Liverpool vs Brighton: Match Preview

Matt Thielen
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Liverpool return home to Anfield to face Brighton after a set of London fixtures against Tottenham and West Ham respectfully.

The Reds return home with loads of confidence after claiming all six points against the two aforementioned London sides. Jurgen Klopp’s side will hope to carry over the good run of form and take all three points from Brighton.

When the two sides met in November, the reverse fixture resulted in a disappointing 1-1 draw.

Brighton & Hove Albion currently sit just above the relegation zone in 17th place in the Premier League table. However, the scrappy side are coming off of a 1-0 home victory over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspurs.

Liverpool Team News

Liverpool announced the signing of two central defenders on deadline day.

The club announced the signings of both Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies from Schalke and Preston respectively. However, deadline day did not bring only good news.

Liverpool announced that Joel Matip, the teams only remaining healthy first-team centre back, is out for the rest of the season.

“Unfortunately, we found out now after everybody looked at it that Joel will be out for the rest of the season”

Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp on Joel Matip

This likely means that Jordan Henderson will start as a central defender yet again.

Brighton Team News

Brighton had their own deadline day excitement. The Seagulls announced the signing of Ecuadorian international Moises Caicedo. Graham Potter said that the club have no expectations for the player at the moment except getting to know him.

“We had a good game against them at the Amex and we’re expecting another tough test against an incredibly well-coached side.”

Brighton Manager Graham Potter on playing Liverpool

Brighton could be without starters Joel Veltman and Alexis Mac Allister who both face late fitness tests.

The Seagulls will feel like they have something to play for, as they have kept three clean sheets in a row, claiming seven of their last nine points.

Summary

Like many of their recent matches, this is a must win for Liverpool. Having failed to get the win in their last outing, the Reds will look to come out of the gates firing on all cylinders.

The squad, especially Mohamed Salah, seem to have found their scoring boots once again. However, it will be a good litmus test going against a side looking for their fourth straight clean sheet.

A win against Brighton would see Liverpool leapfrog Manchester United on goal differential and move into second place in the league table.

Liverpool vs Brighton kicks off at Anfield at 8.15pm GMT.

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