Match Preview: Liverpool vs Brighton
Date & time: November 30th 2019, 15:00
Is it on: Only outside the UK
Ref: Martin Atkinson
If mid-week against Napoli told us one thing, it's that Liverpool really are struggling for a performance at the moment.
Results are coming, sure, but it didn't against Napoli. Liverpool went behind, as we often do, but there wasn't that obligatory late fight-back to seal the points as there has been this year.
It was always coming, perhaps we should just be thankful it hasn't - yet - happened in the Premier League.
But for all the manager and player's words about how the result is more important (and yes, it is), better performances are a must if Liverpool are to keep this run going. We can't keep digging ourselves out of tricky situations with 6 months of the season yet to come.
The mental and physical drain on the squad will be immense if the team spend the next 5-6 months digging themselves out of bad situations. Now and again, it's a winning mentality, but if we keep on conceding and struggling to break teams down it becomes an issue.
Brighton today will be a remedy, hopefully. A 'new' Brighton under a new manager, that attempts to take the game to their opponents. On paper, it's the perfect antidote for this Liverpool team. But then our mid-week opponents were apparently in 'turmoil', so..
Injuries & Suspension
It was more bad injury news this week for the Reds, with Fabinho suffering an ankle ligament injury, meaning he's out for a month, at least. Oh, he's also suspended.
Whilst the club finally - finally - confirmed that Joel Matip is out long-term. Why the club feels it necessary to keep these sorts of injuries quiet is baffling.
Initially it was reported he'd be back after the international break. While that'll technically be true, there is still no 'return' date pencilled in the for the big centre back either.
Elsewhere, Naby Keita returns after illness in the week, meaning there are three options at centre back and potentially five or six in midfield. There shouldn't be any problems in either position with that sort of depth.
For Brighton, there only appears to be a small doubt over Solly March, with an otherwise fit and available squad for Potter to pick from.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): W-W-W-W-D
Brighton (all comps): L-L-W-W-L
Predicted Line up
After a tough couple of games in the past 6 days, the 7th day brings Brighton and Hove Albion to Anfield for what should be a particularly interesting match.
The Reds are in good form, but without the displays to match. It's baffling how we've rarely played well for more than 20 minutes at a time this season.
Even the 3-1 win against Man City came about in real fits and starts. But winning is the important thing, and no more so will that be true than over the next 4 weeks.
We may see a bit of tinkering today, with the likes of Fabinho and Matip definitely out, but with a few rotten individual performances in the week as well.
Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Gini, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.