Liverpool face fitness battle in early kick off in tough Brighton test
Liverpool to win 2-1
Liverpool were mighty impressive in their win over Leicester last weekend.
Considering that they are missing many of their key players to injury and coronavirus, the fact that those who stepped in performed so well shows they certainly have the strongest squad in the league.
They suffered a bad result in midweek, however, losing in their Champions League group game against Atalanta, the first time they’ve lost at home in over two years.
The fact that they will not have much time to recover and prepare for this early kick off has not gone down with manager Jurgen Klopp who feels that the TV scheduling should be kinder to clubs in this busy period.
Brighton bounced back well from recent poor form to beat Aston Villa, albeit with the help of more VAR controversy.
The Seagulls will provide a tough test to Liverpool, especially at home, though Liverpool will still be expected to take all three points back up North with them.
Form Guide (all comps): DDLDW
Reasons to be cheerful:
Striker Danny Welbeck looks like a good acquisition
Liverpool’s midweek loss shows that they are beatable
Reasons to be fearful:
Lamptey will miss out through suspension
Haven’t managed to earn the points they deserve
Brighton picked up three valuable points against Aston Villa last weekend.
That win gave them a buffer to the four clubs beneath them in the table, though it did not come without a cost to the south-coast club.
Tariq Lamptey was shown the red card just before the end of the match, meaning he will be unavailable for this one. The youngster has arguably been Brighton’s best player so far this season, so he’ll be a big miss.
However, as The Seagulls have shown the likes of Manchester United this season, they’re a tricky team to play against, although that game demonstrated how Brighton have struggled to claim the points they deserve.
Danny Welbeck looks like a good signing for sure. The former Manchester United and Arsenal player still possesses pace and a striker’s finish, so could be a good alternative to Neal Maupay up top.
Star Man – Danny Welbeck
After scoring his first goal for the club, Welbeck could combine nicely with Maupay up front, or as an alternative.
Form Guide (all comps): WWDWL
Reasons to be cheerful
Played brilliantly in tough Leicester match last weekend
Mo Salah could return, as could Thiago and Henderson
Reasons to be fearful
Poor midweek performance in the Champions League
Brighton have proved tough to play against
Liverpool will have taken great confidence from the way in which they comfortably brushed Leicester aside last weekend.
Many felt that Leicester would present a stiff challenge to the Champions, having previously sat atop the league table. However, The Reds did not present them with much of a chance throughout the match, and they ran out 3-0 winners.
On top of that, Mo Salah could return this weekend after missing out through Covid-19, leaving Klopp with a selection headache up front as Diogo Jota continues to excel since joining the side.
Brighton will present more of a challenge than many suggest, and currently sit in a lower position in the table than their performances deserve.
Having said that, Liverpool are likely to brush off their European defeat in midweek to add another three points to their tally.
Star Man – Diogo Jota
Must be one of the first names on the teamsheet at the moment, the way in which he is scoring goals.
Bringing back Henderson and Thiago could help Liverpool
Danny Welbeck could stretch Liverpool’s defence
A closer game than many are predicting
Liverpool dealt well with the pace of Leicester’s Jamie Vardy last weekend, and will look to do a similar job on Danny Welbeck this time around.
Without their first-choice defenders, however, he could cause them problems.
Unfortunately for Brighton, if Henderson and Thiago are fit to return for Liverpool, they should help the Reds dictate the game, and three points are likely to go in their direction.
Liverpool to win 2-1