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Premier League 2020-21 Preview: Liverpool vs Brighton

Following their impressive victory over the hosts West Ham United Fc, Liverpool Fc (The Reds) are set to play against the visitors Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club in the Premier League.

Date: 03 February 2021 (Wednesday) ; Time: 8:15 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: Anfield, Liverpool, England.

Jürgen Klopp might continue utilising Captain Jordan Henderson as a Makeshift Defender for the Reds encounter with the visitors Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club (The Seagulls).

The Skipper might be lined-up alongside with either youngster Rhys Williams or Nathaniel Phillips at the heart of the Defence.

But, Phillips might be given the nod after a strong display against the hosts West Ham United Fc (The Hammers).

After being benched for the Hammers away clash, Roberto Firmino might be restored as part of the Front 3.

The Reds has to navigate through several tricky fixtures within a short period of time. So, Klopp might consider resting one of the 3 Midfielders that played in the Hammers Clash.

This could mean that youngster Curtis Jones might feature along with benchwarmers Takumi Minamino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

If selected, this would be the first time for Adam Lallana to play against his former side since joining the Seagulls on a free transfer during Summer Transfer Window 2021.

Lallana still has plenty of memories and strong feelings for the Reds but loyalties will be cast aside, when he plays for the Seagulls.

In terms of the recent head-to-head, the Reds maintain an unbeaten record against the Seagulls, since getting knocked out in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup 1983-84 Tournament.

Yet rather surprisingly when the 2 sides met last time, the hosts Seagulls pressed the Reds and the Reds were fortunate to get away with a draw despite the VAR controversy to award Danny Welbeck a Penalty.

 

Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: Sadio Mané was absent prior to the clash with the hosts West Ham United Fc (The Hammers), due to minor muscle injury but the Club is hopeful that the Senegalese latest injury is expected to be only a short term issue.

After sustaining ankle ligament damage during the Tottenham Hotspur Fc away clash, Joël Matip will most likely be set for another significant spell on the sidelines.

Fabinho was ruled out prior to the Tottenham Hotspur Fc away fixture, due to an unspecified minor muscle issue. The Club however remains hopeful that the versatile Brazilian will be fit in time for the crucial home clash with Manchester City Fc.

After sustaining a knee injury during the FC Midtjylland Away encounter, Diogo Jota has stepped up his rehabilitation but is still few weeks away from full recovery.

Naby Keïta is edging closer to returning back in action after being ruled out due to a muscle related issue.

After undergoing successful surgeries on their injured knees, Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk has stepped up their rehabilitation but they remain sidelined for an unspecified period.

The Club remains reluctant to set any timescale for their return as they are still a long way from regaining Full Fitness.

 

Verdict: The Seagulls under Graham Potter has been known to punch above their weights but this season, they are battling to survive Relegation. The Seagulls has stunned Tottenham Hotspur Fc (sans Harry Kane) at home in their recent game which just proves their resilience.

Playing at Anfield, it will be unlikely that the Seagulls will look to press the Reds again. So, instead the Seagulls would adopt the defensive minded approach to frustrate the Reds attack by defending deep and try to score Goals on the break.

Besides the likely signing of Ben Davis, the Reds might also seriously consider signing another Centre Back to bolster their threadbare backline, before the Winter Transfer 2021 Deadline. (Strongly recommended by David Wagner (the best friend of Jürgen Klopp)) Ozan Kabak is the other Defender linked with the transfer to the Reds.

Currently plying his trade for FC Schalke 04, the young Centre Back most likely could join the Reds on a Loan Deal with the option to buy at the end of the Loan. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Reds have to endure financial difficulties and as such, have to work with a limited Transfer Budget.  

So, if the Reds do manage to complete the deals for Ben Davis and Ozan Kabak before the Winter Transfer Window 2021 Deadline; then that would be considered as another brilliant masterstroke from Klopp, Michael Edwards and Fenway Sports Group (FSG).

Regardless whoever joins the Club, it is highly unlikely that they will be part of the Starting XI for the Reds encounter with the visitors Seagulls. 

 

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