Saturday’s Premier League action kicks off with Liverpool making the long trip to Brighton as both sides look to build on impressive victories in their last league outings.
Jurgen Klopp’s side did the double over the Seagulls last season as they steamrolled their way to their maiden Premier League crown, though Graham Potter’s side can take solace in the knowledge they found the back of the net in both fixtures, even though they came away empty handed.
Despite some relatively unconvincing displays early on this season, the champions still find themselves level on points with league leaders Tottenham, while Brighton will be hoping their win last time out at Aston Villa can be the catalyst for their season following a sluggish start.
Let’s take a look at all the details ahead of this Saturday’s early kick off.
When Is Kick Off? Saturday 28 November
What Time Is Kick Off? 12:30 (GMT)
Where Is it Played? American Express Community Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream? BT Sport 1 (UK)
Referee? Stuart Attwell
Alexis Mac Allister will play no part in this weekend’s clash having tested positive for coronavirus, though Leandro Trossard and Solly March are both expected to be in contention for the home side.
Brighton boss Potter will definitely be without the suspended Tariq Lamptey after he picked up a red card in the win at Villa last time out, but the news is more encouraging regarding Davy Propper. The Netherlands international is yet to make an appearance this season due to an ongoing Achilles issue, though he could feature Saturday.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have more than their fair share of injury worries.
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold will definitely miss Saturday’s trip, while Klopp confirmed prior to the Champions League game with Atalanta that he is unsure of when Thiago and Naby Keita will return. Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also expected to miss out.
However, the Reds were boosted by the returns of Mohamed Salah and Neco Williams in their midweek European defeat. Both should play a part as Klopp looks to patch up a severely weakened starting XI.
Brighton: Ryan; Webster, Dunk, White; Veltman, Gross, Bissouma, Trossard, March; Lallana, Maupay.
Liverpool: Alisson; Williams, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner; Salah, Jota, Mane; Firmino.
Sunday’s win over Villa stopped a rot of six league games without a victory for Brighton. Prior to the Villa Park triumph, Potter’s men had gone more than two months without picking up three points in the league, with the 3-0 win over Newcastle in September the last time they tasted success.
Liverpool haven’t had anywhere near the same kind of issues in the league, though their form hasn’t been as perfect as we became accustomed to in the early parts of last season.
Their injury crisis certainly hasn’t helped matters, with the Reds already shipping 21 goals in 16 competitive games this season, but the 3-0 triumph over Leicester in their last league outing was a warning to the rest of the division that they’re still a force to be reckoned with.
Aston Villa 1-2 Brighton (21/11)
Brighton 0-0 Burnley (6/11)
Tottenham 2-1 Brighton (1/11)
Brighton 1-1 West Brom (26/10)
Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton (18/10)
Liverpool 0-2 Atalanta (25/11)
Liverpool 3-0 Leicester (22/11)
Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool (8/11)
Atalanta 0-5 Liverpool (3/11)
Liverpool 2-1 West Ham (31/10)
Both sides are struggling with injuries, though it’s undoubtedly the visitors who’ll miss their absentees the most. Three of their reliable first choice back four are missing and the likes of Fabinho and Williams are expected to be called upon.
That being side, Brighton are yet to pick up a home league win this season and Klopp’s side have shown themselves to have the mental strength and the squad depth to cope with an injury crisis. Expect their razor sharp frontline to see them through in this one.
Prediction: Brighton 1-3 Liverpool