Carroll stars in Liverpool rout

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Liverpool thrashed Brighton 6-1 at Anfield last night, with Kenny Dalglish delighted with his side's performance ahead of next week's Carling Cup final.

It was the first time Steven Gerrard, Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez have started together, with all three influential in securing progress to the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere, Tottenham were held to a draw by a spirited Stevenage side, who fully earned a replay at White Hart Lane against the joint favourites.

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has insisted that a top four finish is a trophy, after Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Cup - their last chance for silverware this season.

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Manchester United and Chelsea could move for Gerard Pique, who has reportedly fallen out of favour with Pep Guardiola. (Metro)

Manchester City are said to be the favourites to sign Argentina and Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan - worth around £35m. Manchester United and Arsenal are also interested. (Mirror Football)

And finally, Brazilian international striker Leandro Damiao has confirmed Tottenham have made a bid for him amid reports PSG are also interested. (ESPN)

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