Liverpool vs Brighton | Match Preview
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Liverpool vs Brighton | Match Preview

27/03/24 18:15

Before Sunday’s big match at the Etihad as Man City host Arsenal, Liverpool have the chance to apply pressure to their title rivals against Brighton in the 2PM kickoff.

In their previous encounter the points were shared in a 2-2 draw thanks to a rare Alisson error. Now with the Brazilian shot stopper out, can Caoimhin Kelleher do better than Liverpool’s number 1 and keep his cool?

Despite Liverpool's recent form and clear level of quality above Brighton, this game could be a nervy one as the Seagulls are unbeaten in their last four games against the Reds with two wins and two draws.

Despite the match being at Anfield, that actually may be more of a worry for the Reds as they haven't win at home against Brighton since November 2019. It is up to Klopp’s men to prove themselves and finally get a win against Roberto De Zerbi.

Anfield

Liverpool team news

In terms of team news it isn’t looking great for Liverpool, as a number of players will be watching on from the sidelines due to injury. Darwin Nunez still doesn't have a clear return date after sustaining a hamstring injury against Manchester United.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Jota and Alisson Becker are all making their way back to the squad, but will still miss this weekend's fixture. However, they are expected to be fit for their match against Manchester United next week.

Unfortunately for Liverpool the international break may have dealt them another blow as Andy Robertson was forced off in Scotland's loss to Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

Scotland manager, Steve Clark spoke after the match saying; "he's just come off the pitch, let the injury take its course... hopefully it's not too serious."

There has been no update yet regarding the extent of Robertson's injury but Klopp and all associated with Liverpool will be hoping it isn't serious as it could dent their title chances.

Brighton and Hove Albion team news

Brighton’s injury list is short but still impactful as Kaoru Mitoma is set to miss the rest of the season due to a Back problem while Jack Hinshelwood is also unlikely to appear again for the Seagulls this season.

Joao Pedro may return on the weekend after two months on the sidelines and could prove vital if he can get himself fit in time for the match. The Brazilian is Brighton’s top scorer in the league this season with eight goals to his name so far.

Adam Webster also looks to make a return on Saturday, however, he may not be necessary due to Van Hecke’s decent form this season added with Lewis Dunk’s importance in this team.

The Captain of the team from Sussex will look to bounce back from a relatively poor international break and after scoring the equaliser against the Reds in October, he will look to hopefully have a similar impact again this Sunday.

Roberto De Zerbi, Brighton and Hove Albion

Overall, due to the recent form of both sides, Liverpool are the favourites heading into the weekend but with the pressure of going back to the top of the table combined with their form at Anfield against Brighton, an upset can’t be ruled out.

I am predicting a tightly fought 2-1 win for the Reds giving Klopp his first win against De Zerbi and helping them reclaim the top spot in the League.

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