Preview and Prediction
The Reds apparently refuse to be written off in the title race. Their series of winless run seem to be behind them now and they are looking for getting back in the mission, retaining the title. It looks tough but is still doable, especially considering how many surprising results could happen this season due to the fixture congestion. This midweek, Jurgen Klopp’s men is playing host to Brighton, which are fighting for their existence in the top flight as they are only sitting on the 17th on the table.
The teams’ previous games
Liverpool smashed their contender again in London. After Spurs two weeks ago, last weekend it was West Ham’s turn to be thumped on their own home turf. Mo Salah and Co beat The Hammers 3-1. The Pharaoh himself bagged a brace plus another one from Gini Wijnaldum, while the host only scored a consolation goal through Craig Dawson’s header.
Meanwhile, The Seagulls stunned Tottenham last weekend. They managed to pick up maximum points by a narrow win against Jose Mourinho’s men. A single goal of the Belgian Leandro Trossard was enough to secure a necessary win to keep the relegation zone at bay.
Jurgen Klopp finally made an unusual for proven to be effective 4-3-1-2 formation in the previous outing. The absence of Sadio Mane might have played a role in forcing the German boss to do so. He can optimise Xerdan Shaqiri to feature behind Firmino and Mo Salah. Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino could be brought on at the second half to give Firmino and Salah some rest and avoid them from feeling fatique. In the injury table, Joel Matip is doubtful for this fixture along with Virgil Van Dijk, Diego Jota, Joe Gomez, James Milner and Naby Keita. Nathaniel Phillips is expected to get a nod in the starting IX.
Graham Potter, on the other hand, is likely to deploy 3-4-2-1 to overcrowd the second line before their backline. However, he has a long list of names to be sidelined from the talented Tariq Lamptey, Danny Wellbeck, Joel Veltman and the Romanian international Florian Andone plus the Argentine Alexis McAllister. At the front, Neal Maupay will occupy the targetman role supported by Leandro Trossard and the former Liverpool man, Adam Lallana.
Players to watch
The Switzerland international Xerdan Shaqiri is likely to be key man in the possible counter attack scenario as Liverpool did against West Ham. The wing back duo, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander Arnold shall continue to play a bigger role here. Both have contributed eight assists combined.
The top performers in Brighton this season are the wing back Solly March with two goals and one assist, Leandro Trossard with two goals and three assists and the defender, Adam Webster plus the midfielder Yves Bissouma.
Liverpool vs Brighton Prediction
Liverpool’s positive results in the past two games shall prove that they are still dangerous. Klopp’s effort in employing the new tactical approach could be worthy. Yet, they still have to be careful with Brighton’s potential threat, especially there is a former Reds there who knows how Klopp’s mind works, Adam Lallana, who could be motivated to display his quality.
Liverpool is still the favourite here. Their win market is at 2/5, whereas Graham Potters’s men are only projected to win at 17/2. The odds for the draw result are at 9/2.