Liverpool will have the perfect opportunity to claim top spot of the Premier League table when they take on Graham Potter's Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
The champions are currently sitting joint top with Tottenham Hotspur, and will be looking to gain an advantage over the rest of the title contenders with a victory over the Seagulls.
1. The Reds will be eager to return to winning ways
Jurgen Klopp's men suffered a defeat against Atalanta in midweek — a surprisingly poor showing saw them register their first loss of their Champions League campaign, despite a resounding 5-0 victory in the reverse fixture.
The German will be hoping for an instant reaction from his team, with the Reds looking to bounce back with a strong performance after not having manage a shot on target against the Italian side. Liverpool are not used to losing games, and will be looking to fly off the blocks at the weekend.
Expect a fast start from Liverpool — and with both teams not looking too capable of keeping a clean sheet, expect goals, too.
2. The return of the Egyptian King
Mo Salah's return to the team will be a huge boost for the Reds, with the champion's ever expanding injury list well-documented this season. The Egyptian featured in mid-week against Atalanta after recovering from COVID-19, starting the game before being taken off on the hour mark.
Salah looked far from his best (to be fair, so did the entire team) but it was definitely positive news for the flying winger to clock a significant chunk of minutes that should see him walk straight back into the starting line-up on Saturday. With eight goals already to his name, we will not bet against him bringing his tally to double figures against the side currently sitting 16th in the league.
3. Depleted Seagulls
Liverpool might be ravaged by injuries this season, but Brighton are having their fair share of problems too.
Tariq Lamptey, who has been one of their standout performers this season, is sidelined through suspension after picking up a red card against Aston Villa. Yet another brilliant English right (wing)back, Lamptey's energy and directness will be missed against one of the league's trickiest customer in Sadio Mane.
Another Englishman, Adam Lallana, is also a doubt after picking up a groin injury. The attacking midfielder has settled well so far at the Amex Stadium, and would have love to be a part of this fixture after departing Melwood in the summer.
Alexis Mac Allister is one of the latest to have contracted the COVID-19 virus, while Florin Andone, Jose Izquierdo and Christian Walton are also injured.
Predicted Line-up (Liverpool)
Alisson, Milner, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Firmino, Jota, Salah, Mane