Liverpool vs Brighton: Talking points, line-up and predicted score


Liverpool will be hoping to build on their winning momentum as they welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to Anfield tonight. The Reds are looking to make it three Premier League wins in a row for the first time since September.


With Jurgen Klopp's men returning to form, the title race looks set to go down to the wire and a victory against the Seagulls will set them up nicely for a potentially season-defining clash against Manchester City next week.


Talking points ahead of the Anfield clash against the Seagulls:



Klopp rules out starts for Davies and Kabak


Transfer deadline day saw Liverpool bring in two defenders, with Ben Davies arriving from Preston and Ozan Kabak joining on loan from Schalke.


Ozan Kabak signing for Liverpool FC
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The Reds have been decimated by injuries all season long, with the defence, in particular, taking the biggest hit. Joel Matip picked up yet another injury in the impressive win against West Ham United in the last game, effectively ruling the Cameroon defender out for the rest of the season.


The injury had probably forced Klopp to act urgently on the final day of the transfer window, bringing in defensive reinforcements to bolster a backline that had saw 13 different centre-half pairings.


Ahead of tonight's match, the German manager has insisted that the pair "will need time", but suggested that it will not be long before they are utilised.


Jordan Henderson will likely find himself in defence yet again after a string of inspiring performance at the back, while Nathaniel Phillips should keep his place ahead of Rhys Williams after a man-of-the-match performance against the Hammers.


We do not think it will be long before we see Davies and Kabak feature, and fans will be wondering if the pair can strike up a formidable partnership for the rest of the season.


The Reds will be seeking revenge


Both sides met in November last year, with the Seagulls stealing a point after a controversial penalty awarded against Andy Robertson.


Robertson conceding a penalty after making contact with Danny Welback
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It was perhaps the match that started Liverpool's poor run of form against the "smaller teams", as they went on to drop points against Fulham, West Brom and Newcastle.


Liverpool went ahead in that game thanks to a Diogo Jota goal — who will still sit out of today's clash — but was forced to leave the Amex Stadium with just a point after Danny Welback's delayed theatrical tumble in the penalty box.


Robertson was adjudged to have fouled the English striker after a VAR decision, despite minimal contact from the fullback.


Liverpool will have the perfect opportunity to set things right again this evening as they arrive ahead of the fixture brimming with confidence, although the Seagulls are in good form themselves.


Who will replace Sadio Mane?


The Senegalese forward sat out of the game against West Ham after picking up a minor injury and is likely to miss tonight's encounter too. Divock Origi and Mo Salah led the forward line against the Hammers, with the Reds straying away from their usual formation.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain controlling a high ball
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It will be interesting to see how will Klopp set up against the Seagulls, with Roberto Firmino likely to be back in the starting line-up after being given a break at the weekend.


We think that the German manager will revert back to his preferred 4-3-3 formation against Graham Potter's attacking side, with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri, Curtis Jones and Origi all pushing for a starting role.


The Ox enjoyed a fine ten-minute cameo when he was brought on against West Ham, and could well be starting in Mane's favourite position tonight. Shaqiri and Jones might find themselves in the midfield trio, while Origi has been missing his golden scoring touch of late.



Liverpool team news


Fabinho will still miss out but could return in time for the City game, while Matip has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle ligament injury. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are still a long way from returning, while Jota could find himself in the squad by the City game.


James Milner picked up a slight hamstring concern and will likely miss out, and the Guinean Naby Keita is inching closer to a return as well.


Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)

Alisson, Robertson, Phillips, Henderson, Alexander-Arnold, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Jones, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah


Predicted Score: Liverpool 3-0 Brighton


We foresee Liverpool carrying on their fine run of form and extend their winning run, after seemingly firing on all cylinders after their goal drought. A clean sheet is due too after a couple of good defensive displays, despite failing to keep a clean sheet in three games.

 

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