When they take on Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield on Saturday, Liverpool will be eager to get back on track in the Premier League and go back to their winning ways.
The away team, meanwhile, will be playing their debut game under new head coach Roberto De Zerbi when they take on the home side.
Our Match Preview: Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Even if they win Brighton this weekend, Liverpool cannot surpass them in the league due to their sluggish start.
Liverpool has won just two of their first six league games, but their forthcoming meeting against Brighton will be their first in four weeks owing to the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the international break.
Jurgen Klopp’s side drew 0-0 with Everton at Goodison Park, despite both sides having opportunities to win. Jordan Pickford denied Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah. Joel Matip’s 89th-minute header helped Liverpool beat Ajax 2-1 in the Champions League.
After being beaten 4-1 by Napoli in their initial group encounter, those two points might enable them to advance.
Their focus must revert to league form and position, with Anfield sure to be energized after so long. Klopp will be mindful of the possible banana peel confronting his club, particularly with a new Brighton boss.
Brighton has not played in the Premier League in over four weeks. Graham Potter’s last game in charge was a 5-2 triumph against Leicester City. Kelechi Iheanacho scored in the opening minute, but Patson Daka tied the game at halftime.
Alexis Mac Allister was in fantastic form on the day – as he has been all season since sliding to a deeper midfield position – and scored a penalty before curling a free kick beyond Danny Ward. The Argentine international had a hat-trick disallowed for offside.
How swiftly and profoundly De Zerbi changes Potter’s winning recipe remains to be seen. Potter led his team to 13 points in the first six games of the season.
The Italian was renowned for his offensive approach at Sassuolo in Serie A, but a journey to Anfield is one of the hardest managerial debuts any manager could face.
Our Team News: Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion
This Saturday, Liverpool will host Brighton without the services of Naby Keita (thigh), Andrew Robertson (knee), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), Calvin Ramsay (back), and Kaide Gordon (pelvis).
But, with so many games still to come in October, Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones, and Caoimhin Kelleher may finally be eligible to be included in the matchday squad for a competitive match this season.
England’s Jordan Henderson, who returned from injury to make a late cameo in the 3-3 draw with Germany on Monday, might be inserted into the starting XI to give veteran leadership in the middle of the field.
Diogo Jota, who set up Salah for the game’s first goal against Ajax and looked energetic in the middle of the field, is expected to start in place of Nunez and Roberto Firmino now that they are both well.
Jakub Moder (knee) and Adam Lallana (calf) will not be able to make the trip for Brighton, and neither player is happy about missing the opportunity to play against their previous team.
When at Sassuolo, de Zerbi favored a 4-2-3-1 configuration, but he may stick with Potter’s preferred back three for the time being. The 43-year-old is not expected to make many changes to the starting XI that routed Leicester the previous time they met.
However, Enock Mwepu’s recent sickness prevented him from playing for Zambia during the international break, and he will be kept at home as a precautionary measure.
Since this is the case, Leandro Trossard may be able to play higher up the field, and wingbacks Tariq Lamptey and Pervis Estupinan may have to battle it out to play with Solly March on the wing.
The former could come out on top, which would put March on his preferred left side of the field.
- Liverpool possible starting lineup: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Jota, Diaz.
- Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup: Sanchez, Veltman, Dunk, Webster, Lamptey, MacAllister, Caicedo, March, Gross, Trossard, Welbeck.
Our Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
We anticipate Brighton to come out strong under their new manager and give Liverpool a tough time.
Despite it, the Reds showed improvement from their last match against Ajax, so they should be able to pull through in the end.
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