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Liverpool vs Brighton LIVE! Premier League match stream, latest team news, lineups, TV, prediction today


Premier League actions finally returns at Anfield this afternoon as Liverpool play their first top-flight fixture for almost a month. 28 days have passed since the Reds engaged in a thrilling goalless derby draw with Merseyside rivals Everton, with the death of Queen Elizabeth II leading to the postponement of matches against Wolves and Chelsea.

An international break quickly followed meaning Liverpool’s only other September competition came in the Champions League, where they finally got lift off against Ajax after being thumped in Naples. Jurgen Klopp’s men must now kick on at home after a poor start to the campaign that sees enter the weekend sitting eighth in the table and nine points off the title pace.

They go up against a Brighton team still hurting by the loss of manager Graham Potter to Chelsea, with new boss Roberto De Zerbi hoping to quickly restore the feel-good factor in his first match in charge of the Seagulls, who sit fourth. Follow Liverpool vs Brighton LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below!

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Diaz, Nunez and Jota on Liverpool bench

So Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota are all on a strong bench for Liverpool this afternoon, with Fabio Carvalho getting the nod alongside Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino in attack.

Fit-again skipper Jordan Henderson takes Harvey Elliott’s place in midfield, with Thiago Alcantara in Premier League action for the first time since the opening day of the season.

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liverpool team

Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Carvalho

Subs: Gomez, Milner, Adrian, Elliott, Jota, Diaz, Nunez, Arthur, Phillips

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Team news coming up…

All the team news from Anfield coming up in the next five minutes or so.

Decisions for Klopp to make in forward areas, with a couple of late arrivals back from international duty. Diaz in particular has had minimal time back with his club.

Nunez, Firmino, Jota, Salah, Diaz… no shortage of options!

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how it stands

Reminder that Brighton are in the top four after their impressive start to the season – whether they can maintain that after Graham Potter’s departure remains to be seen.

As for Liverpool, they’re down in eighth having dropped points in four of their six league matches up to this point.

One of those wins came in the very last seconds against Newcastle, the other a 9-0 battering of Bournemouth. Something more like the latter would do nicely for Jurgen Klopp!

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Baptism of fire for the new boss…

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Klopp urges Liverpool to embrace ‘relentless’ schedule

Hectic period coming up for Liverpool between now and the World Cup in November.

After a poor first two months of the season, the Reds have to quickly click into gear and get back to their usual standards.

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“No-one here is hiding from the fact we have had a far from ideal start to the campaign,” Klopp has written in his program notes. “But at the same time, we all see the opportunity that is right in front of us.

“Between now and the break for the World Cup we are ‘game, game, game, game’. It is persistent. It is relentless. But that’s been our life at LFC for as long as I can remember.

“We have to embrace this challenge. See it as pressure of opportunity.”

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Klopp: Alexander-Arnold an easy pick

Jurgen Klopp has insisted he would want to sign Trent Alexander-Arnold if he was manager at any other club in the world, as he defended the right-back following his England snub.

Alexander-Arnold did not feature in England’s Nations League clash against Italy and was then dropped from the squad completely for the following match against Germany, the Three Lions’ last game before the World Cup.

“We are fine here because it’s completely different because I see him differently, it’s obvious,” Klopp said.

“There are stories out there all the time that talk about him and say he’s not a good defender, but that’s not true.

“He is a good defender. He doesn’t always defend good, that is true as well, but that is what we’re working on. He is a young player, he is 23. My point of view, he it’s an easy pick.

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prediction

It’s tough to know what to expect from Brighton, as they begin life under De Zerbi with a tough away day.

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Liverpool will be hoping the international break brought a change in fortunes, putting a really poor start to the season behind them. With midfield options now returning and that opportunity to reset, Klopp’s side should now kick into gear against a Brighton side getting used to a new manager.

Liverpool to win, 2-1.


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