By Tim Hodges from the Amex press briefing
Craig Noone told Brighton and Hove News this morning that he doesn’t think he’d celebrate if he scored for the Albion in front of the Kop. He will respect the club that he has supported since he was a young boy.
Noone is looking foward immensely to Sunday’s game but manager Gus Poyet has not yet confirmed his inclusion in the squad.
Noone is aware of Albion’s great FA Cup pedigree against Liverpool, saying that he had been told about the great results the Seagulls achieved in the 1980s.
Gus Poyet said that he hoped to complete the loan signing of Abdul Razak from Manchester City later today. And perhaps one other player as well.
He hopes the experience of playing against Liverpool will serve his players well. And perhaps will prepare them in the long term, for the Premier League. He discussed how proud he was when the Seagulls played at Aston Villa two years ago and commented on what a great place Anfield is to play at. He also metioned that the players won’t need motivating for this game.
Poyet revealed the idea is to go to Anfield, play the Albions’s normal game and win. Although he admits that this is a big ask. The Albion will need to be at their best to have any chance and will need to keep the ball better than they do, and defend better than they do, and bascially out perform the Merseysiders.
A squad of about 20 to Liverpool and should include Vicente and Will Buckley. Buckley is a 100% certain to travel.
Gus was aware of the comparisions being made to the 1983 cup run. But doesn’t appear to think a win at Anfield would detract attention from the ultimate goal of the this season, which is reaching the play-offs.
Poyet commented on the 6,000 fans travelling to Liverpool, saying that he hoped that the fans would enjoy the day and that the team would make them proud. He added that Albion fans always made a lot of noise.
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