Liverpool have the chance to go top of the Premier League when they travel to Brighton for today’s early kickoff.
The Reds currently trail leaders Tottenham on goal difference, but with Spurs facing a tricky clash with Chelsea on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s men have the chance to put on some early title-race pressure.
Klopp has complained about the hectic fixture list, which sees his side in action early this weekend despite having played in Europe in midweek.
The German rotated his side for the Champions League group stage meeting with Atalanta, but the move backfired as the Italians ran out 2-0 winners at Anfield.
Despite their issues at the back, Liverpool put in one of their best performances of the season so far to dismantle Leicester last weekend.
Klopp rested many of the stars of that display for their Champions League fixture and despite defeat in that game, the Reds should be able to prove it was a risk worth taking
Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey will be unavailable due to suspension.
Davy Propper is fit again after a stomach bug but Alexis Mac Allister, despite returning to training following a recent positive Covid-19 test, won’t feature.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is likely to start, having returned from a period of self-isolation against Atalanta.
Jordan Henderson was absent on Wednesday with a hamstring problem but is back in training and could feature.
- Liverpool are on a run of nine consecutive victories against Brighton in all competitions, scoring 27 goals in the process.
- The Seagulls are winless in 11 competitive fixtures versus Liverpool since a 2-0 home victory in the FA Cup fourth round in January 1984.
- Brighton have never won a top-flight home game against Liverpool, drawing three and losing four.
Brighton & Hove Albion
- Albion earned a first Premier League victory in seven attempts last weekend and are vying to win consecutive league games for the first time in more than a year.
- They could set an outright club record on Saturday of nine successive top-flight home matches without a win.
- The Seagulls have never beaten the reigning top-flight champions, drawing twice and losing 12 times.
- Brighton’s past seven Premier League goals have been scored by seven different players.
- Danny Welbeck has only scored one goal in 16 appearances against Liverpool in all competitions.
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- Liverpool could go four consecutive Premier League away games without a win for the first time since a run of five between January and March 2017.
- They have only won three of their past 10 top-flight away fixtures (D3, L4).
- The Reds are the only team to have scored in all of their Premier League fixtures this season.
- Liverpool could keep successive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since June.
- Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost four league fixtures in 2020, the same amount as 2018 and 2019 combined.
- Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in eight goals in his six Premier League games against Brighton, scoring five and assisting three.
- Diogo Jota scored twice on his last Premier League visit to Brighton but has since only managed one goal in 13 Premier League away appearances.