A defeat against Chelsea last week made the Brighton & Hove Albion fixture a must-win one for Liverpool but the Blues shocking draw against Huddersfield Town midweek has eased the pressure off the Champions League finalists as a draw versus the Seagulls at Anfield will now ensure an elite European berth next season for Jurgen Klopp’s juggernaut.
The Reds, although enjoying an incredible Champions League run and set to lock horns with Champions Real Madrid in a couple of weeks time, a few unimpressive outings of late has stretched the ‘top four’ race till the ultimate gameweek. New boys Brighton ensured a Premier League safety following a stunning 1-0 victory over runners-up Manchester United on Friday night and will be eyeing to cause yet another upset to ruin Liverpool’s Premier League campaign on Sunday afternoon.
Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion Injuries And Suspensions
Emre Can is out with a back problem for months and seems to have played his last game for Liverpool as he is set for a Bosman move to Juventus. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez are ruled out for the season with knee, thigh and ankle injuries but the Reds are set to welcome Adam Lallana who has recovered from his hamstring strain and likely to be in contention for the remaining two crucial contests of Liverpool’s season.
Steve Sidwell and Isaiah Brown are out for Brighton following their respective ankle and knee surgeries. Hughton, however, will have all other options available for the Anfield tie.
Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion Probable Lineups:
Subs: Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno, Danny Ings, Adam Lallana, Dominic Solanke.
Brighton & Hove Albion:
Subs: Tim Krul, Beram Kayal, Ezequiel Schelotto, Connor Goldson, Jurgen Locadia, Solly March, Beram Kayal, Leonardo Ulloa.
Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion Last Meeting:
Their last meeting at Anfield was an FA Cup tie where the hosts registered a thumping 6-1 win. Martin Skrtel’s early opener was canceled out by Kazenga Lua Lua minutes later but an own goal from Liam Bridcutt late in the first half restored the lead and Liverpool went on scoring four times after the break via Andy Carroll, Steven Gerrard, Lewis Dunk (own goal) and Luis Suarez.
Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion Key Players:
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah will have one last chance to become Premier League’s highest scorer in a single campaign which he is currently sharing with Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer with 31 goals. Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are in great form as well and will keep on testing Matt Ryan in Brighton goal.
Brighton’s Pascal Gross has been a revelation in midfield. Glenn Murray has scored a decent amount of goals whereas Anthony Knockaert and Jose Izquierdo have been sublime from the flanks.
Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion Head-To-Head Stats:
Liverpool Win: 14
Brighton Win: 4
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