Match Preview: Brighton vs Liverpool
Date & time: November 28th, 2020 - 12:15pm
Where: Amex Stadium
Is it on: BT Sport
Ref: Stuart Attwell
A defeat at home to Atalanta mid-week was not the best preparation for this weekend's visit to Brighton, but Brighton will present a different sort of challenge.
Not only that, but the likes of Jota, Firmino, Henderson, Robertson and Fabinho will all be back in the starting line up. So I fully expect things to be different.
Brighton themselves have just come off the back of a hard fought win away to Aston Villa, but it did come with the loss of their best player in Tariq Lamptey.
For Liverpool the fact that our two nearest rivals play one another on Sunday, with the prospect of one, or both, dropping points means that we could well end the weekend top.
Injuries & Suspension
The usual suspects will be absent: Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whilst Naby Keita will be absent tomorrow too.
Thiago is still doubtful for tomorrow, as we all start to believe that LFC signing him didn't actually happen, and Xherdan Shaqiri will also probably be absent.
For Brighton, Florin Andone is still a long-term absentee, whilst Tariq Lamptey is suspended after being sent off last week.
Last 5 games:
Brighton (all comps): D-D-L-D-W
Liverpool (all comps): W-W-D-W-L
Predicted Line up
We'll see a whole host of changes from mid-week, with Divock Origi hopefully nowhere near the squad after that display during the week.
It could well be Div's last serious appearance for us, with Klopp visibly furious at the forward's complete lack of interest, meaning more chances should be afford to the likes of Minamino.
But there'll be no room for either in the starting line-up for tomorrow morning, as Jurgen Klopp will no doubt restore all of his in-form, or most important, players.
With so many midfield options injured, and Fabinho likely more than likely going to return to the centre of defence, I'd expect to see Klopp go with the 3-1 up front, as trialled in a couple of games prior to the break.
Predicted starting XI: Alisson, Milner, Fabinho, Matip, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson; Mane, Jota, Salah, Firmino.