Liverpool turned their fortunes on the road around after putting three beyond Brighton, ending a run of five away games without a goal and moving the Reds to 92 points after 34 games.
It all came to be after an emphatic start on the south coast which saw Naby Keita‘s pressure acts unlock Brighton for both Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson to find the net, with the former adding his second to secure the win in the second half.
The Seagulls proved to be no walkover, however, having pulled one back on the cusp of half-time as they continued to probe throughout.
And Klopp was pleased with how his side found the solutions to unlock Brighton for a “deserved win.”
“Difficult game, good opponent, deserved win, job well done,” Klopp told reporters in his post-match press conference.
“I think we started well and finished well but left the door open during the middle but only because Brighton were really good.
“They played really good football, took some risks in their formation and some of their counter-attacks were frightening and we had to block twice in the box and in the end we concede the goal.
“I said at half time, it’s a good game, both sides, but we have to adjust a few things and make a few things better and they will not score again.”
The sour point of the night, however, was the knee injury to Jordan Henderson who is set for a scan back on Merseyside with Klopp conceding he doesn’t “know how serious it is” but it “will not be nothing” – throwing his participation for the remainder of the season in doubt.
Liverpool must wait to discover the extent of the injury Jordan Henderson sustained during Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
The captain, who had earlier put the Premier League champions 2-0 up with a fine long-range strike, was forced off late on at the Amex Stadium.
Jürgen Klopp said post-match: “I don’t know [how serious it is], I don’t know, honestly. I didn’t see the situation back on the pitch, but I know that it will not be nothing, probably. That’s how it is, but we have to wait. I cannot say more.”
When asked if Henderson is on crutches, the boss replied: “I have had press since the game is over, so I have no idea how he left the dressing room.”
Venue – Amex Stadium, Brighton
Referee – Craig Pawson
Date & Time – Wednesday, July 8th @ 20:15
Current Odds – Brighton 5/1, Draw 10/3, Liverpool 8/15
Liverpool struggled at Everton in their first game back after the COVID-19 season hiatus. Next up, they took Crystal Palace apart at Anfield. 24 hours later it was confirmed that The Mighty Reds were Premier League champions as City fell at Chelsea. Then City hammered Liverpool at the Etihad. The Reds responded by beating Aston Villa at Anfield on Sunday. But they couldn’t take them apart like we hoped they would. Yes, Villa were well set up and deserve plenty of credit for their performance on the day, almost going ahead via some attacking breaks themselves. However, truth be told, no-one could blame Liverpool if they were finally running out of steam in the 2019/20 campaign. They’ve broken records along the way while blowing a phenomenal Manchester City side out of the water in the title race. Anything from here on in is a bonus. Well done, Reds, well done.FORM
Graham Potter’s Brighton currently sit in 15th place. They are very close to guaranteeing their Premier League survival for another year, at least.
The Seagulls have won two, drawn one and lost one of their four games since returning to action in June. The single defeat was in their last home game, losing 3-0 to Manchester United.
Last time out, Brighton won 1-0 away to bottom-of-the-table Norwich City. They beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Amex Stadium just a few weeks ago.
Liverpool got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday at Anfield. Goals from Sadio Mané and Curtis Jones were the difference on the day.
It was an important result for The Reds as they looked to respond after being well beaten at City (4-0) last Thursday night.
Of their last three away games in the Premier League, Liverpool have lost two and drawn one. They’ve lost four of their last five matches away from Anfield in all competitions. They’ll be looking to put that right at Brighton on Wednesday.
If Liverpool can win four of their last five games they’ll set a new Premier League points record of 101.TEAM NEWS
Brighton Team News
Brighton players Steven Alzate and Jose Izquierdo are both out injured.
Graham Potter likes to mix the team’s shape up, depending on who the opposition is. He has used 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 and 4-2-2-2 shapes intermittently this season. It would probably make the most sense for Brighton to go with a 4-2-3-1 formation against Liverpool.
Aaron Connolly is normally the one to come out of the starting lineup when Potter reverts to one man up front. Pascal Groβ will replace Connolly and slot in as the extra midfielder.
Liverpool Team News
Joël Matip will miss Liverpool’s remaining games due to the foot injury he suffered in the 0-0 draw at Goodison Park. Dejan Lovren is also out with a knock. The Croatia international missed out on being a part of the squad to play Villa last Sunday, too.
Jürgen Klopp is likely to rotate the midfielders again with Fabinho having only played 60 minutes against Aston Villa. Also, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum both played just 30 minutes each so will be eager to be back in the starting eleven at Brighton.
Naby Keïta had a good game on Sunday but played 85 minutes so it’s unlikely Klopp will start him again at Brighton.
Roberto Firmino should start on Wednesday night after being left out of the starting lineup against Villa. I think Klopp will continue to play Mohamed Salah as the Egyptian forward continues his quest for his third consecutive Premier League Golden Boot award.
Sadio Mané could make may to give Takumi Minamino some playing time against Brighton. Mané will still most likely come on for a significant period in the second half.
The back four should remain the same. Andy Robertson is not 100% fit at the moment but neither is James Milner so Robertson might get the nod to continue at left-back.PREDICTED LINEUPS
Brighton XI (4-2-3-1) – Ryan; Lamptey, Webster, Dunk, Burn; Pröpper, Bissouma; Groβ, Trossard, Mooy; Maupay
Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keïta; Salah, Firmino, ManéWHEN THEY LAST MET
Liverpool won 2-1 when the sides met at Anfield in November. On a day when Alisson was red-carded for a handball outside the box and Virgil van Dijk scored both goals for The Reds. Lewis Dunk scored from the free-kick resulting from Alisson’s handball but Brighton were not able to make the extra man pay in the last ten minutes to grab a late equaliser.PREDICTION
BRIGHTON 1 – 2 LIVERPOOL
Brighton are close to securing their Premier League status for another season. Seven points from their remaining five games will guarantee it, however, they realistically probably need just three more. Liverpool are still in pursuit of Manchester City’s 100-points record total from two seasons ago so will have plenty to motivate them. The Reds remained patient against Villa on Sunday and got their reward in the end. Brighton may have to come at Liverpool a bit more than Villa did, seeing as they are the home team. Therefore, there *should* be more goalmouth action to look forward to in this game.
Lallana signed a short-term extension to his contract with the Reds to ensure he remains at Anfield for the remainder of the current campaign, but after that will depart.
Leaving at the end of July, Lallana is then expected to join Leicester on a free transfer, reuniting with the manager who brought him to Liverpool back in 2014, Brendan Rodgers.
Both parties agreed when the 32-year-old put pen to paper last month that he would not block the pathway for those with long-term futures with the Reds, and Curtis Jones has since scored his first Premier League goal for the club.
This will remain the approach taken in the remaining five games, with Klopp telling reporters ahead of the clash with Brighton that Lallana is now only a break-glass option.
“It’s clear that Adam will leave the club in the summer, and for now, if you ask me about it, I already miss everything about him, and he’s still here,” he said.
“He’s an outstanding player, he’s one of the most influential players on a training quality that I ever had in my life, he’s an incredible professional.
“But now we have a difficult situation, and we respect that a lot. Everything with Adam is sorted, let me say it like this.
“He’s top fit, he’s in training, everything is fine, but yes, the future is his future.
“And if we need his help on the pitch, we can get it, he’s there and trains 100 percent, but as long as we don’t need it, he will just train.
“That’s the normal thing. I think there were a lot of discussions about players with ending contracts, here it was not even a discussion, it was clear we would extend Adam’s contract and he wanted to do that as well.
“But we will not put any risk on his future or whatever, that’s absolutely clear.
“He is one of the most important players of the time since I am here, so I wish him only the best for the future.
“From my point of view, he is already a legend here, so he can now start becoming a legend somewhere else from next season on.”
This week brings their first long-distance trip since the coronavirus pandemic forced a three-month break in the campaign, with Liverpool travelling 215 miles to Brighton.
Klopp and his players have already made the flight down south, with the manager explaining before the Wednesday night kickoff that this was the best way forward amid a “tough” schedule.
“When we heard about the fixtures it was tough. It’s tough for everybody, but if you get your fixtures you don’t look at where the others play and stuff like this,” he said.
“Each day that you have more rest between games makes the main difference.
“Now this is the third game with always three days, three days, three days, so between the games is only two days.
“You know around Boxing Day when we played pretty much every 48 hours after the last game, it makes absolutely no sense and will never make sense.
“I stick to the opinion that that’s a crime. But three days is kind of OK.
“The next game is a problem and the next day after that is a problem, from an intensity point of view. Now [we are] travelling on top of that.
“We didn’t know when we got the fixtures how the country would be in that time, but still we had to plan.
“I think now we’ve found a hotel where we can sleep overnight. We had to make a decision on if we should go on the matchday, but Brighton is not around the corner, especially the airport.
“So we decided to do it like we would in the middle of the season and fly there today, train tomorrow morning and all that stuff.
“It should be OK, but then, of course, coming back in the middle of the night and playing a few hours later again against Burnley.
“So it’s not easier for them or easier for us, it’s just tough for all of us. The logistics are really difficult.
“In and around the stadiums meanwhile, I think is really good, everybody is used to everything we can deal with the situation.
“So far the dressing rooms were brilliant, how all the other teams set it up, so that’s all OK.
“It’s different, and I pretty much can’t wait until it is like it was before, but it’s absolutely OK.”
Jürgen Klopp has offered an update on Adam Lallana's situation - and believes Liverpool will miss his influence when he departs the club at the end of the season.
The midfielder will bring a six-year spell with the Reds to a close when his contract expires upon the conclusion of the campaign.
Lallana recently signed a short-term extension to ensure he could complete the prolonged 2019-20 season with the club and remain an option for Klopp in the final fixtures of the term, though so far has not been named in the matchday squads since the Premier League restart.
“It’s clear that Adam will leave the club in the summer,” the manager told reporters. “For now, I miss already everything about him and in this moment he is still here.
“He is an outstanding player and he is one of the most influential players on the training quality I’ve ever had in my life.
“He is an incredible professional but now as we have the difficult situation and we respect that a lot. Everything with Adam is sorted. He is top fit, he is in training and everything is fine, but, yes, the future is his future and if we need his help on the pitch we can get it.
“He is there and trains 100 per cent but as long as we don’t need it he will just train. And, that’s the normal thing. I think there was a lot of discussions about players with ending contracts but his was not even a discussion: it was clear we would extend Adam’s contract and he wanted to do that as well.
“But, we will not put any risk on his future or whatever, that’s absolutely clear. He is one of the most important players since my time here so I wish him only the best for the future.
“From my point of view, he is already a legend here so he can now be a legend somewhere else from next season on.”
Klopp added: "He’s had very important games for us but what he did on the training ground that was absolutely exceptional. The young players, when they talk about their most important things in the future, what happened in their first two years, they will mention Adam Lallana, 100 per cent.
"Not only him but him as well. Because the way these guys train and the attitude they show in each session, that is an example for all the others."
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Last Updated: 08/07/20 5:58amJoe Gomez discussed Jurgen Klopp's influence, injuries and playing alongside Virgil van Dijk in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports
Joe Gomez has had injury setbacks to overcome during his time at Liverpool, but the centre-back is now a cornerstone of the meanest defence in the country and at 23, already a world, European and Premier League champion.
When Gomez arrived at Liverpool in June 2015, signed as a versatile defender from Charlton, he was joining a club that had finished the previous season sixth, a cavernous 25 points behind champions Chelsea.
The promising Gomez was brought in by manager Brendan Rodgers as part of a £100m summer splurge on Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne, Roberto Firmino, Danny Ings and James Milner (albeit on a free transfer), with the Northern Irishman seeking to return Liverpool to the Champions League.Gomez arrived at Liverpool from Charlton
However, despite starting the first five league games of that season at left-back, Gomez's campaign was brought to a premature end after he ruptured his ACL while on England U21 duty in October 2015.
Gomez does have one good memory of that painful time in his career, however - it was while waiting for the scan on his injured knee that he first learned of Jurgen Klopp's arrival at the club.Initially Gomez was used at left-back by Brendan Rodgers
"I got my scan for my ACL the day he came in," he said when we spoke earlier this week. "Obviously at that point in time as a young player, I remember being on that camp when it got announced that he was going to be our manager and I think I was 18 at the time, you are eager to come back and impress.
"And you are thinking, 'does he know about me? What does he think of me? Am I going to get a chance?' So obviously at that point, I was devastated at the timing being so bad, but straight away he spoke to me."
Talk of Klopp brings an immediate smile to Gomez's face and it soon becomes apparent the affection he has for the larger-than-life German, both as a boss and a friend.It is a nice feeling and probably when you get a hug it means he is in a good mood and we have done well as a team. We do not take them for granted
Joe Gomez on getting a post-match hug from Jurgen Klopp
"He is an unbelievable manager and an unbelievable person as well," he said. "I would say that I have learned just as much from him as a person just in my everyday life and attitude towards life as I have as a footballer and a professional.
"He is just a good person as well off the pitch and I think that translates to all of us and it makes us want to play for him and do our best on the pitch.2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Aston Villa in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Aston Villa in the Premier League
"And the fact that he is human and he does not seem like this distant boss that we cannot speak to and approach - he is an approachable person and a role model for us all."
That serious knee injury has not been the only setback Gomez has had to endure during his time at Anfield, the defender also damaging ankle ligaments in March 2018, before then fracturing his leg nine months later.Gomez has paid tribute to the influence Klopp has had on his career
As a result, shorn of match fitness, the man many consider to be Virgil van Dijk's most suited centre-back partner missed the 2018 Champions League final, while also having to settle for a place on the bench when Liverpool won their sixth European Cup the following year.
"I remember getting the results in the doctor's office (after his ACL)," he said. "And as soon as I got the results he came in and spoke to me and just said, 'I'm here for you and I'll be waiting for you,' that sort of thing.
"Those words stuck with me throughout my whole rehab, which obviously was a tough one. I had my setbacks, but he was always communicating with me.Gomez has endured his fair share of injuries while at Liverpool
"Then coming back - he himself had an ACL injury when he was playing and I think that helped him relate and understand what I was going through.
"And not just once I got back, but just the process and understanding that I myself was still young at the time and that even when I thought I was ready, I was not ready and he knew when I was ready.Did you know?
Prior to Liverpool's 4-0 loss at Man City, the Reds had not lost a Premier League game in which Gomez had started at centre-back
"He was massive for me and since then I have had numerous difficult injuries and he was always understanding and communicating with me.
"Thankfully I have had a longer period now where I have been able to get games under my belt and play consistently and I am thankful that he showed that patience in me, because throughout that time, you never know if you will get a chance again.3:39 Gary Neville says Liverpool's title victory is the result of a combination of brilliant coaching and clever recruitment Gary Neville says Liverpool's title victory is the result of a combination of brilliant coaching and clever recruitment
"And he showed faith in me, so I will forever be in his debt for that."
Not that the Catford-born defender is complaining, especially as there really is 'no I in team' at Liverpool, a collective drive instilled in the players by Klopp and a major factor behind the club's record-breaking campaign.
"It speaks volumes that as a team and a collective on the pitch, there is obviously not enough space for everyone to play and sometimes the starting XI stays consistent," said Gomez.
"But if you went around the dressing room and asked everybody about the manager, we would all speak of him in such high regard.Gomez and Van Dijk have formed a rock-solid partnership at the heart of Liverpool's defence
"As a group, it is a nice environment to be in and a nice group to play for and there are not really any egos in the dressing room. And I think that is a massive component to us being so tight this year."
Huge credit in Liverpool winning their first title in 30 years must go to their parsimonious defence, which has let in just 25 goals, while also keeping 15 clean sheets - both Premier League highs this season - and in particular to the partnership at its centre between Gomez and Van Dijk.Liverpool’s Premier League record since the start of 2018-19 when Gomez and VVD have both started With both Gomez & Van Dijk starting Premier League since Aug 2018 Without both Gomez & Van Dijk starting 29 Games 42 25 Wins 34 3 Draws 6 1 Losses 2 59 Goals for 102 2 Avg. Goals For 2.4 14 Goals against 33 0.5 Avg. Goals Against 0.8 86.2% Win Ratio % 81% 78 Points 108 2.69 Points per game 2.57
The stats show that since the duo first started together against West Ham in August 2018, not only have Liverpool lost less Premier League games on average, but they have also conceded less.
So, what then is the key to their formidable partnership?
"Everyone knows how appreciative I am to be in a team with him, to learn from him and be his partner at times," Gomez explains. "It is massive for me and I am thankful he came to the club.I genuinely go to him for advice. We have a good relationship, I consider him one of my closest friends in the team
Joe Gomez on his relationship with Virgil van Dijk
"He knows I have learned a great deal from him and we are good friends and that is the fundamental, the foundations of things, as well as the fact we get along, helps massively. And just communicating.
"Besides from that, as a unit and as a team, defensively we have grown. We can't take credit for some of those stats entirely, as a team we have definitely become more sound defensively and that is down to the gaffer and the coaching staff.
"But I enjoy massively playing with Virgil and I have learned a great deal from him and I continue to do so on a weekly basis, so I definitely know I'm blessed to be amongst top-quality defenders at the club and not just Virgil - Dejan (Lovren) and Joel (Matip), I've learned bits from each of them and a few of the other centre-backs over the years as well.Brighton vs Liverpool
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"Massively [it helps having an off-pitch friendship] - I genuinely go to him for advice. We have a good relationship, we are close, I consider him one of my closest friends in the team. That helps, of course, but as a team the main thing is we go out as a collective and play for each other, the manager and the club."
Meanwhile, a now injury-free Gomez is on course to play his most amount of games ever in a league season, while his return to the starting line-up last December after injuries to Matip and Lovren saw Liverpool keep clean sheets in 10 of the next 11 games he started as they established an unassailable lead over Man City and won the Club World Cup for the first time.
Come the climax to this never-to-be-forgotten, triumphant campaign, Gomez - now the complete modern defender with his exceptional pace, ability to read the play and bring the ball out from defence - can sit back satisfied with his integral role in Liverpool Football Club finally being back on their perch.A Super 6 for Newcastle?
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Liverpool will need to make fitness checks on James Milner and Dejan Lovren ahead of the trip to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Milner was forced to sit out the victory over Aston Villa on Sunday due to a minor muscle issue the Reds didn't want to risk.
Lovren has been absent from the past two matches with a knock, while Joel Matip is set to miss the remainder of the season with his foot injury.
There was, however, a return for Xherdan Shaqiri on the weekend, with the No.23 part of a matchday squad for the first time since January.
Brighton, meanwhile, will definitely be without Jose Izquierdo, with Steven Alzate also a doubt.
Seagulls manager Graham Potter told the media on Monday: “The only player not available on Wednesday will be Jose Izquierdo. He’s still some way away, he’ll be more for further in the future.
“We’re monitoring him [Alzate] daily, we’ll have to make some decisions over him in the next few days. He looked like he was struggling slightly in training on Monday, so we’ll have to see.”
Norwich City 0-1 Brighton (July 4): Ryan, Lamptey, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Propper, Bissouma, Mooy, Trossard, Maupay, Connolly.
Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa (July 5): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Mane, Salah, Origi.