Liverpool vs Brighton
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 1 October 2022
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Liverpool has had a difficult start to the season, winning only twice in their first six Premier League games and falling to eighth place in the standings, nine points behind league leaders Arsenal.
Since the dismal Merseyside derby goalless draw away to Everton on September 3, Jurgen Klopp’s team has not played in a Premier League match after having the matches against Wolves at Anfield and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge postponed due to the death of the Queen.
Brighton, on the other hand, has had a solid start to the season and is now four points ahead of Liverpool in fourth position in the league after winning four of their first six games and drawing one. The team’s lone loss came at the hands of newly promoted Fulham.
However, the seagulls will be led by a new manager for the first time since Graham Potter’s departure for Chelsea in the wake of Thomas Tuchel’s dismissal, as Roberto De Zerbi takes over the team for the first time.
Liverpool vs Brighton Head to head :
- The latest encounter ended in a 0-2 win for Liverpool.
- They scored two or more goals in four of the past six clashes.
- Four of the former six meetings had goals from both teams.
- The latest match-up at this stadium ended in a 2-2 draw.
Liverpool vs Brighton Prediction :
Despite the season’s slow start, the Reds that traveled abroad performed admirably for their respective countries, with Nunez in particular shining for Uruguay.
When the team returns to Premier League play, Klopp will be hoping to make a statement and put their shaky performance and slow start to the season behind them. The team, who at times seemed incredibly sleepy, can only benefit from a month off from league play.
With Potter’s outstanding job coming to an end, Brighton will also be working under a new management for the first time in a very long time. I don’t think Liverpool will lose this weekend, and I expect them to put up a dominant display. I predict a 4-1 victory for Liverpool, with Nunez scoring his first goal at Anfield, Salah scoring twice, and Columbian Luis Diaz adding another miraculous goal.
Liverpool vs Brighton Team News :
For Saturday’s match against Brighton, Liverpool will still be without Kaide Gordon (pelvis), Naby Keita (thigh), Calvin Ramsay (back), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), and Andrew Robertson (knee).
Although the trio might not be risked given the number of games in October, Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones, and Caoimhin Kelleher might all be chosen in the matchday squad for the first time in a competitive match this season.
In order to contribute crucial experience in midfield, Jordan Henderson, who had a late cameo appearance for England during the Three Lions’ 3-3 draw against Germany on Monday, may be selected for the starting lineup.
Nunez and Roberto Firmino are less likely to be selected than Diogo Jota, who assisted in setting up Salah’s first goal against Ajax and generally looked active in a central position now that he has fully recovered from a hamstring injury.Jakub Moder (knee) and Adam Lallana (calf), who will be very sad to miss playing against his former team, won’t be traveling with Brighton, however.
De Zerbi typically preferred a 4-2-3-1 arrangement at Sassuolo, but the 43-year-old is unlikely to make much changes to the starting XI that hammered Leicester last time out and may instead go with Potter’s preferred back three system for the time being.
However, due to a fever, Enock Mwepu was unable to represent Zambia during the international break; as a result, he will probably be kept at home as a precaution.
As a result, Tariq Lamptey and Pervis Estupinan might compete for a berth on the wing opposite of Solly March, allowing Leandro Trossard to move up the field. To enable March to play on his natural left side, the former could prevail in that particular duel.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Diaz
Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup:
Sanchez; Veltman, Dunk, Webster; Lamptey, MacAllister, Caicedo, March; Gross, Trossard; Welbeck