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Liverpool aim to catch up with the big boys when hosting Brighton
Liverpool to win 1-0
Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, AnfieldBet Now
Liverpool begin a critical month by hosting Brighton, with the Reds needing three points to kick start their push up the table.
Since being beaten by Manchester United, Liverpool have won two of their next three games, although haven’t necessarily been at the top of their game.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have suffered a number of injuries, particularly in midfield, and they haven’t quite looked like the Liverpool of the past few seasons.
All is not lost, of course. The Reds play six league games in October – win them all and they’ll be right back in it.
Brighton start a new chapter in their history under a new manager, with Graham Potter departing for Chelsea just before the international break.
Can they pick up where they left off under Potter? They remain 4th in the league, although this will be a huge test away to Liverpool.
Reasons to be cheerful:
Four weeks since their last league game will have given them time to prepare
Won seven of their 10 meetings with Brighton
Reasons to be fearful:
Midfield problems for Klopp to solve
Other injury concerns across the pitch
Liverpool will have not enjoyed going into the international break in 8th place.
However, it has been a month since their last league game, which will have given Jurgen Klopp time to motivate his players to go again in October.
With European fixtures included, Liverpool play nine times in October, giving the players plenty of opportunities to recover their form from last season.
Unfortunately, injuries have also been a concern. Arthur Melo has been drafted in during the transfer window but is yet to play, while the likes of Milner, Thiago, Henderson and Fabinho have all spent time on the injury list this season.
Against Brighton, they will be desperate to claim three points, although it won’t be easy because of their opponent’s quality.
Star Man – Darwin Nunez
The Uruguay forward scored for his country in the international break recently and will be full of confidence. He only has one league goal for Liverpool so far, but that will improve as he gets more gametime.
Reasons to be cheerful
Have been brilliant this season and deserve 4th spot so far
Unbeaten in their last two visits to Anfield
Reasons to be fearful
Liverpool is a tough first opponent for new manager De Zerbi
Will see less of the ball than they are used to
Although Brighton have changed their manager, their style of play won’t differ too much from what we saw under Graham Potter.
New boss De Zerbi is also a possession-based coach and likes his teams to control the tempo of the game.
Unfortunately, teams visiting Anfield are rarely allowed a great deal of time on the ball, and you wonder how their midfield will be able to feed the attacking players.
Brighton won’t become a bad team overnight, but it’s likely that there will be a period of adjustment as the new manager comes in and puts his stamp on things.
It’s a tough first game for the new boss, but his squad has a lot of quality.
Star Man – Alexis Mac Allister
The Argentine has scored four goals in his previous four games for the club. His dynamism coming from midfield will be crucial to Brighton’s chances here.
Liverpool will have most of the possession
Brighton won’t panic if they concede first
Could be a closer game than many suggest
There has been much in the press this week comparing Liverpool’s midfield with Brighton’s. Both have high-quality players and that is the area of the field where this game will be won and lost.
Liverpool have injury concerns while Brighton have a new manager looking to implant his style of play.
You would assume that Liverpool will come away with the points, although it won’t be plain sailing for Klopp’s men.
Liverpool to win 1-0
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