After a 17-day break, Premier League resumes this weekend. Many players have returned from their International duty as Liverpool are all set to face Brighton this Saturday.
In their last league match against Everton, the Reds ended up with a draw. And the Kopites will be looking forward to a fresh start with a win.
Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion: Preview
The Scousers have a good track record against Brighton. In their last 10 fixtures, Liverpool have only lost once. While the Reds drew 2 and won the rest 7 against The Seagulls Albion.
Even with a victory over Brighton this weekend, the Reds would still fall behind Hove Albion in the standings, demonstrating the campaign’s poor start for the title contenders.
Although their forthcoming encounter against Brighton will be their first domestic contest in four weeks owing to a combination of the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the previous international break, Liverpool has only won two of their six league games thus far.
Even though both teams had opportunities to win the Merseyside derby, Jurgen Klopp’s squad fell short against Everton in a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park. Jordan Pickford did an outstanding job stopping players like Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah, though.
Graham Potter’s final match as Brighton’s manager before moving to Chelsea was a resounding 5-2 victory over Leicester City. Now, Brighton hasn’t played in the Premier League in over four weeks.
Although the Reds have a good all-around record against Brighton. In their last two encounters, Brighton won one and tied the other. The start of the season has been slow for the Reds. The task in hand on Saturday will be a challenge indeed given they are facing Brighton with a new manager Roberto De Zarbi.
A slow start to the season so far has put on further pressure, while the injury list for the Reds keeps increasing.
The latest one being Andy Robertson. The Scottish Left-back has been out due to a knee injury. He joins the midfielder Nabi Keita who is suffering from a thigh injury and Oxlade-Chamberlain who is suffering from a hamstring injury. The list goes on as Calvin Ramsay and Kaide Gordon are also out on the injury bench.
Moreover, Diogo Jota was substituted while playing for Portugal against Spain and has also missed out on Liverpool’s training. Thus, the Portuguese international might not start at the weekend.
A ray of good news came from Anfield as Ibrahima Konate and Curtis Jones will embark their return. However, Klopp might not be invested in introducing them against Brighton right away after their injury breaks.
As for the line-up goes against Brighton, Klopp has pretty strong weapons in his arsenal.
Here is the predicted line-up for Liverpool from Anfield Home:
Allison, Tsimikas, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Thiago, Henderson, Nunez, Salah, Firmino
What Anfield Home Predicts
Liverpool 2-0 Brighton
Currently sitting at 4th position in the league table, Brighton are having a better season than the Reds so far.
However, Liverpool won their last game in the Champions League which added a morale boost in the locker room. Plus they have finally gotten a little break from the heavy fixture since last season. Being out for 17 days the Scousers will cheer for their team at the top of their lungs and Liverpool have the possibility to come out on top against Brighton.