Liverpool team news & likely line-up

first_imgIt has been the perfect start to the season as far as Liverpool are concerned.Played two, won two, scored six, conceded zero. Jurgen Klopp’s side looked like they could be contenders before a ball was kicked, and two games into the new campaign they look in even better shape.Now they will look to make it three wins from three as they welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to Anfield for the Saturday evening game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Albion, of course, bloodied the nose of another title hopeful, Manchester United, at the AmEx last weekend and Chris Hughton’s men would love to do similar to the Reds this time around.Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Monday’s meeting…Liverpool injuries Liverpool will still be without Dejan Lovren, who is a couple of weeks away from returning after an abdominal problem, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a long-term absentee as he recovers from a knee injury.Elsewhere, it looks like a clean bill of health for the Reds, with Joel Matip back fit, and Fabinho available despite being left out of the 18-man squad at Crystal Palace on Monday.Fabinho, LiverpoolLiverpool suspensions Liverpool do not have any suspended players for this game. Likely Liverpool starting line-upKlopp named an unchanged side for Monday’s win at Selhurst Park, and the temptation will be to do likewise here.He was, however, critical of his full-backs after the game at Palace, suggesting they need to offer more in an offensive sense. Would Nathaniel Clyne or Alberto Moreno offer more though? Unlikely.In midfield, he has options galore with Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Fabinho all raring to go. Fabinho was left out of the squad on Monday but a home game may be more to his suiting. Naby Keita, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner have the nod for now, though.And we didn’t see Xherdan Shaqiri at all against Palace, with Daniel Sturridge appearing only in stoppage time. Options all over the place; a handy problem to have.Likely Liverpool team v BrightonBrighton 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.Lewis Dunk, BrightonTV channel & kick-off time The fixture will be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom) on BT Sports 1, kick off 5.30pm BST.In the United States , the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports, kick off 12.30pm ET.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). Since the start of last season, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 44 Premier League goals, (33 goals, 11 assists), 11 more than any other player in this period. Following his goal against Crystal Palace, Liverpool’s James Milner extended his current record for the most Premier League games scored in without losing any of them (48 games: W38 D10 L0) – he is also one goal away from reaching 50 in the competition. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more