What is it?
Champions Liverpool against Graham Potter’s Brighton, who will be hoping their opponents’ hectic schedule (Liverpool played in the Champions League against Atalanta on Wednesday night and then will need to report for duty for this one on Saturday to keep the television schedulers happy) will catch up with them this weekend. Brighton got back to winning ways against Aston Villa last time out but Liverpool were equally superb in seeing off Leicester City.
When is it?
Saturday, so the second Premier League game of the weekend after Crystal Palace host Newcastle on Friday night.
What time is kick-off?
It’s the 12:30pm lunchtime kick-off slot down on the south coast.
What TV channel is it on?
There will be live coverage of this one on BT Sport 1. Alternatively, bookmark this page and return to follow all the action with JJ Bull on our live blog.
What is the team news?
One man definitely missing for Brighton will be Tariq Lamptey who is suspended following his red card against Aston Villa. Leandro Trossard is a doubt with a thigh injury while a groin issue could stop Adam Lallana from facing his old club.
Alexis Mac Allister will miss the match while Davy Propper will be assessed and Aaron Connolly is also pushing to be in the squad.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah returned to action in midweek following his absence due to coronavirus and his availibility in the league will be much appreciated.
Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita all missed out in midweek but Henderson and Thiago are in the running to be included this weekend despite the tight turnaround.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk remain out.
What have we said about the clubs?
Liverpool suffered a surprise defeat in midweek to Italian side Atalanta, a performance Chris Bascombe described as ‘as tame as Liverpool have played in Europe under Klopp’. They were much changed in personnel given fixture pile up and the injuries the club is currently working with but it did not make for pretty watching.
Liverpool remain top and should still be OK, but this felt like a needless loss due to a shocking performance. Klopp has made a point of emphasising how he must keep thinking a game or two ahead. That policy has not backfired too often. It did here. His side did not have a shot on target.
But then again, they were on fire against Leicester City last weekend, so no need for panic stations at all. Indeed one man to look at for is the in-form Diogo Jota. JJ Bull breaks down why he has fitted in so quickly at Liverpool this season.
Brighton’s Danny Welbeck was also on target last weekend, opening his account for Brighton against Aston Villa. And he insists he is only just getting started:
Getting another 90 minutes is massive for me and is something I can build on and something I’m positive about. It has been pretty easy for me to settle in. We’ve got Liverpool next and I’m always looking forward to playing games against the biggest teams. It will be a good challenge for us.”
What are the odds?
- Brighton 4/1
- Liverpool 4/7
- Draw 3/1
What’s our prediction?
Victory at Brighton would move second-placed Liverpool top of the Premier League pile, for a day at least. Brighton, currently 16th, need to start accumulating the points. Klopp has promised to make changes for this one – and his defence will be weakened against by key absences through injury – but you’d expect his team to have too much fire power at the other end for the Seagulls.
Verdict: Brighton 1 Liverpool 2
Source: The Telegraph Travels