Liverpool Live Blog: Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll and Liam Bridcutt Lead Reds’ 6-1 Rout of Brighton


Liverpool Live Blog: Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll and Liam Bridcutt Lead Reds' 6-1 Rout of Brighton

Final, 6-1 Liverpool: The Reds finally delivered the hammering that Dalglish promised many months ago. It came at Brighton's expense, and the Reds are through to the FA Cup quarterfinal. 

92nd minute, 6-1 Liverpool: And a streaker interrupts play. It's an old-school streaker too. A man ran onto the field completely naked.

The referee has stopped the game so everyone can go wash out their eyes. 

85th minute, 6-1 Liverpool: The Reds continue the rout. Suarez headed home Carroll's header.

The Uruguayan makes amends for his penalty miss, and heads it home from close range. 

Enrique created the opportunity by carrying play into the Brighton area. He crossed to Carroll at the far post, and the big man headed back to a waiting Suarez at the near post. 

80th minute, 5-1 Liverpool: Suarez's penalty is saved by Brezovan. 

Suarez took a slight stutter-step on his run-up, and shot low to his right. The goalkeeper was able to dive and turn it away with ease. 

LFC players rushed to pounce on the rebound, but were not able to take a clear shot. 

80th minute, 5-1 Liverpool: Suarez plays Kuyt into the area, and the Dutchman is fouled as he sets to shot. The referee awards the penalty. 

74th minute, 5-1 Liverpool:Dunk's juggling act gifts LFC a fifth goal. 

He tried to control an innocent looking ball six yards away, but his first touch took him into the net.

71st minute, 4-1 Liverpool: LFC adds a fourth, and it's Bridcutt again.

Henderson broke into the Brighton half on the counter. He played a diagonal pass to Gerrard at the top of the area.

Gerrard shed a defender and shot, but it was saved by the goalkeeper. The LFC captain controlled the rebound, took it to the by-line, and crossed hard. Bridcutt was on the line, again, and Gerrard's shot ricocheted off him into the net. 

69th minute, 3-1 Liverpool: Vicente and Mackail-Smith are entering the fray, as Poyet looks to prolong Brighton's cup run.

It could be too late for the visitors. LFC remains in control of the game. 

57th minute, 3-1 Liverpool: Andy Carroll turns home Downing's cross to give LFC a two-goal lead.

The big man finally found some space in the Brighton area. Downing spotted his run, and delivered a hard cross to his feet.

Carroll emphatically thumped it past Brezovan from close range.

55th minute, 2-1 Liverpool: Downing's shot on goal tests Brezovan, but the Brighton goalkeeper was equal to it. 

53rd minute, 2-1 Liverpool: Suarez has a penalty appeal turned down. Suarez beat the trap, Brezovan came off his line to cut down the angle, but was lost when Suarez clipped the ball over him. 

A defender rushed back to intercept, and it looked like he got his hand on it. 

46th minute, 2-1 Liverpool: Noone, a noted LFC fan, comes into the game in place of Buckley.

Noone worked on Gerrard's roof last year, when the LFC captain was expanding his house. 

Halftime, 2-1 Liverpool: The Reds took the lead on the stroke of halftime, and it was just rewards for their dominance of the first half. 

They controlled the ball throughout the half, and created a number of scoring opportunites.

44th minute, 2-1 Liverpool: Liverpool takes the lead on an own goal. Bridcutt bundles it over the line.

Johnson was the last LFC player to put it on goal. His header was cleared off a line by a defender and Birdcutt, who was rushing to line, saw the ball bounce up and hit him in the chest. 

43rd minute, 1-1: Gerrard tests Brezovan with a free kick from just outside the area. 

35th minute, 1-1: Gerrard is aiming for Carroll in the final third. Twice in the span of the last three minutes, he's picked out the big man in the area. 

28th minute, 1-1: Suarez nearly pokes it past Brezovan, but Calderon clears it off the line. 

25th minute, 1-1: Enrique pushes forward and drives a shot on goal with his right foot.

LFC has good width and balance so far in this game. Enrique and Downing have assumed responsibility for driving LFC forward, and it's working to great effect.

21st minute, 1-1: Suarez and Downing combine in the Brighton area, and LFC comes close to scoring the go-ahead goal.

The Uruguayan played a deft flick over the top of the defense, Downing ran onto it, and played it across the face of goal. 

But nobody was there to drive it past the goalkeeper. 

17th minute, 1-1: LuaLua tied the game. The Congolese midfielder buried an indirect free kick in the lower left corner.

15th minute, 1-0 Liverpool: LFC has looked composed and confident with the ball.

Brighton is applying pressure, but the Reds have been able to pass their way around the opposition. 

10th minute, 1-0 Liverpool: The Reds have been lifted by the early goal, and are firmly in control of the game. 

Brighton has not been able to sustain possession, or string more than a few passes together at any point. 

Fifth minute, 1-0 Liverpool: Liverpool strikes first. Skrtel heads home Gerrard's corner to give the Reds an early lead. 

Gerrard flighted a corner to the near post. Skrtel was able to beat his marker to the ball, and flash his header past Brezovan. 

Fifth minute, 0-0: The game has started at a medium pace, and Brighton will look to keep Liverpool from hitting it on a quick counter. 

Pregame: Jamie Carragher returns to the starting 11 for the Brighton test. 

Carroll, Gerrard and Suarez all start for LFC for the first time … ever.

11 a.m.: Here are the lineups: 


Pepe Reina (25), goalkeeper
Glen Johnson (2), right back
Jamie Carragher (23), center back
Martin Skrtel (37), center back
Jose Enrique (3), left back
Jordan Henderson (14), midfielder
Steve Gerrard (8), midfielder
Charlie Adam (26), midfielder
Stewart Downing (19), midfielder
Luis Suarez (7), forward
Andy Carroll (9), striker


Doni (32), goalkeeper
Martin Kelly (34), defender
Sebastian Coates (16), defender
Jonjo Shelvey (33), midfielder
Jay Spearing (20), midfielder
Dirk Kuyt (18), forward
Maxi (11), forward

Brighton Hove and Albion

Peter Brezovan (1), goalkeeper
Inigo Calderon (14), right back
Gordon Greer(3), center back
Lewis Dunk (5), center back
Adam El-Abd (6), left back
Alan Navarro (8), midfielder
Kazenga LuaLua (25), midfielder
Liam Bridcutt (26), midfielder
William Buckley (30), midfielder
Ashley Barnes (9), forward
Sam Vokes (24), striker


Casper Ankergren (16), goalkeeper
Roman Vincelot (20), defender
Ryan Harley (17), midfielder
Vicente (15), midfielder
Craig Noone (11), forward
Torbjorn Agdestein(23), forward
Craig Mackail-Smith (12), striker

12 a.m. ET: Liverpool resumes its FA Cup campaign on Saturday. It hosts Brighton Hove and Albion in the fifth round, and looks to book a place in the last eight of the historic competition with a victory.

Saturday will mark the second meeting between these two teams in the 2011-12 campaign. The Reds knocked the Seagulls out of the Carling Cup with a 2-1 win back in September. It was a hard-fought victory that showed the type of danger manager Gus Poyet's team can pose any team on a given day.

Brighton sits ninth in the Championship (England's second division), but its place in the league standings is a bit deceptive. It lies just two points short of a place in the promotion playoffs. A 1-0 over Premier League opposition — Newcastle United — in the fourth round of the FA Cup reminded observers that Poyet's group is no pushover.

The Reds have skillfully balanced their energy between league and cup competitions this season, particularly in 2012. A fourth-round win over Manchester United brought the Reds one step closer to a place in its first FA Cup final since 2006.

Manager Kenny Dalglish has a full squad of players from which he can choose. He will likely field his strongest team on Saturday. Expect to see Luis Suarez and Steve Gerrard controlling the proceedings in the attack, while Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger hold things down at the back.

Join us at 11:30 a.m. for our live coverage of LFC-Brighton. We'll have all the action right here.

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