Three own goals helped Liverpool ease past Brighton to secure an FA Cup quarter-final tie against Stoke.

Martin Skrtel gave the Carling Cup finalists the lead but Kazenga LuaLua levelled from 25 yards.

Brighton's Liam Bridcutt put through his own net before Liverpool striker Andy Carroll made it 3-1.

Two more own goals came from Bridcutt and Lewis Dunk before Luis Suarez completed the rout just minutes after missing a late penalty.

It was a resounding victory for Kenny Dalglish's side ahead of next Sunday's Wembley date with Cardiff City in the Carling Cup final.

"The reason Carroll scored is because his movement was pro-active, he moved on to the ball for once and that made all the difference. There was plenty of pace on the cross, it wasn't an easy one."

Liverpool's trophy cabinet has been gathering dust for six years, but suddenly they find themselves within touching distance of an FA Cup-Carling Cup double after their biggest win since Dalglish returned to the helm last January.

Almost 29 years on to the day, Brighton were back at the scene of their best-ever FA Cup victory - a 2-1 triumph at Anfield, on their way to the 1983 final.

But the visitors found themselves behind in only the fifth minute when Skrtel, Liverpool's form player of late, took advantage of poor marking by Ashley Barnes from Steven Gerrard's corner to arrow a close-range near-post header past Peter Brezovan.

Brighton had been here before. When the sides met back in September in the Carling Cup, Liverpool edged ahead thanks to Craig Bellamy's early goal, before running out winners.

This time the club from the second tier produced a stunning response through LuaLua.

The former Newcastle United trainee equalised with an unstoppable 25-yard low effort after Jordan Henderson had conceded a cheap free-kick.

It was a goal worthy of winning a Wembley FA Cup final.

But a minute before the interval, Liverpool were back in front.

Brezovan's failure to hold Charlie Adam's corner resulted in Suarez's shot only being partially cleared. Sam Vokes' attempt to hack Glen Johnson's header off the line rebounded off Bridcutt and into the net.

It went from bad to worse for Brighton.

ANDY CARROLL'S GOALS THIS SEASON

24 Aug Carling Cup (A) v Exeter

1 Oct Premier League (A) v Everton

29 Oct Premier League (A) v West Brom

6 Jan FA Cup (H) v Oldham

31 Jan Premier League (A) v Wolves

19 Feb FA Cup (H) v Brighton

Carroll made it 3-1 after the break with a well-executed finish following an intelligent cut-back by Stewart Downing. It was the big striker's sixth goal of the season, half of which have come in cup combat.

Bridcutt then scored his second own goal as a result of an error by keeper Brezovan.

Things got even more embarrassing for Brighton three minutes later when Dunk, under little pressure as tried to clear inside his own six-yard box, inexplicably turned a Suarez cross into the net.

There was time for Suarez to miss a penalty after Brighton substitute Craig Noone had fouled Dirk Kuyt.

But the Uruguayan made amends when he nodded in Liverpool's sixth from close range after Carroll had headed Jose Enrique's cross back across goal.

It was Liverpool's biggest win since beating Hull City by the same scoreline in a Premier League game at Anfield back in September 2009.

Dalglish had warned for a while that his team were ready to dish out a heavy defeat. This was it.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina
  • 02 Johnson
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 23 Carragher
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 08 Gerrard (Shelvey - 76' )
  • 14 Henderson (Kuyt - 76' )
  • 19 Downing (Maxi - 76' )
  • 26 Adam
  • 07 Suarez
  • 09 Carroll

Substitutes

  • 32 Doni
  • 16 Coates
  • 34 Kelly
  • 11 Maxi
  • 20 Spearing
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 18 Kuyt

Brighton

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 03 Greer
  • 05 Dunk
  • 06 El-Abd (Vicente - 69' )
  • 14 Calderon
  • 08 Navarro Booked
  • 25 LuaLua
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 30 Buckley (Noone - 46' )
  • 09 Barnes
  • 24 Vokes (Mackail-Smith - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 20 Vincelot
  • 11 Noone
  • 15 Vicente
  • 17 Harley
  • 12 Mackail-Smith
  • 23 Agdestein
Ref: Marriner
Att: 43,940

Match Stats

Shots

28 10

On target

15 4

Corners

9 2

Fouls

12 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:37 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +0:55

Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

87:06

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton) on Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool). Free kick taken right-footed by Rodriguez Maxi (Liverpool) from left wing, passed.

86:24

Foul by Inigo Calderon (Brighton) on Rodriguez Maxi (Liverpool). Free kick taken left-footed by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool) from own half, resulting in open play.

85:40

Shot by Rodriguez Vicente (Brighton) mishit left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken short by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

85:12

Defending throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

84:07

Assist (header) by Andy Carroll (Liverpool) from right side of six-yard box.

84:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Luis Suarez - Liverpool 6 - 1 Brighton Headed goal by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) (bottom-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Liverpool 6-1 Brighton.

83:57

Cross by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool), resulting in open play.

83:35

Cross by Rodriguez Vicente (Brighton), clearance by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

82:46

Cross by Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton), clearance by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

82:36

Attacking throw-in by Craig Noone (Brighton).

82:17

Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton).

81:51

Shot by Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

81:28

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Liverpool) to centre, clearance by Ashley Barnes (Brighton).

81:24

Cross by Luis Suarez (Liverpool), clearance by Lewis Dunk (Brighton).

80:25

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Liverpool) to far post, header by Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), goal kick taken long by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

80:17 Penalty

Placed penalty taken right-footed by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) (bottom-right of goal), save (parried) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

79:23

Foul by Craig Noone (Brighton) on Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool).

78:51

Defending throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

78:25

Cross by Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), resulting in ball out of play. Defending throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

78:04

Shot by Andy Carroll (Liverpool) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

77:20

Cross by Craig Noone (Brighton), clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

76:36

Attacking throw-in by Craig Noone (Brighton).

75:38 Substitution

Substitution Liverpool substitution: Jordan Henderson replaced by Dirk Kuyt (tactical).

75:38 Substitution

Substitution Liverpool substitution: Steven Gerrard replaced by Jonjo Shelvey (tactical).

75:38 Substitution

Substitution Liverpool substitution: Stewart Downing replaced by Rodriguez Maxi (tactical).

73:48

Assist by Luis Suarez.

73:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Lewis Dunk - Liverpool 5 - 1 Brighton Own goal by Lewis Dunk (Brighton) right-footed (low centre of goal) from own half (6 yards).Liverpool 5-1 Brighton.

73:47

Luis Suarez delivers the ball.

73:08

Cross by Andy Carroll (Liverpool), clearance by Craig Noone (Brighton).

72:09

Shot by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken short by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

70:46

Steven Gerrard provided the assist for the goal.

70:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Steven Gerrard - Liverpool 4 - 1 Brighton Goal by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) left-footed (top-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Liverpool 4-1 Brighton.

70:25

Shot by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (blocked) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

69:42

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton) to centre, clearance by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

69:15

Cross by Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton), clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

68:29

Goal kick taken short by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

68:01 Substitution

Substitution Brighton substitution: Sam Vokes replaced by Craig Mackail-Smith (tactical).

68:01 Substitution

Substitution Brighton substitution: Adam El-Abd replaced by Rodriguez Vicente (tactical).

67:53

Shot by Craig Noone (Brighton) right-footed from right channel (30 yards), missed right.

66:56

Cross by Charlie Adam (Liverpool), save (caught) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

66:22

Attacking throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

65:48

Foul by Andy Carroll (Liverpool) on Ashley Barnes (Brighton). Free kick taken right-footed by Gordon Greer (Brighton) from own half, passed.

65:37

Cross by Luis Suarez (Liverpool), clearance by Lewis Dunk (Brighton).

65:24

Cross by Craig Noone (Brighton), clearance by Charlie Adam (Liverpool).

64:51

Cross by Gordon Greer (Brighton), save (punched) by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

63:56

Shot by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) left-footed from left wing (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken short by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

62:46

Cross by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), save (punched) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

62:34

Attacking throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

62:01

Defending throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

61:19

Cross by Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton), clearance by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

60:30

Shot by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Lewis Dunk (Brighton).

60:02

Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

59:05

Shot by Alan Navarro (Brighton) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool). Cross by Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton), clearance by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

58:20

Cross by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken short by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

57:42

Cross by Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton), resulting in ball out of play. Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

57:32

Cross by Inigo Calderon (Brighton), clearance by Jamie Carragher (Liverpool).

56:21

Assist (pass) by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) from left side of penalty area.

56:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Carroll - Liverpool 3 - 1 Brighton Goal by Andy Carroll (Liverpool) left-footed (bottom-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Liverpool 3-1 Brighton.

55:41

Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

54:55

Shot by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) drilled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

54:29

Shot by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) drilled left-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (parried) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton). Attacking throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

54:18

Cross by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), clearance by Lewis Dunk (Brighton).

53:48

Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

52:10

Attacking throw-in by Adam El-Abd (Brighton).

51:55

Foul by Glen Johnson (Liverpool) on Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton). Free kick taken left-footed by Adam El-Abd (Brighton) from left wing, passed.

51:11

Cross by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool), clearance by Lewis Dunk (Brighton). Shot by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool). Shot by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

50:28

Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

50:07

Cross by Charlie Adam (Liverpool), clearance by Lewis Dunk (Brighton).

49:58

Attacking throw-in by Stewart Downing (Liverpool).

49:23

Foul by Glen Johnson (Liverpool) on Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton). Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Brezovan (Brighton) from own half, resulting in open play.

48:53

Sam Vokes (Brighton) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jose Reina (Liverpool) from own half, passed.

48:53 Booking

Booking Alan Navarro (Brighton) booked for unsporting behaviour.

48:12

Shot by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

47:06

Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Charlie Adam (Liverpool). Shot by Glen Johnson (Liverpool) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

46:23

Defending throw-in by Adam El-Abd (Brighton).

45:38

Defending throw-in by Adam El-Abd (Brighton).

45:18

Defending throw-in by Adam El-Abd (Brighton).

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Brighton substitution: Will Buckley replaced by Craig Noone (tactical).

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:37

Shot by Sam Vokes (Brighton) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

44:39

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton) on Luis Suarez (Liverpool). Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) from right wing, save (caught) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

44:29

Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

43:37

Assist by Glen Johnson.

43:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Bridcutt - Liverpool 2 - 1 Brighton Own goal by Liam Bridcutt. Liverpool 2-1 Brighton.

43:19

Shot by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (parried) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton). Header by Glen Johnson (Liverpool) from centre of penalty area (6 yards),

43:01

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Liverpool) to near post, save (punched) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

41:55

Foul by Inigo Calderon (Brighton) on Stewart Downing (Liverpool). Free kick curled right-footed by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) from left wing (20 yards), save (tipped over) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

41:32

Shot by Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken short by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

40:39

Cross by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

40:02

Cross by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton), clearance by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool). Shot by Adam El-Abd (Brighton) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Jose Reina (Liverpool). Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

39:42

Attacking throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton). Attacking throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

38:26

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) on Ashley Barnes (Brighton). Free kick taken left-footed by Peter Brezovan (Brighton) from own half, passed.

38:01

Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

37:54

Cross by Stewart Downing (Liverpool), clearance by Lewis Dunk (Brighton).

36:39

Cross by Inigo Calderon (Brighton), clearance by Glen Johnson (Liverpool). Attacking throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

36:05

Foul by Charlie Adam (Liverpool) on Ashley Barnes (Brighton). Free kick taken right-footed by Lewis Dunk (Brighton) from own half, resulting in open play.

34:44

Cross by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken short by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

33:42

Defending throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

32:22

Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool). Cross by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), clearance by Lewis Dunk (Brighton).

31:22

Cross by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), header by Andy Carroll (Liverpool) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken long by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

30:12

Foul by Andy Carroll (Liverpool) on Gordon Greer (Brighton). Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Brezovan (Brighton) from own half, resulting in open play.

29:23

Cross by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), resulting in ball out of play. Goal kick taken long by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

28:26

Shot by Charlie Adam (Liverpool) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), over the bar. Goal kick taken short by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

28:10

Cross by Will Buckley (Brighton), clearance by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

27:19

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Liverpool) to far post, save (punched) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton). Cross by Stewart Downing (Liverpool), clearance by Sam Vokes (Brighton).

27:07

Shot by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), clearance by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

26:33

Cross by Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton), shot by Sam Vokes (Brighton) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken short by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

26:15

Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) on Ashley Barnes (Brighton). Free kick taken right-footed by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton) from left channel, resulting in open play.

25:40

Shot by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) drilled right-footed from left channel (30 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

24:39

Shot by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

24:19

Foul by Alan Navarro (Brighton) on Luis Suarez (Liverpool). Free kick taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Liverpool) from right channel, resulting in open play.

23:31

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) on Ashley Barnes (Brighton). Free kick taken right-footed by Gordon Greer (Brighton) from own half, resulting in open play.

23:15

Attacking throw-in by Stewart Downing (Liverpool). Cross by Stewart Downing (Liverpool), clearance by Gordon Greer (Brighton).

23:06

Shot by Andy Carroll (Liverpool) left-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Gordon Greer (Brighton).

22:52

Attacking throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

22:41

Cross by Stewart Downing (Liverpool), clearance by Alan Navarro (Brighton).

22:11

Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Stewart Downing (Liverpool). Cross by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), clearance by Lewis Dunk (Brighton).

22:05

Cross by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), clearance by Lewis Dunk (Brighton).

21:39

Defending throw-in by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

20:17

Shot by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) left-footed from left side of penalty area (6 yards), clearance by Adam El-Abd (Brighton). Cross by Charlie Adam (Liverpool), foul by Andy Carroll (Liverpool) on Lewis Dunk (Brighton). Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Brezovan (Brighton) from own half, resulting in open play.

18:28

Foul by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool) on Will Buckley (Brighton). Free kick taken right-footed by Inigo Calderon (Brighton) from own half, resulting in open play.

17:37

Defending throw-in by Adam El-Abd (Brighton).

16:40

Assist (pass) by Will Buckley (Brighton) from left channel.

16:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Kazenga LuaLua - Liverpool 1 - 1 Brighton Goal by Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton) drilled right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left channel (30 yards).Liverpool 1-1 Brighton.

15:46

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) on Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton). Free kick taken right-footed by Alan Navarro (Brighton) from left channel, passed.

14:31

Foul by Inigo Calderon (Brighton) on Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool). Free kick taken left-footed by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) from left channel, passed. Shot by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) drilled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

12:40

Cross by Stewart Downing (Liverpool), save (caught) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

11:19

Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

10:19

Foul by Charlie Adam (Liverpool) on Liam Bridcutt (Brighton). Free kick taken left-footed by Gordon Greer (Brighton) from own half, passed.

9:45

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) to far post, save (punched) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

9:39

Cross by Stewart Downing (Liverpool), blocked by Inigo Calderon (Brighton).

9:13

Cross by Inigo Calderon (Brighton), save (caught) by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

8:22

Weak shot by Charlie Adam (Liverpool) mishit left-footed from left channel (30 yards), clearance by Lewis Dunk (Brighton). Attacking throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

7:15

Cross by Inigo Calderon (Brighton), clearance by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

5:39

Shot by Sam Vokes (Brighton) curled right-footed from left channel (20 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

4:42

Assist (cross) by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) from left by-line.

4:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Martin Skrtel - Liverpool 1 - 0 Brighton headed goal by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) (high centre of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Liverpool 1-0 Brighton.

4:40

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) to centre,

3:47

Cross by Stewart Downing (Liverpool), save (tipped over) by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

1:41

Goal kick taken long by Peter Brezovan (Brighton).

0:54

Attacking throw-in by Adam El-Abd (Brighton).

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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