KENNY DALGLISH believes his Liverpool players are desperate to make amends for their heavy defeat at Tottenham when they face Brighton in the Carling Cup tonight.
The Reds boss, who will be without defender Daniel Agger (right) for a month due to fractured ribs, has taken his strongest squad to the south coast.
Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel serve one-match bans but skipper Steven Gerrard is set to make his comeback after six months out and Martin Kelly is likely to return at right-back.
There will be a 22,000 sell-out at the new Amex Stadium for the third round tie with Gus Poyet’s Championship high-flyers and Dalglish expects a response after Sunday’s 4-0 hammering.
“It’s good to be in the Carling Cup and our intention is to stay in it for as long as we possibly can,” he said.
“We will have a strong team out and we will treat it in the same manner as we treated the Exeter game.
“The boys enjoy winning rather than losing and it would be fantastic for them to get some success.
“Sunday didn’t please anybody and the players were really disappointed. We don’t think we played well even with 11 men. We didn’t start so well and that contributed to our downfall.
“It’s a much more pleasant journey home when you have won than it is when you have lost.”
Dalglish will demand a repeat of the performance in the last round at Exeter, when the Reds won 3-1.
And the boss says the fans deserve something to shout about after the backing they gave his side throughout a miserable afternoon against Spurs.
“For us the best part of the day was the support we got,” he said. “The fans supported us fantastically and I think the boys will bear that in mind and look forward to repaying them in some way.
“Brighton are doing fantastically well after getting promotion to the Championship and were sitting on top of the table until they lost to Leicester.
“If we go there with the same attitude we showed at Exeter then we will give ourselves a better chance of winning.
“It will be a difficult game. We will approach it properly and professionally.
“They were totally professional when we played at Exeter and we’ll have to do the same again if we want to get a result.”
Agger is facing a month on the sidelines after scans revealed he fractured two ribs after falling heavily early on at White Hart Lane.
The Denmark international had started the campaign in fine form.
“It’s the worst possible news – Daniel has broken two ribs,” said his agent Per Steffensen.
“He now has to lie still for four weeks before resuming training. He’s sad and it’s annoying because now we’ll be hearing all these stories about how he’s injured all the time.”
Sebastian Coates is in line to make his full debut alongside Jamie Carragher tonight.