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Dalglish: Liverpool must respond
Kenny Dalglish expects a reaction from his Liverpool team in their Carling Cup match at Brighton after they lost 4-0 to Tottenham on Sunday.

Liverpool had both Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel sent off in the heavy defeat at White Hart Lane, one of the team’s worst performances since Dalglish returned as manager in January.

Speaking ahead of his team’s third-round Carling Cup tie against Championship outfit Brighton, the 60-year-old Scot was understandably reluctant to dwell on the Spurs result.

“I think we have exhausted Sunday with what we have said,” Dalglish said.

“It didn’t please anybody and the players were really disappointed. We don’t think we played well, even with 11 men we didn’t play well.”

“We didn’t start so well on Sunday, which contributed to our downfall, along with Spurs’ play.”

Liverpool reached this stage of the Carling Cup courtesy of a 3-1 win at League One side Exeter City last month.

While the Carling Cup has not always been a priority for England’s bigger clubs, Dalglish insists Liverpool are keen to progress in the competition.

“We are pleased to be in the Carling Cup and our intention is to stay in it for as long as we possibly can,” Dalglish said.

“We will have a strong team out tomorrow night and we will treat it in the same manner as we treated the Exeter game.”

“If we go there with the same attitude then we will give ourselves the best chance to win.”

Liverpool’s next opponents were promoted as League One winners last season.

And Brighton have made a flying start to life back in the Championship, sitting just two points behind leaders Southampton in third place.

“Brighton are doing fantastically well after getting promotion and were sitting on top of the table until they lost to Leicester,” Dalglish said.

“It will be a difficult game. We have got to get ourselves right, concentrate on ourselves, do our homework on Brighton and take forward it from there.”

Dalglish confirmed that Denmark centre-back Daniel Agger suffered a fractured rib during the defeat at Spurs.

“Daniel has got a fractured rib, so he’s struggling a bit,” Dalglish said.

The defender is now expected to be sidelined for up to four weeks.

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