Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Brighton vs. Liverpool - Premier League Match Preview

Brighton vs. Liverpool - Premier League Match Preview

Jurgen Klopp's team have come in for criticism after conceding 18 goals in 14 Premier League games in the present campaign and have the worst defensive record amongst the top seven clubs in the division; Liverpool have also let in six goals in five Champions League group matches. "So it's not that we have a big choice to make in defence", Klopp said. That's pretty much all.

"Ragnar Klavan was ill, hopefully he isn't any more especially when you think about Joel Matip's situation".

Klopp has rotated his midfielders and attackers in recent games so we could see the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah all recalled this weekend. Not a long time to recover from different things.

The other absentees are Nathaniel Clyne (back), Adam Bogdan (ACL) and Danny Ward (back), who are all recovering from their respective long-term injuries. "Final decisions will be made after the session at three o'clock [today]".

Neither club have any suspension concerns for this game, but Emre Can is one caution away from a ban for the visitors, with Shane Duffy and Glenn Murray in the same danger for Brighton.

"You have to approach the game with their quality in mind", he added.

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As for Brighton, they hope to have Gaetan Bong back in contention after a minor knee injury but Steve Sidewell remains on the sidelines with a back injury. Up front, Hughton will look towards Anthony Knockaert and Jose Izquierdo to provide the width and stretch a vulnerable Liverpool defence, while Pascal Gross will be the creative workhorse for the hosts. United struggled to break them down last weekend, with a heavily fortunate Lewis Dunk own goal seeing them record a 1-0 win.

Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan turned in an inspired performance in midweek and will be looking to repeat that against an explosive attack on Saturday.

Brighton come off the back of a 0-0 draw with fierce rivals Crystal Palace and will look to build on their decidedly average form as of late, having not taken home three points since their 1-0 away win at Swansea back at the start of November.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Klopp said: 'It looks like Joel Matip is out, after the Stoke game he felt something, we have to make a final assessment before tomorrow.

Kick-off is at 3PM GMT (9AM CST) and the match won't be televised live in the UK.

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