Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion: Match Preview

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Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion
FA Cup fifth round
Sunday, February 19; 16:30

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Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll are set to start together for the first time for Liverpool.

Gus Poyet will welcome back Will Buckley and Vicente Rodriguez, while Matt Sparrow completes a three-game ban.

Gary Dicker and Tommy Elphick are ruled out for the trip to Anfield.

Carragher warns against cup complacency

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has warned against underestimating Brighton & Hove Albion ahead of this weekend's FA Cup fifth round tie.

The Reds have already notched a win over The Seagulls in the Carling Cup, and are hoping to repeat the trick over Gus Poyet's men.

But with Brighton two points off the top six in the Championship, Carragher says his side mustn't take them lightly.

“There are no easy games in the FA Cup – I could tell you that from the teams we’ve been knocked out by over the years,” he said.

“We’ve had some bad results against lower league opposition, but that’s what makes the FA Cup what it is.

"That’s why it’s so special when you do win it because you realise the pitfalls along the way.

“It would be disappointing if we were to go out having knocked Manchester United out of the last round.

“It’s a massive game for us and if we win we’ll be into the quarter-finals, and if you do well there then you’re at Wembley. It certainly keeps the season going.”

Albion boss Poyet says only a special performance will ensure his side claim a famous scalp, 29 years on from their last cup win at Anfield.

"The players know what they need to do in order to be competitive, because we have already played them this season," Poyet said.

"They know how they need to defend, they know how strong Liverpool are and they also know their quality in movement, speed and technical ability.

"We need to be at our best to have any chance. We know that we have no pressure at all but, at the same time, we really respect Liverpool.

"It will be a great experience and very unique for a few players who might never get this opportunity again."

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