Thursday 14 December 2017

Carragher wary of Brighton shock

LIVERPOOL defender Jamie Carragher is ignoring the odds ahead of Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Brighton and expects another tough clash against the Championship side.

Kenny Dalglish's side have already squared up against the Seagulls this season, when goals from Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt gave the Reds a hard-fought 2-1 Carling Cup third-round victory at the Amex Stadium in September.

And veteran centre-back Carragher wants to shrug off the favourites tag with a place in the quarter-finals at stake, knowing Gus Poyet's side are capable of creating an upset at Anfield.

“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,” Carragher 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 keeps the season going.”

“We've beaten them before and we would expect to win with the game being at Anfield, but it certainly won't be easy,” Carragher said.

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