What a fantastic game! It was a good atmosphere, not too cold and I was looking forward to a nice pie.
I saw the team sheet once I arrived and although it wasn’t what I had predicted it was still a strong team; no reserves being played.
The first half started a bit sloppy, for the both teams; stray passing and tackling. Then 5 mins in Skrtel comes in with a header, and the crowd went mad. Liverpool didn’t seem to get lifted though, passes were still stray and a bit raggy, that’s when they got the free kick which was a beauty from what I saw, and it was 1-1. I didn’t panic though, I still thought it was in the bag.
Bridcutts nightmare was then about to start with an own goal, this one not really being something to be embarrassed about, 2-1 just before half time was a good place to be.
The second half started well; we were pinging passes about, particularly Adam who I thought played a cracker, then Downing bolted down the wing and crossed an expert ball to the box, something we know he can do but never seems to do it with us, which was met by Andy Carroll who slammed it in brilliantly and that was 3-1.
We carried on piling the pressure at the Kop and it looked like there would definitely be more goals, and with a shot by Gerrard which was blocked, and another flying in, Bridcutts nightmare continued with another own goal, 4-1.
It was great to see Liverpool were still not taking the foot off the pedal, they were still playing well and passing and crossing, 3 minutes later Lewis Dunk scored another own goal for Brighton, one that looked completely avoidable, 5-1.
The whole team were playing well and the Kop was in full song, Suarez song being the most popular by a mile, it was already a cracking night. It was a stark contrast to the spurs game where we didn’t even try to get some shots on and crosses in, this time we were tearing down the wings and proper getting at them. The own goals may make it look like we didn’t do most of the work, we did. We were the ones putting them under so much pressure to make these mistakes in the first place.
The scoreline gave Kenny the opportunity to rest some players and that’s what he did, Kuyt for Henderson, Shelvey for Gerrard and Maxi for Downing, all of them getting a good cheer and Gerrard an ovation.
It only took 5 minutes before another incident, Noone taking Kuyt down in the box and a penalty for Liverpool. Adam looked like the taker before Suarez took the ball off him…and missed! An absolute shocker of a penalty, but with ten minutes to play Carroll headed a perfect ball, which looked like it was going in anyway before Suarez nodded it in to end a perfect game for the both of them who played really well with each other and both deserved a goal to be fair.
And that was that, full time 6-1! A brilliant performance and a standing ovation from the Liverpool faithful and booked our place in the quarters against stoke at Anfield.
My man of the match is a close one with Carroll and Suarez, but I’d have to go for Carroll as he scored and set up Suarez’s goal. He generally played well all night; winning headers all the time and linking with other players. It was a fantastic night and I hope I will be able to go and see the next game against Stoke.