Expectations High at Anfield
Liverpool achieved an excellent result away to Crystal Palace last week, and so it will be important to not undo that hard work against Brighton.
Albion are a decent side in their own right who should not be underestimated by any means as Manchester United found out last week when they were convincingly defeated.
The Reds should have far too much talent across the pitch to see a repeat of that result, but ultimately it’s up to Liverpool to turn up and get the job done.
Team News and Predicted Linieup
There’s been no changes to Liverpool’s injury list this week. Everyone who was fit still is, and everyone who wasn’t are still making their returns.
Klopp has been consistent so far in terms of team selection and that will likely be the case again against Brighton. However, there is the possibility that some or all of Xherdan Shaqiri, Daniel Sturridge, and Fabinho could make their first start for the club.
With all due respect to Brighton, this is likely the best chance so far to experiment with the lineup and give those of the periphery of the squad a chance to shine, while also easing the regular starters into the season.
Team News and Predicted Lineup
Brighton have a few key injuries leading up to the game at Anfield. Club captain Bruno will remain sidelined alongside winger Jose Izquierdo and striker Florin Adone.
One of their best and most influential players, Lewis Dunk, suffered an ankle injury against Manchester United, and while the injury isn’t as bad as first feared, it’s unlikely he’ll feature in this game.
New signing Leon Balogun will be handed his first Premier League start in a real baptism of fire. Brighton also have the option of utilising their highly touted new winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh who is yet to displace either March, Izquierdo or Knockaert.
Despite drawing confidence from their heroic efforts against Manchester United, Brighton fans and players alike will be all too aware that a far greater challenge awaits them when they take on Liverpool.
Shane Duffy has been in top form, but his new centre-back partner could struggle to handle the Reds’ attack on his debut. Overall Brighton do compare quite evenly with West Ham – a few dangerous players, in this case Gross, Knockaert, March, and Montoya, but a severe lack of pace in midfield and defence.
Liverpool will have to do more than in the first half against West Ham to create space for the attackers to run into, but I don’t anticipate Brighton using Palace’s tactics which were so effective for most of last week’s game.
Brighton will come into the game on a high, but Liverpool will want to score early to deflate them and their away fans.
Once the first goal goes in, then the floodgates should well and truly open as Brighton try to chase the game.
A 5-0 victory at home will put the Reds another step closer to being legitimate title contenders this season.
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Red Or Dead – Liverpool FC Football Blog – 25/08/2018