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The History of Brighton and Hove Albion v Liverpool

There have been 16 league meetings between Brighton and Liverpool in the past, but it is the cup games between the two sides that have provided the most memorable encounters in a fixture rich with history.

Liverpool were one of the most dominant sides of the 1980s, yet they were eliminated from the FA Cup in consecutive seasons by the Albion. The first came in 1983 when Brighton, en route to the final, became the first visiting side to win a cup game at Anfield for nine years.Gerry Ryan and Jimmy Case scored the goals against the league leaders who saw Phil Neal miss a penalty with manager Jimmy Melia - a former Red's player - receiving a standing ovation from the Kop afterwards.

Brighton have been relegated by the time the draw paired the two of us together again in the fourth round the following season. This time the tie was to be played at the Goldstone live on television and it was an even more comfortable win against the reigning Division One champions, 2-0 through goals from Gerry Ryan and Terry Connor.

Ask anyone about our trip to Anfield for the FA Cup in 1991, and they will tell you that John Crumplin looked like the best defender in the world. John Barnes couldn't get out of his pocket as the chant of "Johnny Crumplin Football Genius" was born. Despite that, Liverpool still went 2-0 ahead and looked comfortable until a late Brighton rally with goals from Mike Small and John Byrne earned a Goldstone replay, which Liverpool eventually won 3-2 in extra time.

There were no chants of "Lewis Dunk Football Genius" on our last visit to Anfield. Gus Poyet's side managed to score four times against their Premier League hosts, but unfortunately three of them were in the wrong end - two from Dunk and one from Liam Bridcutt. The Reds ended up 6-1 winners and marched all the way to the final.

Dunk meanwhile has improved no end since that chastening experience, as Liverpool will hopefully find out this time around.

Football League P W D L F A
Top tier 8 1 3 4 11 19
Second tier 8 1 3 4 9 17
FA Cup 7 2 2 3 10 16
League Cup 2 0 0 2 1 2
Total 25 4 8 13 31 54


25 4 8 13 31 54

Liverpool 6-1 Brighton Sun 19/02/12 / FA Cup R5 / Anfield / 43,940
Kazenga LuaLua
Brighton manage to score four times at Anfield - unfortunately, three of them are own goals from Liam Bridcutt and a brace from Lewis Dunk in a heavy FA Cup defeat to Liverpool
Brighton 1-2 Liverpool Wed 21/09/11 / League Cup R3 / Amex Stadium / 21,897
Ashley Barnes
Steven Gerrard made his comeback from six months out as Liverpool avoided a potential banana skin against the Albion in the third round of the League Cup, winning 2-1 at the Amex
Brighton 2-3 Liverpool AET Wed 30/01/91 / FA Cup R4 Replay / Goldstone Ground / 14,440
Mike Small, John Byrne
The mighty Liverpool need extra time to eventually knock the Albion out of the FA Cup in a Goldstone replay.
Liverpool 2-2 Brighton Sat 26/01/91 / FA Cup R4 / Anfield / 32,670
John Byrne, Mike Small
The day Johnny Crumplin Football Genius was born. The full back has John Barnes in his pocket as Albion rally from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Anfield and take Liverpool to an FA Cup replay
Liverpool 4-0 Brighton Tue 29/10/85 / League Cup R3 / Anfield / 15,291
Brighton 2-0 Liverpool Sun 29/01/84 / FA Cup R4 / Goldstone Ground / 19,057
Gerry Ryan, Terry Connor
A year after shocking Liverpool on route to the 1983 FA Cup Final, Brighton did it again by defeating the reigning league champions 2-0 at the Goldstone in a game shown live on television
Brighton 2-2 Liverpool Tue 22/03/83 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 25,030
Michael Robinson, Gary Howlett
Liverpool 1-2 Brighton Sat 20/02/83 / FA Cup R5 / Anfield / 44,868
Gerry Ryan, Jimmy Case
Brighton inflicted a first cup defeat at Anfield since 1974 on Liverpool, shocking the league leaders 2-1 through goals from Gerry Ryan and Jimmy Case. Phil Neal missed a penalty for the reds.
Liverpool 3-1 Brighton Sat 30/10/82 / Top tier / Anfield / 27,929
Gerry Ryan
Liverpool 0-1 Brighton Sat 06/03/82 / Top tier / Anfield / 28,574
Andy Ritchie
A first ever win away at Liverpool came with a huge slice of luck when Ian Rush knocked the ball past Perry Digweed, but it got stuck in the Anfield mud allowing Steve Foster to get back and clear
Brighton 3-3 Liverpool Sat 17/10/81 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 26,320
Steve Foster, Jimmy Case, Andy Ritchie
3-1 down with 11 minutes remaining, the Albion produced a remarkable comeback to draw 3-3 with the European Champions with late goals from Jimmy Case and Andy Ritchie
Brighton 2-2 Liverpool Sat 21/02/81 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 23,275
Michael Robinson, Gordon Smith
Liverpool 4-1 Brighton Sat 27/09/80 / Top tier / Anfield / 35,836
Brian Horton
Liverpool 1-0 Brighton Sat 22/03/80 / Top tier / Anfield / 42,747
Brighton 1-4 Liverpool Sat 10/11/79 / Top tier / Goldstone Ground / 29,682
Ray Clarke
Liverpool 3-1 Brighton Sat 03/02/62 / 2nd tier / Anfield / 36,414
Tony Sitford
Brighton 0-0 Liverpool Sat 16/09/61 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 19,336
Brighton 3-1 Liverpool Sat 14/01/61 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 17,495
Tony Nicholas, Dennis Windross, Roy Jennings
Liverpool 2-0 Brighton Sat 03/09/60 / 2nd tier / Anfield / 24,390
Brighton 1-2 Liverpool Sat 27/02/60 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 21,118
Ian McNeill
Liverpool 2-2 Brighton Sat 10/10/59 / 2nd tier / Anfield / 30,366
Freddie Jones, Bill Curry
Brighton 2-2 Liverpool Wed 24/09/58 / 2nd tier / Goldstone Ground / 21,323
Freddie Jones, Ken Whitfield
Liverpool 5-0 Brighton Wed 03/09/58 / 2nd tier / Anfield / 39,520
Freddie Jones, Bill Curry
Brighton 0-3 Liverpool Wed 05/02/08 / FA Cup R2 Replay / Goldstone Ground / 12,000
A then-Goldstone record crowd of 12,000 saw the Albion push visitors Liverpool all the way in an FA Cup replay before losing 3-0.
Liverpool 1-1 Brighton Sat 01/02/08 / FA Cup R2 / Anfield / 36,000
Jack Hall
A huge crowd of 36,000 packed into Anfield expecting to see Division One side Liverpool hammer their Southern League visitors, but Brighton took their illustrious hosts to a replay after drawing 1-1.