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20 Sep 2011 14:52:05

Gus Poyet hoping to celebrate his century in style

Up for the cup: Gus Poyet Brighton manager Gus Poyet admits hisside will need to play the 'perfect' game if they are to beat Liverpoolin the Carling Cup. The Seagulls, flying high in the npower Championship and unbeaten at their new Amex Stadium, got past top-flight opposition in Sunderland in the second round. But Poyet knows his players face another step up in class against an Anfield outfit who see the competition as a realistic chance of lifting a trophy this season, not to mention one still smarting from a 4-0 defeat by Tottenham at the weekend. Add to that the likely return of Steven Gerrard to the Reds midfield after injury and Poyet could be forgiven for being a shade pessimistic. But the Uruguayan is determined to enjoy his 100th game in charge of Brighton - and says his players should do the same. 'When the draw happened it was like a celebration here, like we'd won the league again,' he said. 'I'm not going to change that because they have a great chance to play against a top-class team. 'There is no better feeling for a player who was playing in League One three months ago to play in front of 22,000 people against Liverpool. I'm not going to try to bring down those emotions. Back in action: Gerrard set to return against Brighton 'A team in the situation Liverpool are in, this is a cup which can be very important. It can be a trophy in the cabinet so they will take it very seriously. 'Saying that, they have injuries and suspensions so it will be a different team. But I know any player who comes in, like Dirk Kuyt or Craig Bellamy, will be top class so it's going to be difficult. 'On top of that if they react (to Sunday's defeat), play well and have the right attitude then we are going to suffer. 'We need to be at the top of our game and be a bit lucky, and maybe if Liverpool aren't then we've got a chance. If both teams play at the same level Liverpool should win because they are quicker, stronger and better technically. 'We have to make sure we are better than them on the day and take our chances. You need practically the perfect game to beat them - but we are going to try.' Poyet could hand a debut to former Spain midfielder Vicente, who joined as a free agent earlier this month, while 38-year-old assistant manager Mauricio Taricco is set to play at left-back.  Bellamy set for Liverpool start in Carling Cup clash with Brighton Coates determined to make his mark on Merseyside after losing Liverpool debut


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