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Brighton V Liverpool Match Preview, Predicted XI And Betting Odds

Liverpool will want to ensure they get back to winning ways quickly after the Reds suffered their second successive defeat against Wolves on Monday.

Manager Jurgen Klopp fielded a much-changed team for the FA Cup tie, but with Dejan Lovren having been injured within minutes of the game starting at Molineux, the Merseysiders are faced with a selection crisis in central defence.

Lovren is not expected to be back fit to face Brighton on Saturday, leaving Liverpool with just one fit centre-back in Virgil van Dijk.

Joel Matip remains out of contention with a broken collarbone, but Klopp believes there is a chance he could be back to face Crystal Palace next week:

“There are still a few days to go until Joel is ready for contact, which for a centre-half is pretty important. Until then we will make all the fitness work.”

The Cameroon international is said to be ahead of Joe Gomez in the race to get fit. The England star is out with a fractured leg and is expected to return to training later this month.

Adam Lallana (muscular) and Jordan Henderson (knock) should be back in contention after minor injuries. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (knee) and Rhian Brewster (knee) are still on the treatment table.

Brighton have far fewer injury concerns. Left-back Bernardo is a major doubt due to a tight hamstring while winger Jose Izquierdo is still building up his fitness following a knee injury.

The bookies make Liverpool red-hot favourites to come away from the Amex with three points. They are 10/29 odds-on at Unibet with a draw 24/5 at William Hill. A Brighton win is 10/1 at 188BET.

Liverpool’s Predicted XI To Face Brighton:

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane

Brighton’s Predicted XI:

Button, Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bong, Locadia, Propper, Stephens, March, Gross, Murray

Predicted Score – 2-1 to Liverpool