After a draw against Napoli in the Champions League where Liverpool probably deserved the win, they host Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League and will look to keep their lead at eight points clear. LFC Transfer Room writer @AidanMason1 talks a bit about what the Reds look set to face today against the Seagulls.
While a win against 12th in the league may seem like a formality for the redmen given their form this season, Brighton are no pushovers, Graham Potter has them playing some decent football and they’ve proved they can score goals, netting three against both Spurs and Everton. Of late Brighton can’t be too happy with their results, losing three of their last five games and taking points from the leaders could be a huge scalp which could be a motivator to the team.
In the front of the minds of many Liverpool fans will be the loss of Fabinho but this game could be the perfect opportunity to trial someone else in his role, with Henderson and Wijnaldum being the most likely candidates. After a rest on Wednesday Trent Alexander – Arnold will almost certainly slot back into the lineup. Naby Keita could also feature after being out ill recently, and with a space opening up in the midfield this could be his chance to cement his place and get a run of starts.
Should Mohamed Salah start he will look to add to his goal tally against Brighton which currently stands at three, while Firmino’s count is at two goals and Sadio Mané has yet to score against the seaside outfit. At the other end of the pitch the Liverpool defence will be hoping to pick up their first home clean sheet in the league this season, a statistic that may be surprising to some given Liverpool’s defensive solidity in the previous campaign.
The Liverpool defence will need to keep close tabs on Neil Maupay, Brighton’s top scorer this season in the league with four goals. Brighton’s aerial threat will also need to be considered with their defence scoring a combined three goals in the league. Brighton’s young winger Leandro Trossard is another capable threat, netting twice in just seven appearances.
This may not be a game that Liverpool can expect to dominate possession with Brighton having an average possession of 53.4% this season, a respectable number. Liverpool’s number 1 Alisson Becker will need to be on his toes this game with Brighton averaging 3.3 shots on target per game.