With no European football to concern themselves with this season, Liverpool will be aiming to progress deep into the later rounds of both the FA Cup and the Carling Cup this season. Having come away with a 3-1 win away to Exeter in the last round of the Carling Cup, they anxiously awaited news of who they would face in the cup's third round, the draw for which has just been made.
They didn't have to wait long to find out as they were handed a tricky trip to England's south coast to face Gus Puyet's Brighton, who, having been promoted to the Championship after winning the League One title last season, have started this season in great form and currently sit fourth in the Championship table, unbeaten thus far.
Despite their opponents being from a lower league, Kenny Dalglish will know that this is a difficult fixture for his men. Brighton are a club on the up and Puyet has them fully motivated and playing some fantastic football.
If history were to have any bearing on the result of this tie, then Dalglish could rest calmly in the knowledge that throughout Liverpool's history there have been 26 games against Brighton, of which Liverpool have won 13, drawn nine and suffered only four defeats, scoring 55 goals whilst conceding 31.
He will, however, remember that he played in two of those defeats to Brighton, the second of which is one of the most famous wins in the history of Brighton football club when they knocked the mighty Liverpool out of the FA Cup in the fifth round of the 1983 competition.
The last match between the sides was in 1994 in a testimonial match for the great Jimmy Case. Liverpool won 2-1 that day with goals from Robbie Fowler and Lee Jones.
The last competitive game between the two clubs saw Liverpool triumph 3-2 in a FA Cup fourth round replay at Brighton's Goldstone Ground when Liverpool came from 2-1 down in extra time to win the game with goals from Steve McMahon in the 103rd minute(his second goal of the game), and Ian Rush in the 106th seeing the Reds squeeze through to the round five draw.
Dalglish will be hoping for an easier passage to the next round of this cup this time around, but with Brighton in such good form playing in front of their own fans at a packed Falmer Stadium, he will know that this is a very tough draw for his team.
Full Carling Cup Third Round Draw:
Cardiff City vs Leicester City
Wolves vs Millwall
Chelsea vs Fulham
Aldershot Town or Carlisle United vs Rochdale
Arsenal vs Shrewsbury Town
Burnley vs MK Dons
Leeds United vs Manchester United
Brighton vs Liverpool
Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United
Manchester City vs Birmingham City
Blackburn Rovers vs Leyton Orient or Bristol Rovers
Swindon Town or Southampton vs Charlton or Preston North End
Everton vs West Brom
Crystal Palace or Wigan vs Middlesbrough
Aston Villa vs Bolton Wanderers
Stoke City vs Tottenham Hotspur
Ties played week commencing 19 September.
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