After gutsy, hard-fought performances that led to three points during Matchweek 2, Brighton and Liverpool faceoff at Anfield for the first time this season. The Anfield Talk’s Logan (@kidddlogan) previews the matchup.
Who: Liverpool vs. Brighton and Hove Albion
When: Saturday, 25th August
Where: Anfield, Liverpool
Time: 5:30 GMT, 12:30 EST
TV: BT Sport (UK), NBC(US)
Monday’s performance against Crystal Palace was definitely not Liverpool’s forte. The grit and adversity that the team had to withstand in order to pull off the victory was something that had been lacking in years past.
Through his first two Premier League starts, Alisson Becker has been outstanding. His distribution to the forwards has started plenty of counter attacks and will prove vital against this Brighton team.
The partnership between Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk has been marvelous and could give Dejan Lovren even more time to recover from the mysterious abdominal issue. The duo may not have much work to do against Brighton, but could be tested on occasions.
The players that may be named in the centre of the park is a complete toss-up. Jurgen Klopp could go with the trio of Naby Keita, James Milner, and Gini Wijnaldum again for the third time running, or he could add Jordan Henderson and Fabinho into the mix. No matter who will be featured, Liverpool’s midfield will outpower the Brighton’s.
The front three will obviously remain the same once again. The trio has gotten off to a flying start and they will definitely give Brighton’s back line all sorts of fits.
Jurgen gave an update on Lovren during his pre-match press conference and stated that he still has not trained with the squad and it could be until after the international break when he makes his return.
Fabinho is suspected to have full fitness after missing out on the team sheet against Crystal Palace
Sunday’s performance against Mourinho’s dreadful United side, was a perfect why Mourinho’s “score and park the bus” tactic does not always work. Brighton scored two quick fire goals and a penalty at the end of the half which saw off the Red Devils from the south coast.
If Brighton will want to have any success against Liverpool the goalkeeper, Mat Ryan will have to be excellent along with the back line. The front three of Liverpool will be on the prowl in search of the channels to exploit and to get in behind.
The midfield will definitely have to try and contain Naby Keita and his movements along with those of the front three, but it is very likely they will just sit in front of the centre-backs and defend.
The attack will certainly have to put in their shift in order to try and stop the buildup play and the counter attacks, but the likes of Liverpool will easily get by.
During the clash against Manchester United, Lewis Dunk came away with an ankle injury and will not be featured in the squad. Leon Balogun will be taking his place, but there is little concern after the way he performed off of the bench.
The rest of the squad should remain the same unless illness strikes on the way to Liverpool.
The last time the Reds faced the Seagulls was on the last day of the Premier League last season. It was a very comfortable 4-0 win with dominant performances from seemingly the whole squad.
The first meeting last season, which occured at the Amex, saw another four goal victory to the Reds. The 5-1 scoreline was undermined by the way that Brighton started, but it was yet another comfortable victory.
I do not think that Brighton will be able to pull off another performance like they did last weekend, so I say it will be another comfortable victory for the Reds 4-0.
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