Venue – Amex Stadium, Falmer
Referee – Stuart Attwell
Date & Time – Saturday, November 28th @ 12:30
Current Odds – Brighton 19/4, Draw 16/5, Liverpool 4/7
This season, with the insanely-condensed fixture list and The Reds’ more-than-worrying injury list, it feels like Jürgen Klopp is sometimes trying to guide a patched-together vehicle in a Red Bull Soapbox Race. We’re all cheering as Liverpool gather speed, then hiding behind the couch when it looks like they’re approaching the next bend far too quickly.
On Wednesday night, they hit a speedbump. Atalanta and Gian Piero Gasperini outplayed Liverpool at Anfield and left them to pick up the wreckage in the aftermath.
On Saturday, Klopp and his men have the chance to get right back in the saddle. A win will keep Liverpool at least level on points with Spurs. However, with Mourinho’s men facing a tough London derby at Chelsea, three points could be enough to put Liverpool into first place. Those three points need to be earned first, though.
Come on you Redmen!
RIP EL DIEGO…
Brighton currently sit in 16th place in the Premier League, five points above the relegation zone. The Seagulls’ 2-1 victory at Aston Villa brought an end to a seven-game winless streak and was only Graham Potter’s side’s second league win of the campaign. Both of Brighton’s wins have come on the road this season so they’ll be hoping to change that statistic when Liverpool visit on Saturday.
Liverpool’s midweek loss to Atlanta (2-0) in the Champions League was their first since the 7-2 hammering they suffered at the hands of Aston Villa in early October. The Reds have managed brilliantly since losing Virgil van Dijk to a long-term injury. They have also lost Thiago Alcântara, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold since then but, before Wednesday night, had continued to get the results they needed.
Last weekend, Jürgen Klopp’s side disposed of high-flying Leicester City 3-0 at Anfield with Diogo Jota scoring yet again for The Reds.
Brighton Team News
Tariq Lamptey is suspended for this game after his red card in Brighton’s 2-1 win at Aston Villa last weekend.
Alexis MacAllister is out through illness while José Izquierdo is also a serious doubt.
Solly March, Davy Pröpper and former Red Adam Lallana will all face late fitness tests for Graham Potter’s side.
Potter favours a 3-4-2-1 formation with Brighton but it’s likely to be more of a 5-4-1 against Liverpool with his wing-backs given less license to roam.
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool are without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Naby Keïta. Van Dijk and Gomez are out until next April or May at the earliest. Keïta, it’s hoped, will return before the New Year.
The Reds are also waiting to see which players are fit from Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago Alcântara and Xherdan Shaqiri. It’s hoped that Henderson, at least, will be available for selection against Brighton.
Neco Williams will most likely start at right-back if Alexander-Arnold is out. Joël Matip and Fabinho will partner-up in central defence. Andy Robertson will start on the left.
Jürgen Klopp could opt for the 4-2-3-1 shape, with Henderson alongside Wijnaldum in midfield. Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané would be the three-man line supporting the out-and-out striker, Mohamed Salah.
Brighton XI (5-4-1) – Ryan; Veltman, Webster, Dunk, Burn, March; Lallana, White, Bissouma, Trossard; Welbeck
Liverpool XI (4-2-3-1) – Alisson; Williams N, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum; Jota, Firmino, Mané; Salah
WHEN THEY LAST MET
Liverpool win 3-1 at the Amex Stadium when the sides last met back in July. Mohamed Salah bagged a brace that night while captain Jordan Henderson also got on the scoresheet. Leandro Trossard scored Brighton’s only goal.
BRIGHTON 0 – 2 LIVERPOOL
Liverpool suffered a demoralising yet somewhat unsurprising defeat against Atalanta on Wednesday night. They will be keen to bounce back with a more experienced starting eleven in the early game on Saturday. Yet, with a hectic schedule and ever-increasing injury list, how long can The Reds keep this up? The Atalanta game was a bridge too far. Let’s hope Jürgen Klopp and his men have regrouped and, more importantly, gained some rest, before the Brighton match.