Liverpool 6-1 Brighton | Reds Cruise into 6th Round

by Jonathan Carroll

Gus Poyet brought his Brighton side to Anfield on Sunday looking to upset the odds. Kenny Dalglish opted to go with Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll in attack. Although on paper the Liverpool managers formation seemed a straight forward 4-4-2, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson were given freedom to roam infield and occupy a central position to allow the full backs forward. In the end Liverpool had too many goal threats for Brighton to cope with, add to that the Seasiders didn’t help their own case.

Martin Skrtel glanced Liverpool in front from a Steven Gerrard corner after 5 minutes. Soon after the away fans were in full voice as Lua Lua equalized at the Kop end with a thunderous strike from twenty-five yards out. As the first half went on, Liverpool were certainly in the ascendancy but without having real clear-cut chances. A Charlie Adam in swinging corner wasn’t dealt with by Brezovan in the Brighton goal, Suarez’s shot was well saved but Glen Johnson’s header from the rebound went in via a deflection off Bridcutt. The first of his two own goals on the day.

The best goal for the reds including some flowing football and an in form Stewart Downing skipping past his marker, crossing low for Andy Carroll to sweep home on his left foot. The potential for Stewart Downing is apparent but whether he can realize that on a regular basis remains to be seen. It was also nice to see Andy Carroll move and create the space for the chance. Brighton had no response and continuing Liverpool pressure resulted in two more own goals from Bridcutt and Dunk.

With Liverpool cruising at 5-1, Dirk Kuyt was fouled in the box and gestured that he wanted to take the penalty. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish intervened and insisted that Luis Suarez took the resulting spot kick. Suarez’s attempt was comfortably saved in the end. Depending on which way you look at it, it could be deemed good man management or Dalglish getting caught up in the moment. It wasn’t Dalglish’s best decision to let Suarez take the penalty.Luckily it didn’t come back to cost the team a crucial goal in an important fixture. If a designated penalty taker exists it should be up to them no matter what is going on, Steven Gerrard was off the field so next in line would have been Dirk Kuyt. Lesson learned.

Suarez did eventually get his goal on eighty-five minutes after Andy Carroll re directed a Jose Enrique cross back across goal for the simplest of finishes. Liverpool score six, cruise into the next round of the FA Cup where they will play Stoke City at Anfield. Liverpool will prepare this coming week for the Carling Cup Final on Sunday next against Cardiff City at Wembley. A day out in the capital has been long overdue.

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina – 7
  • 02 Johnson – 7
  • 03 Jose Enrique – 7
  • 23 Carragher – 7
  • 37 Skrtel – 8
  • 08 Gerrard – 8 (Shelvey – 76′ )
  • 14 Henderson – 6 (Kuyt – 76′ )
  • 19 Downing – 8 (Maxi – 76′ )
  • 26 Adam – 7
  • 07 Suarez – 7
  • 09 Carroll – 8

Substitutes

  • 32 Doni
  • 16 Coates
  • 34 Kelly
  • 11 Maxi
  • 20 Spearing
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 18 Kuyt

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 03 Greer
  • 05 Dunk
  • 06 El-Abd (Vicente – 69′ )
  • 14 Calderon
  • 08 Navarro Booked
  • 25 LuaLua
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 30 Buckley (Noone – 46′ )
  • 09 Barnes
  • 24 Vokes (Mackail-Smith – 69′ )

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 20 Vincelot
  • 11 Noone
  • 15 Vicente
  • 17 Harley
  • 12 Mackail-Smith
  • 23 Agdestein
Referee: Andre Marriner (8)
Attendance: 43,940

Match Statistics

Liverpool                      Brighton

Possession                     55%                             45%

Shots on Target               15                                 4

Corners                             9                                  2

Fouls                                12                                 7

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About Jonathan Carroll

I’m a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Born and bred in Ireland I played Gaelic football and soccer while growing up and attended the prestigious Colaiste Ide in Dublin to prepare for a soccer scholarship to the USA. I played soccer at Thomas University in Georgia and was made team captain in my junior and senior years. I was honored to become an All-American in those same years. I graduated in 2007 and coached high school and collegiate level soccer programs incorporating year round strength and conditioning techniques with great success. I moved to Boston in 2011 and went on to work at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. I am currently the head strength and conditioning coach for the Boston Wolfe Tones Gaelic football team. Qualifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach FMS Certified United States Soccer Federation “D” License Football Association of Ireland Certified

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