensive wall and skids past Pepe Reina to restore the balance."
  • 16'
    Brighton have a free-kick in a good position...
  • 15'
    Gerrard tries his luck from range but the ball goes just wide of the post, good effort from the England international though.
  • 13'
    Downing puts a dangerous ball into the opponents' box but the defence clear the ball, the left winger who has been on the end of criticism this season has made a bright start to the game.
  • 11'
    Gerrard delivers a corner, but this time the Brighton keeper manages to punch clear.
  • 10'
    Dalglish's side are fully in control at the moment, as Suarez and Gerrard link up well. The strong side named by the Reds' boss clearly shows their intent to take the cup seriously, an aim that is being mirrored on the field.
  • 7'
    Sam Bisby at Anfield: "It’s a perfect start for the hosts, as Liverpool get off to a cracker. Brighton concede a corner after a dangerous shot is finger-tipped over by Peter Brezovan and Steven Gerrard steps up to the set-piece. The skipper sends it towards the front-post where Martin Skrtel is waiting to head in and does so with ease."
  • 5'
    Goal Martin Skrtel
    GOOOOAAAAALLLL! Martin Skrtel makes it 1-0 to the Reds! The corner was whipped in and the big defender was unchallenged as he met the ball with his head. An early lead for the hosts and Brighton could be in for a long day now.
  • 3'
    A quiet start to the game as the home side look to get their foot on the ball and keep hold of possession. Stewart Downing has the first chance of the game and forces Peter Brezovan to tip behind for a corner.
  • 1'
    Liverpool get us underway.
  • Our man Sam Bisby reports from the ground: "Greetings from Anfield where Liverpool are ready to host Championship outfit Brighton, a side that has never lost on the red half of Merseyside in the FA Cup; winning once and forcing a draw twice. Jimmy Case famously got the winner here back in 1983 when the Seagulls went onto be defeated finalists against Manchester United in a replay. Two Premier League sides have already been held to draws to force them to play all over again in a couple of weeks’ time and Norwich City were unfortunate to not even do that, with Leicester City knocking them out at Carrow Road. The visitors here today will no doubt take confidence from that and look to prolong their undefeated record at Anfield."
  • Brighton are unbeaten in the 3 FA Cup at Anfield after winning once and drawing twice.
  • The draw for the next round has now been completed and today's winners will face be rewarded with a home game with Stoke City, who beat Crawley Town 2-0 earlier today, in the next stage.
  • So today's clash is the first time that Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll have ever started the same game for Liverpool. A strong side for the Reds and a tough test for Brighton in store.
  • Liverpool starting line-up: Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique; Henderson, Gerrard, Adam, Downing; Carroll, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Maxi, Coates, Kelly, Kuyt, Shelvey, Spearing. Brighton starting line-up: Brezovan; Calderon, Dunk, Greer, El-Abd; Buckley, Bridcutt, Navarro, LuaLua; Barnes, Vokes. Subs: Ankergren, Vincelot, Harley, Vicente, Noone, Mackail-Smith, Agdestein.
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  • Hello and welcome to's LIVE commentary of Liverpool against Brighton in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Kenny Dalglish's men have already knock the Seagulls out of one cup competition this season but Gus Poyet will be hoping his side can dish out some revenge for that at Anfield this afternoon.