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10 January 2019

Brighton vs Liverpool :Team News, Possible lineups, Kickoff time and Injury updates




Saturday"s Premier League clash between Brighton and Liverpool at the Amex Stadium might be one of the most important games for Klopp this season. Liverpool are the current Premier League leaders - four points ahead of nearest rivals Manchester City - while Brighton are 13th.
Liverpool fans might have a reason to be optimistic as the last 11 teams to have had  52 or more points at the same stage since 1905-06 went on to lift the title, however the strength of this year's top four means Liverpool on 54 points face an especially daunting task.
But back to back defeats from Liverpool has seen Klopp come under serious pressure as his team are now only left with the premier league and Champions league to make up for their wrongs in the English cup competitions.

Although Klopp and his Liverpool fc team might not be sure about they can achieve in the Champions league, they can sustain their chances of wining the Epl with a win over Brighton on Saturday.

But Can Brighton make it three losses for Liverpool in a row?

Competition : Premier League

Date: Saturday, January 12.

Kick-off time: 3pm.

Teams: Brighton  vs Liverpool


Brighton  Team News
The Seagulls have worries over defensive duo Lewis Dunk (ankle) and Bruno (hamstring) with both rated as doubtful for this weekend's clash - Dunk may be relieved about that, having scored no fewer than three own goals against Liverpool in past meetings.

Jose Izqueirdo, the Colombian winger, is also struggling with a knock while new signing Florin Andone is a doubt too

Meanwhile, Brighton winger Billy Arce has returned from his loan spell at Spanish Segunda Division club Extremadura UD, while under-23 defender Josh Kerr has joined Derry City on a six-month deal.

Brighton have also confirmed that under-23s midfielder Steven Alzate has returned to the club from Swindon after suffering a lower back injury.

Liverpool Team News

Liverpool seems to be having serious defensive crisis at the moment with Vigil Van Dijk the only natural fit center back current in the team after Lovren was taken of in the 2;1 defeat to wolves in the Fa cup.


Youngster Ki-Jana Hoever could be back in the defence after his impressive performance against wolves in the FA cup.


According to the Liverpool Echo, the Dutch youngster was invited to train with the senior squad for the first time just a week before Christmas due to a host of injuries sustained in defence

Liverpool will be seeing a moral boosting return of key man Oxlade-Chamberlain, after klopp confirmed the midfielder is ahead od schedule but his return is still next month.


             Best Opta match facts

  • Liverpool have won their last five matches against the Seagulls in all competitions, scoring 20 goals and conceding just five.
  • Brighton have lost seven of their nine league trips to Anfield (D1 L1), with their only victory coming in March 1982 when Andy Ritchie scored the only goal in a 1-0 win.
  • Liverpool scored nine goals against Brighton in the Premier League last season (5-1 away, 4-0 at home) – they’ve only scored more times against an opponent twice previously in a single Premier League season (10 v Norwich in 2012-13, 11 v Ipswich in 2001-02).
  • Brighton have scored three own-goals in their last three matches against Liverpool, two of which came from Lewis Dunk (in February 2012 and December 2017); the other was scored by Liam Bridcutt in their 6-1 defeat in the FA Cup in February 2012.
  • In all competitions, Brighton manager Chris Hughton has lost his last 12 away matches against the Premier League’s ‘big six’ teams, seeing his teams scoring three times while conceding 38 goals in those games.
  • Brighton manager Chris Hughton has lost all five of his Premier League matches against Liverpool, with his sides conceding at least four goals in every game (2-5, 0-5 and 1-5 at Norwich, 1-5 and 0-4 at Brighton).
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in each of their last 22 Premier League games at Anfield (W14 D8), keeping a clean sheet in the last six. The Reds last kept seven consecutive home shutouts in the top-flight in February 2007 (9) under Rafael Benítez.
  • Brighton haven’t won any of their last 14 Premier League games on the road (D4 L10), with the Seagulls failing to net in 10 of those matches, including at Anfield in May (0-4)

Comments;

Liverpool's James Milner after defeat to Man City:

"Back-to-back defeats isn't really good enough for us but you have blips in a season. It's not something you want, especially at Liverpool, we know what's expected. We have to make sure we bounce back and look at where we can get better.

"It's not about blips, they are expected, but it's how you respond and bounce back. You've seen the character in the squad over the last few years, and the players we have, to know we will bounce back. It's easier saying that but we have to do that at the weekend."

Hughton on Liverpool defensive crisis;

Hughton was asked in his pre-match press conference if Liverpool would be weakened by having the defensive trio out and said: "I don't think it does because of the quality they have got.


"As with every club, you have your recognised players in that position and those that you see as your first choices and second choices generally.

"With the game they play, they are very much a possession-based team, great counter-attacking strength and pace, and they would probably see themselves as having the bulk of possession.

"They have maneuvered players from one position into another and they have done an equally good job."

Liverpool Possible Lineups

                             Alisson

         Trent  Ki-Jana Van Dijk Robertson

                                 Fabinho
                  Shaqiri                   Gini 
         
              Salah         Firmino            Mane  
               








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