Brighton v Liverpool: match preview

Liverpool will be eager to bounce back after defeat in the Champions League but Brighton are likely to provide a stern test

I have a formal apology to make to Danny Welbeck and Adam Lallana after suggesting they might not be what Brighton need in attack to avoid relegation last week. The pair hooked up wonderfully with the latter providing the former with Brighton’s opener in their win against Aston Villa. Moving swiftly on, can they do it again against Liverpool? Well Lallana certainly knows Jürgen Klopp’s side well and will be hungry to show he was let go a touch too soon considering Liverpool’s mountain of injury problems. A big miss is Tariq Lamptey though and without the right wing-back’s industry Brighton may just fall short in stopping Klopp’s intimidating attack. It feels unlikely we will see back-to-back poor showings after defeat against Atalanta, too. Graham Searles

Saturday 12.30pm BT Sport 1

Venue Amex Stadium

Last season Brighton 1 Liverpool 3

Odds H 5-1 A 4-7 D 3-1

Referee Stuart Attwell

This season G4 Y24 R1 6.25 cards/game


Subs from Sánchez, Steele, Sanders, Molumby, Weir, Emmerson, Dendoncker, Connolly, Trossard, Alzate, Pröpper

Doubtful None

Injured Mac Allister (match fitness, Dec), Andone (knee, unknown), Izquierdo (match fitness, unknown)

Suspended Lamptey (one match)

Discipline Y13 R3


Leading scorer Maupay 4


Subs from Adrián, Kelleher, Tsimikas, N Williams, R Williams, Phillips, Koumetio, Thiago, Keïta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Salah, Minamino, Origi, Clarkson

Doubtful Henderson (groin), Thiago (knee), Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee),
Keïta (hamstring), Shaqiri (knock)

Injured Alexander-Arnold (calf, Dec), Gomez (knee, unknown), Van Dijk (knee, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y7 R0


Leading scorer Salah 8

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