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Match report: Liverpool U23s beaten by Manchester City

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 15:55
Liverpool U23s endured a difficult afternoon as they were beaten 7-2 by Manchester City in Premier League 2 on Saturday.
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What Jurgen Klopp said after Liverpool setback

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 15:29

Des Kelly: "A painful setback. We're talking about VAR again. Was it right? Was it correct?"

Jurgen Klopp: "I didn't see but our analysts said yeah it was really close with Mo. I think it was the foot, but we are used to it with armpits and club badges so if we are told then obviously it is offside. The other one with Sadio was clear I heard, so yeah. The penalty, it is how it is, I think the decisions were right, yes."

DK: "You thought the decisions were right, well Jordan Henderson just said some of the Brighton players agreed that it wasn't a penalty…"

JK: "Yeah, but the ref, look… that is how it is. If I said now it was not, 'but ask…', the ref whistled...today I say it was not a penalty but you are not happy with that answer. What do you want to hear? Give the answers yourself."

DK: "I was just telling you what your players said…"

JK: "Yeah, the players were close but I said it was a penalty because the referee whistled it after watching it."

DK: "So you agree with that decision. In terms of the performance today...?"

JK: "Very good, very good. I could not be more proud of the boys what they put out here today. What we said before the game, what a possession team Brighton is, I could see the boys played like how they had to play. The first half an hour we struggled a little bit with the last line with their balls in behind because we didn't drop in the right moment. We got that sorted in the first half already. Second half we had no problems with that any more but we had problems with energy and we had to sit back a bit deeper and that's how the situation happened. But the situation around the goals we scored were brilliant. Even if they were disallowed, the situations were brilliant. Mo's goal was a brilliant goal, Sadio's header was outstanding. Some other situations, the goal we scored was really cool so it was all good. But it is just tough times, that is how it is."

DK: "You warned us about Connolly before the game, you said he would cause some problems. He was getting in behind through the lines…"

JK: "Only two opportunities to defend that, you have to avoid the pass or you have to drop in the right moment because he is running through the gaps so it is quite difficult. We spoke before the game, the last line is not settled together but that is normal so sometimes you have to learn in the game. The boys did that, that was really good. Nat Phillips played an exceptional game honestly, so that is all good. In football you always need a little bit of luck to win a tough away game but today we didn't have luck so we had a draw."

DK: "Jota's scoring run keeps going, he's slotted in so brilliantly..."

JK: "It was just a good goal. I thought the front three played really, really good together. That worked out really good."

DK: "Mo Salah didn't look too happy to be coming off early, I assume you are planning ahead for that. What's the information with James Milner?"

JK: "On a day when Mo Salah is smiling when he leaves the pitch then I know something is really wrong. So I get it 100 per cent. The problem is that he had Covid, was out for 10-12 days, played 60 minutes, three days later plays again so we just have to be careful, he doesn't like that I know it, but that's it."

DK: "James Milner, hamstring is it?"

JK: "Yeah, congratulations."

DK: "What, me personally?"

JK: "Oh no, but you work for them. Yeah. Hamstring. Surprise. And they had injuries as well. Because it's a tough time. But ask [Sheffield United manager] Chris Wilder how we can avoid that."

DK: "Maybe you're firing at the wrong target."

JK: "Sorry?"

DK: "Maybe you are firing at the wrong target. We are broadcasters, we work within the Premier League rules, and the Premier League makes the rules, that's the Premier League clubs. So shouldn't you be talking to… Premier League clubs, shouldn't you be talking to chief executives…"

BRIGHTON 1-1 LIVERPOOL 3:12 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Brighton's draw against Liverpool in the Premier League

JK: "I don't know how often I have to say it, you picked the 12.30 kick-off. You. Not you personally but you did it, didn't you? Us on 12.30. So between now and December and the New Year, there's one more Wednesday and then [inaudible] days later."

DK: "But when you say, you picked the 12.30, Premier League clubs chose that slot. There's a reason that slot is there, it's because it's valuable to the Premier League."

JK: "I've said it now a couple of times these are difficult moments, these are difficult times…"

DK: "I know they're difficult times. The stadium is empty, of course it's difficult times, and the broadcasters have supported the game."

JK: "Yeah, but if we play at 3pm or 5.30pm, it's exactly the same, it's Saturday."

DK: "But that has different ramifications. You should be going to… your chief executive should be with the other chief executives having that discussion. If you come down here and just have a go at the broadcasters, it doesn't go anywhere, it's not going to change anything."

JK: "I'm not having a go at the broadcasters, I just say how it is."

DK: "You said it was criminal."

JK: "After Wednesday, Saturday 12.30 is really, really dangerous for the players."

DK: "You also said the broadcasters don't care, and that's the problem. It isn't the problem - the problem is…"

JK: "Why did you pick us against Crystal Palace, if you care?"

DK: "I didn't pick it but every pick is agreed by the Premier League, every executive around that table."

JK: "Because it's such a special season you obviously rely on things we agreed in another time."

DK: "No, no, no…"

JK: "Yes, you did."

DK: "No, look. If it was all about player welfare, why did the Premier League clubs block the five substitutes?"

JK: "Oh because… that's very interesting now. When we had the talk between the managers, a week ago, I think, it was 55 if not 60 [per cent] for five subs. Since then nothing happened. Because you need at least 14 votes, but Chris Wilder or whoever says constantly that I'm selfish. I think all the things he said show he's selfish but it's now not too important. And I was in a similar situation as he was when I was at Mainz and it was all about staying in the league. But they [Sheffield United] have now three subs and one point, if I'm right. So there's no advantage or disadvantage."

"So if you can't do five subs in a game like this… it's not for tactical reasons… for example, today, five subs, I take off Robbo [Andy Robertson]. 100 per cent. And bring Kostas Tsimikas on, to save Robbo. Not to make our game better or whatever, just to save him. That's the situation. It's not about we changed tactics and the system and stuff like this, and bring on five players at one time and all these kind of things. It's not like this, it's just to save the players. Yes of course I save my players but it's about all… it's not only my players that have a problem. Here you will see, from now on until December you will see it and we will see what happens."

DK: "We agree with you and I can understand what you're saying but you're actually going about it in a strange way. You're attacking the broadcaster instead of getting the support you need in the Premier League meeting."

JK: "So what I want to say is, I only go for broadcasters with a Wednesday and 12.30. Only seven managers have a similar problem, and they all agree. Jose says now I should stop doing it and actually I wanted to stop doing it because it doesn't help. The problem is we have a contract, signed a contract, yes our CEOs, whatever, the shareholders did that, that's true. And it's not a problem. In all seasons it's a problem but in this season it's a bigger problem. It's a bigger problem. Because of no pre-season, because of the intensity and all of this kind of stuff, because of the shorter season, and when we have that slot I say it's not OK. Have a look how many - now, I'm not selfish but I speak about Liverpool - until, when this year's over, in that part of the season we had this slot three times. I spoke a lot about it but we had three. Look who else had it three times - nobody. So of course it's a problem for me, it's a problem for me to pick a team. That's my problem."

DK: "The problem is you can't change it, you have to change it via the boardroom that we're talking about. Look, we could probably go on forever. Thanks Jurgen."

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Klopp: Milner has a hamstring problem

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 15:15

James Milner suffered a hamstring problem during Liverpool's draw at Brighton on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.

It means the versatile 34-year-old could be set for a long spell on the sidelines after starting his third game in six days, joining a lengthy and growing injury list for the Premier League champions.

Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (all knee), Trent Alexander-Arnold (calf), Naby Keita (hamstring) and Xherdan Shaqiri (muscle) are all currently ruled out, and Klopp confirmed Thiago and Oxlade-Chamberlain are unlikely to be back for games against Ajax and Wolves this week.

Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has only just returned after a thigh injury sustained on international duty with England, coming off the bench in the 1-1 draw at the Amex.

Mohamed Salah was back in the side for the second successive game after recovering from a positive coronavirus test, while Sadio Mane played less than 30 minutes of normal time after coming on from the bench.

Last-gasp VAR penalty denies Liverpool win BRIGHTON 1-1 LIVERPOOL 3:12 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Brighton's draw against Liverpool

Pascal Gross' controversial injury-time penalty, awarded after a VAR intervention, gave Brighton a 1-1 draw against champions Liverpool.

With the game at 1-0 heading into stoppage time, Andrew Robertson was adjudged to have kicked the foot of Danny Welbeck in the box, and after going over to the pitchside monitor, Stuart Attwell awarded the spot-kick, despatched down the middle by Gross.

Brighton had already missed a first-half penalty - Neal Maupay struck a penalty wide after Neco Williams had brought down Aaron Connolly (20) - before Diogo Jota looked to have given Liverpool the victory, dancing past two challenges before finding the bottom corner (60), his eighth strike in eight Liverpool games.

The result means Liverpool return to the top of the Premier League for 24 hours at least, one point ahead of Tottenham and three ahead of Chelsea as they face off on Super Sunday. Brighton sit 16th with 10 points from 10 games.

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“Game has completely gone,” “Jota is taking over the world” – Fans react to Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 14:45

Liverpool were made to settle for a 1-1 draw in a dramatic clash at Brighton, leaving fans with mixed feelings.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

Premier League (10), Amex Stadium
November 28, 2020

Goals: Gross pen 90+3′ ; Jota 60′

The Reds were on the road for their 10th league game of the season aiming to keep their place at the top of the table but were left to settle for a point.

It was a somewhat eventful opening half as Neal Muapay missed from the penalty spot before Mohamed Salah’s goal was ruled out for offside by the smallest of margins, with the hosts bamboozling a disjoined Reds outfit.

Jordan Henderson’s introduction at half-time added more balance and poise to Liverpool’s play and Diogo Jota came up trumps with a run across the box where he cut it back across the goalkeeper to put his side into the lead.

And just when it looked like Liverpool would take all three points back to Merseyside, a stoppage-time penalty was converted by Pascal Gross after the VAR pitchside monitor was consulted.

Here’s how supporters reacted to the result on Twitter, Facebook and This Is Anfield’s forum.

Jota received widespread praise for what had looked to be the winner…

The way Jota wriggles through the box there is so Suarez-esque.

— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) November 28, 2020

Really good Salah assist for that brilliant Jota goal. Robertson fired it in at him but Salah's touch was perfect for Jota. #BHALIV

— James Nalton (@JDNalton) November 28, 2020

What a signing Diogo Jota has been. What a good run: pace, touch, dummies, finish. Knew exactly what he was doing, exactly where the Brighton defenders were and exactly where to place his shot. Looks completely at home with the champions. #lfc #BHALIV

— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) November 28, 2020

Jota embarrassed them there. Class act.

— Rory Greenfield (@RoryGreenfield) November 28, 2020

“You know it’s a goal when Jota has the ball in and around the box. What a player!”

Colossal_centre_back on the forums.

Diogo Jota is taking over the world

— The Jets Fanatic (@DAitken90) November 28, 2020

It's him. Again.

Diogo Jota.

The desire to be the difference and the confidence that he'll do it.

— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) November 28, 2020

But there were strong feelings to the penalty awarded to Brighton at the death…

I’m honestly speechless at what football has become.

— Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) November 28, 2020

Absolute joke. #BHALIV

— Danny Gallagher (@Danny7Gallagher) November 28, 2020

That is a stunning decision.

— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) November 28, 2020

That is absolutely ridiculous. Nobody even appealed. Game has completely gone

— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) November 28, 2020

That's a penalty. A sickener, but it's the right call.

— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) November 28, 2020

If VAR was brought in to give Liverpool the title then it’s doing a terrible job of it this season!

— David Lynch (@dmlynch) November 28, 2020

#VAR is not the problem there, it's Kevin Friend and Stuart Attwell's decision making. As simple as that.

— Matt Addison (@MattAddison97) November 28, 2020

Is there even one time in the history of football where any referee gives that Brighton penalty in real time?

Nope. Not even once.

That shows the idiocy of VAR…and even Danny Wellbeck conceded that afterwards…#BHALIV #LIV

— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) November 28, 2020

And while the decisions were not the primary focus for some, the loss of in the moment reactions was…

Once it goes VAR, I know we’re not getting it. #LFC

— Graeme Kelly (@GraemeKelly1) November 28, 2020

Think we should bin VAR to honor Maradona’s memory tbh. Seems like a feel-good project that could bring us all together. Let’s bring back chaos.

— Mari Lewis (@MariCLewis) November 28, 2020

All three VAR decisions correct at the AMEX in my opinion, but that game shows how difficult it can be to enjoy football this season.

No fans, so many stoppages and so many injuries. Boring!

— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) November 28, 2020

I don’t celebrate goals anymore. Rubbish. Absolutely rubbish.

— Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) November 28, 2020

? we've got the most negative VAR over rules in the league ?

— Dan Kennett (@DanKennett) November 28, 2020

My long term concern with VAR is this: risks fans, when they are present, not celebrating legitimate goals (as much, or at all) and therefore transforms the mood of the entire game and the sport. In my view, not worth it.

— Simon Hughes (@Simon_Hughes__) November 28, 2020

Can’t be arsed with it now till all fans are back. Full day out. Don’t enjoy this footie at all. At least if you get these terrible decisions, you’ve had a boss day out. This is just wank.

— Graeme Kelly (@GraemeKelly1) November 28, 2020

There was another clear negative as Milner was the next to succumb to injury…

Liverpool lose another player to a soft-tissue injury. My thoughts with @TheDesKelly ahead of his post-match interview with Jurgen Klopp later.

— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) November 28, 2020

Now its Milner injured… it never ends #LFC

— Jack Williams (@JLWi11iams) November 28, 2020

“Oh another hamstring, this league and this stupid three sub rule is a joke really. Players drop like flies.”

-Livvy on the forums.

Sticking to three subs per game in the Premier League given the circumstances was such an inspired idea.

— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) November 28, 2020

Milner also down for Liverpool. Lots of injuries in this game. It’s almost as if the intense season is having an effect on players and their fitness. Not just liverpool. All sides.

— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) November 28, 2020

Milner has played more mins in the last 7 days than in the previous 7 weeks#Twang

— SimonBrundish (@SimonBrundish) November 28, 2020

I think if Carol and Caroline get injured, that will be the last straw for Klopp.

— Emma Sanders (@em_sandy) November 28, 2020

 

Overall, it left a bitter taste in the mouth and mixed feelings at the end of 90 minutes…

Football is in a complete state of disarray. Player welfare is being neglected week-in, week-out, and now nothing can be done inside the area. A weekly embarrassment. Liverpool deserving of three points today, in what would have been a huge win. #LFCdigest

— Danny Gallagher (@Danny7Gallagher) November 28, 2020

Nat Phillips is a battering ram. Would've defo played as an emergency striker for Liverpool during Klopp's first season here.

— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) November 28, 2020

Anyway, another solid game for Phillips.

— Paul Grech (@paul_grech) November 28, 2020

“Crazy match. Connelly misses a sitter, Maupay a pen. We were pretty vulnerable at the back for the first 90’. Lucky to go 0-1 up. Maybe a draw is the fair result.

Hate to see all the injuries piling up. Nathaniel Phillips is certainly a bright spot. Hope he can stay healthy.” – El_Dorado on the forums.

I’m most sure there is anything Wijnaldum can’t do on a football pitch

— SimonBrundish (@SimonBrundish) November 28, 2020

Full-time thoughts:

• Not our day
• Two points dropped
• It was soft but it is a penalty
• Two goals ruled out for tight offsides – just wasn’t our day
• Curtis Jones at RB ??
• Do we even have a squad left?

Ajax in midweek next. The games don’t stop.

— Jack Gill (@jacklfcgill) November 28, 2020

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Match report: Reds held by Brighton after dramatic clash at the Amex

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 14:43
Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion after a stoppage-time penalty for the hosts on Saturday afternoon.
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Match report: Reds held by Brighton after dramatic clash at the Amex

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 14:43

Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion after a stoppage-time penalty for the hosts on Saturday afternoon.

Diogo Jota’s outstanding second-half goal looked to have secured three points for the Reds at the Amex Stadium but Pascal Gross converted from 12 yards in the 93rd minute when Andy Robertson was judged to have fouled Danny Welbeck.

An eventful encounter had earlier seen Neal Maupay miss a penalty midway through the first half, while both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane had efforts disallowed.

The result did move Jürgen Klopp’s side to the top of the Premier League table, a point clear of Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.

Team news

With kick-off on the south coast coming little more than 60 hours after the midweek Champions League clash with Atalanta BC finished, Klopp again shuffled his options.

There were six changes in total, including starts for Takumi Minamino and Nathaniel Phillips, plus the return from injury of Jordan Henderson on the bench.

First half

Liverpool produced two promising opportunities before the game was three minutes old.

A clever flicked pass inside the Brighton defence by Roberto Firmino released Jota in the left channel but the forward’s attempted pass across the box to Salah was snuffed out.

Then, Fabinho’s pinpoint clipped pass from deep chimed with Salah’s run off the shoulder of his marker and freed the Egyptian in behind. Salah took one touch to set himself at the edge of the box and slashed a shot that flew off target.

That bright beginning gave way to an extended period of pressure from the home side, though, and the Reds were saved only by Brighton squandering two glorious chances to open the scoring.

First, Maupay swept a ball in between Liverpool’s centre-halves for Aaron Connolly, who was one-on-one with Alisson Becker as he shaped his body for a right-footed curler around the goalkeeper.

But the finish landed wide of the right post – and there would be a carbon copy when the Seagulls were awarded a penalty on 19 minutes.

Connolly’s surge into the Liverpool box was illegally halted by a Neco Williams challenge and the referee pointed to the spot. But Maupay side-footed his kick outside the same frame of the goal as Alisson moved in the other direction.

Klopp’s men had the ball in the net with 34 on the clock.

Firmino superbly brought down a long knock out and lobbed a pass through the centre for Salah. The No.11 bounded towards goal and pushed a strike into the ground and over Mat Ryan. A VAR review ruled he was offside in the build-up, however.

Second half

The Reds made a change at the outset of the second half as Henderson replaced Williams and James Milner switched from midfield to right-back.

And they started to enjoy greater possession, though were warned again by Brighton when Welbeck broke clear of Fabinho, stepped inside Henderson and drove in a low shot that required Alisson to handle.

But Liverpool found the breakthrough a minute before the hour mark.

It was a sensational exhibition of skill from Jota, too. After Robertson kept a move alive on the left and Salah nudged the ball to his fellow forward, Jota deftly slalomed into the opposition box and dragged a precise finish back inside the left post.

Klopp introduced Mane from the bench and was then forced into a final substitution when Milner went down with an injury. On came Curtis Jones as the side’s third right-back of the day.

Back came Brighton and Solly March’s dangerous cross towards two waiting teammates was, perhaps with a touch of fortune, diverted over the bar by Robertson.

The Reds then had a second effort chalked off following a VAR check, with Mane clearly offside as he headed home Robertson’s free-kick seven minutes from the end.

And, halfway through stoppage time, a VAR review of Robertson’s challenge on Welbeck confirmed a second penalty for the Seagulls, which Gross guided beyond Alisson.

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Brighton 1-1 Liverpool: Player Ratings

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 14:41

Liverpool conceded a stoppage-time penalty to draw 1-1 at Brighton on Saturday lunchtime, as VAR once again made the headlines.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

Premier League (10), Amex Stadium
November 28, 2020

Goals: Jota 60′; Gross pen 90′

Alisson (out of 10) – 7

The Brazilian was a reliable presence, as ever.

He was quick to race off his line a number of times, bailing out the defence, and he did everything else in solid fashion.

Such a safe pair of hands.

Neco Williams – 5

Williams was in at right-back, with James Milner needed in midfield.

The Welshman, though, was well off the quality required and was subbed at half-time for the second season running at Brighton.

He was let off the hook when Neal Maupay missed the penalty he recklessly conceded, and too often punted the ball aimlessly and long.

Nathaniel Phillips – 6

Phillips started in place of the absent Joel Matip, and like Williams, this was a major assessment of his credentials.

He looked out of his depth in the opening 45 minutes, showing shaky positional sense and a lack of pace, playing a huge role in Liverpool’s struggles.

Aerially he was fine, though, and he was much improved after the break, which he deserves enormous credit for.

 Liverpool's Diogo Jota (L) celebrates with team-mates James Milner (C) and Takumi Minamino (R) after scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

Fabinho – 6

Fabinho carried on in the centre-back role he is expected to play in for much of this season.

He struggled in Liverpool’s high-line, failing to spark a relationship with Phillips, but did make a couple of well-timed tackles.

Would have conceded a penalty for handball, but fortunately the offside flag had been raised.

Andy Robertson – 7

After a mini-rest in midweek, Robertson returned to Liverpool’s starting lineup in place of Kostas Tsimikas.

The Scot was one of his side’s better players, using the ball well and defended solidly while others around him floundered.

Gave away the penalty though – whether or not it was the right call is subjective.

Gini Wijnaldum – 6

Taking up the No.6 role he has shone in lately, Wijnaldum was neat and tidy, but arguably never stamped his true authority on proceedings.

He didn’t offer the defence enough protection for large chunks, especially given its inexperience, and he lacked any kind of creativity in the final third.

Grew in stature late on, in fairness.

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum (left) and Brighton and Hove Albion's Danny Welbeck battle for the ball (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire/PA Images)

James Milner – 6

The Reds’ vice-captain made his third start in a week and he was another who didn’t find his top-level against the Seagulls.

It should hardly be a surprise that the 34-year-old wasn’t able to produce his best, nor that he succumbed to a muscle injury, pulling his hamstring in the second half

Takumi Minamino – 4

Minamino had a rare chance to impress but he didn’t take it at all, producing a woeful showing.

The match seemed to completely pass the Japanese by, with possession lost too often and seemingly a lack of tactical nous.

We might not see him again for a bit.

Mohamed Salah – 6

Salah took up his usual right-sided role, but he was relatively quiet by his world-class standards.

Liverpool’s No.11 had a goal ruled out that he took superbly, but he was ineffective on the whole and looked fuming to be replaced.

Will play better this season.

 Liverpool's Diogo Jota celebrates after scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

Diogo Jota – 7 (Man of the Match)

Jota has been the Reds’ man of the moment recently and that proved to be the case yet again.

He was guilty of being bundled off the ball too many times in the first half, but he then delivered the opening goal.

The Portuguese took his effort brilliantly, dummying the defender and finishing well. What a signing.

Roberto Firmino – 5

Firmino was back to a muted performance barring one moment of sheer brilliance.

He was robbed of a world-class assist after Salah’s goal was disallowed, but such moments were few and far between.

Still a shadow of his former self, which has to change.

Substitutes

Jordan Henderson (on for Williams, 46′) – 7

The skipper made a difference, dictating the play in midfield and bring leadership that was lacking before his arrival.

Sadio Mane (on for Salah, 64′) – 6

Had a header ruled out for offside, but was otherwise quiet.

Curtis Jones (on for Milner, 74′) – 6

Used at right-back, the youngster was reliable enough.

Subs not used: Adrian, R. Williams, Tsimikas, Origi

Manager

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp reacts during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp – 7

Klopp rang the changes again, with his decision to leave out Matip arguably a risk – but arguably it would have been more of a risk to play the injury-prone centre-back three times in a week.

Liverpool’s performance was never good at any point, which the boss has to take some of the blame for, and his decision to play Williams at right-back didn’t work – but again he was limited as Milner was required in midfield.

This is a gruelling run of fixtures and it might not be a terrible point come the end of the season.

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Last-gasp VAR penalty denies Liverpool win

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 14:30

Pascal Gross' controversial injury-time penalty, awarded after a VAR intervention, gave Brighton a 1-1 draw against champions Liverpool.

With the game at 1-0 heading into stoppage time, Andrew Robertson was adjudged to have kicked the foot of Danny Welbeck in the box, and after going over to the pitchside monitor, referee Stuart Attwell awarded the spot-kick, despatched down the middle by Gross.

Brighton had already missed a first-half penalty - Neal Maupay struck a penalty wide after Neco Williams had brought down Aaron Connolly (20) - before Diogo Jota looked to have given Liverpool the victory, dancing past two challenges before finding the bottom corner (60), his eighth strike in eight Liverpool games.

The result means Liverpool return to the top of the Premier League for 24 hours at least, one point ahead of Tottenham and three ahead of Chelsea who face off on Super Sunday. Brighton sit 16th with 10 points from 10 games.

Player ratings

Brighton: Ryan (6), Veltman (5), White (6), Dunk 6), Webster (6), Gross (6), Bissouma (6), March (6), Connolly (6), Welbeck (6), Maupay (5)

Subs: Trossard (6), Lallana (NA), Jahanbakhsh (5)

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Neco Williams (5), Fabinho (5), Phillips (6), Robertson (6), Milner (6), Wijnaldum (6), Minamino (5), Jota (7), Salah (6), Firmino (6)

Subs: Henderson (7), Mane (5), Jones (NA)

Man of the match: Diogo Jota

How Brighton grabbed point in eventful clash

Liverpool started with energy, but Brighton's game plan soon came into action as a simple long ball over the box caught out the Reds' high defensive line. Maupay's through ball found Connolly through on goal, but despite having time to compose himself, he poked wide of Alisson's left-hand post.

Jurgen Klopp's unfamiliar starting XI included right-back Williams, starting his first Premier League game of the season, and the youngster was at fault as Brighton were then awarded a spot-kick.

Initially losing out in a duel with Yves Bissouma, Williams was then drawn into fouling Connolly on the left of the box, with Attwell pointing to the spot. His blushes were spared, however, as Maupay struck wide from 12 yards, and to make things worse, was then subbed off with a hamstring injury.

Neal Maupay misses his first-half penalty Image: Neal Maupay misses his first-half penalty

Liverpool showed how they can punish teams in an instant as Roberto Firmino's wonderful touch and volleyed ball over the top for Mohamed Salah found the Egyptian through on goal, and he did the rest by pushing the ball past the onrushing Mat Ryan. However, VAR found that Salah's foot was inches ahead of Brighton defender Ben White's.

Jordan Henderson was introduced for Williams in the second half as Liverpool started to click, and they got their opener 15 minutes after the restart. Robertson found space on the left to fizz a ball square into Salah, who touched it off for Jota, and the forward brilliantly skipped two challenges on the edge, waiting for his opportunity to stick the ball in the bottom left corner.

Diogo Jota celebrates his goal with Liverpool team-mates Image: Diogo Jota celebrates his goal with Liverpool team-mates

For all the talk of clubs wanting a return of five substitutions, two early second-half changes were met with frustration - Brighton's Connolly and Liverpool's Salah looked irate at coming off - but subsequent injuries to Adam Lallana and then James Milner went some way to strengthening calls.

Brighton began to commit and nearly levelled as Solly March's dangerous cross was nearly turned into his own net by Robertson, but after Sadio Mane's headed goal was ruled out by VAR for offside, Robertson was in the spotlight in stoppage time as Brighton got their goal.

  Pascal Gross' late penalty earned Brighton a point against Liverpool Image: Pascal Gross' late penalty earned Brighton a point against Liverpool

A seemingly innocuous kick from the Scot on Welbeck in the penalty area initially went unnoticed, but as VAR intervened, Attwell reversed his decision at the pitchside monitor, much to the annoyance of Robertson and Klopp.

Team news

It was intriguing Liverpool line-up as Sadio Mane dropped to the bench, Mohamed Salah returned into the front three, while centre-back Joel Matip was out.

It was four changes from the 3-0 win over Leicester as Neco Williams came in at right-back with James Milner moved into midfield. Nat Phillips came in at centre-back alongside Fabinho, and in midfield Takumi Minamino played instead of the injured Naby Keita.

It was changes for Brighton as Joel Veltman replaced the suspended Tariq Lamptey, while Aaron Connolly came in for former Liverpool man Adam Lallana, who only made the bench.

It was another debatable decision, bringing the 'clear and obvious error' rule into question again, but Gross succeeded where Maupay had failed, smashing down the middle for 1-1.

What the managers said

Brighton boss Graham Potter: "It wasn't the most stonewall penalty I've seen, I will say, but sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't. It's a beautiful part of football and we'll always be debating referee and linesman decisions, and you need the margins to go your way in the Premier League.

Andrew Robertson berates the officials after he gave away a last-gasp penalty 0:32 Graham Potter conceded Brighton's second penalty 'wasn't the most stonewall' but praised his players' performance level against Liverpool

"They clearly went our way today, but I thought our performance level was really good, and we deserved something from the game in terms of how we played."

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "My analyst told me Mo was offside, very close, small margin, his toe or whatever. Mane was offside with his upper body, I didn't see it, but sounds like it. So both close.

"Second penalty is a penalty because the ref whistled it. There was contact, and if the ref thinks it's enough, we cannot change it in that situation."

Jurgen Klopp
1:46 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reiterated his calls for five substitutions to be allowed in the Premier League and says it is important for player welfare, not tactical changes

On five subs debate: "If it was about me, I wouldn't have mentioned it, but it's about players. It would be good for the players. Brighton lose today two players with muscle injuries, and they play once a week. For Sheffield United as well by the way, we will see. I can explain it one last time, in this period we are in, five subs is not for tactical changes.

"If ever one coach has the luck to change it for tactical changes, that will be the exception. It's just today, we made an early sub at half-time, and then a second sub, and then we thought if we are brave to make a third sub, if you are not brave you wait to make the third sub.

"If we would have had five subs, then Andy Robertson I would have taken off, we had Kostas on the bench. It's not the solution, but it's a little help. Whatever Chris Wilder says, I don't speak only about Liverpool. He speaks only about Sheffield United, that's true and he admitted that, but I speak about football players."

Opta stats
  • Liverpool have gone unbeaten in each of their last 12 matches against Brighton in all competitions (W10 D2), with today's draw ending a nine-match winning run against the Seagulls.
  • Liverpool conceded two penalties in a single Premier League game for the first time since February 2018 versus Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Diogo Jota has scored nine goals in his 14 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool, scoring eight goals in his last eight games for the Reds.
  • Neal Maupay became the first player to start a Premier League game, miss a penalty, and be subbed off before half-time since Dennis Bergkamp against Derby in April 1998.
What's next?

Liverpool now host Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday evening at 8pm, before hosting Wolves at 7.15pm on Sunday night in the Premier League.

Brighton host Southampton on Monday Night Football at 8pm on December 7, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

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Brighton 1-1 Liverpool: VAR goes against Reds as Jota strikes again

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 14:27

VAR ruled against Liverpool three times, leaving the Reds to share the points against Brighton in the Premier League.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

Premier League (10), Amex Stadium
November 28, 2020

Goal

Jota 60′ (assist: Firmino)
Gross 90+3 (pen)

The nature of this season means there will be a lot of games like this one, where players are clearly tired and ridiculous referee decisions are made.

A first league start of the season for Takumi Minamino saw the Japanese international line up in midfield, while at the back there was an 11th different centre-back pairing of the season (in 16 games), with Nat Phillips alongside Fabinho.

Liverpool were given a huge let-off twice in the first half, first when Aaron Connolly missed a very good chance on 10 minutes, then when Neil Maupay missed the target from e penalty on 20 minutes.

Maupay put his spot-kick wide after Neco Williams had given away a penalty with a really poor challenge.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

Liverpool were far from fluid or impressive and Brighton were the better side, but the Reds thought they’d taken the lead when Roberto Firmino played in Mo Salah and he finished – only for VAR to rule the goal out on a very marginal offside decision.

Liverpool’s two chances of the first half were both from balls over the top for Salah, an early one from Fabinho and that from Firmino.

Half time: Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

Half time saw Jordan Henderson replace the struggling Williams, with James Milner moving to right-back – a very obvious and needed change.

Henderson’s presence saw Liverpool looking far more dominant, especially in midfield. Minamino also appeared to playing higher up.

The deadlock was finally broken on the hour when Diogo Jota danced into the box and finished a nice dribble with a good finish into the corner for his fifth league goal of the season.

 Liverpool's Diogo Jota scores the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the AMEX Stadium. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

  • Liverpool have 2 goals ruled out by VAR for offside
  • Milner hamstring injury adds to Reds’ list
  • Jota continues scoring form
  • Reds move clear at top of the league

Klopp subbed Salah shortly after, replacing him with Sadio Mane, and the Egyptian was not happy, leaving the pitch without even a handshake with the boss.

The next sub was needed when James Milner went down with a hamstring injury, the 34-year-old having started all three games in a week so a muscle injury was far from a surprise.

There was another goal ruled out by VAR when Mane headed home Andy Robertson‘s free-kick, but this time it was less marginal.

But there was a sting in the tail in stoppage time when VAR advised referee Stuart Atwell to watch a replay of an Andy Robertson challenge on Danny Welbeck and Atwell awarded a spot-kick, which Pascal Gross dispatched past Alisson.

The Premier League had said that there was a “high bar” for VAR intervention, but that seems to have been lowered.

An awful game for so many reasons which Jurgen Klopp will just be glad to get out of the way.

Liverpool move top of the Premier League, at least temporarily.

TIA Man of the Match: Gini Wijnaldum

Referee: Stuart Atwell

Attendance: Behind closed doors

Brighton: Ryan; White, Webster, Dunk, Connolly (Lallana 63′ (forJahanbakhshat 71′)), Bissouma, Maupay (Trossard 26′), Gross, Welbeck, March, Veltman

Subs not used: Steele, Alzate, Burn, Molumby

Liverpool: Alisson; N. Williams (Henderson 45′), Fabinho, Phillips, Robertson; Milner (Jones 74′), Wijnaldum; Minamino, Salah (Mane 64′), Jota, Firmino

Subs not used: Adrian, R. Williams, Tsimikas, Origi

Next Match: Ajax (H) – Tues, December 1 (8pm)

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THE DETAILS

Venue – Amex Stadium, Falmer

Referee – Stuart Attwell

Date & Time – Saturday, November 28th @ 12:30

Current Odds – Brighton 19/4, Draw 16/5, Liverpool 4/7

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This season, with the insanely-condensed fixture list and The Reds’ more-than-worrying injury list, it feels like Jürgen Klopp is sometimes trying to guide a patched-together vehicle in a Red Bull Soapbox Race. We’re all cheering as Liverpool gather speed, then hiding behind the couch when it looks like they’re approaching the next bend far too quickly.

On Wednesday night, they hit a speedbump. Atalanta and Gian Piero Gasperini outplayed Liverpool at Anfield and left them to pick up the wreckage in the aftermath.

On Saturday, Klopp and his men have the chance to get right back in the saddle. A win will keep Liverpool at least level on points with Spurs. However, with Mourinho’s men facing a tough London derby at Chelsea, three points could be enough to put Liverpool into first place. Those three points need to be earned first, though.

Come on you Redmen!

RIP EL DIEGO…

FORM

Brighton Form

Brighton currently sit in 16th place in the Premier League, five points above the relegation zone. The Seagulls’ 2-1 victory at Aston Villa brought an end to a seven-game winless streak and was only Graham Potter’s side’s second league win of the campaign. Both of Brighton’s wins have come on the road this season so they’ll be hoping to change that statistic when Liverpool visit on Saturday.

Liverpool Form

Liverpool’s midweek loss to Atlanta (2-0) in the Champions League was their first since the 7-2 hammering they suffered at the hands of Aston Villa in early October. The Reds have managed brilliantly since losing Virgil van Dijk to a long-term injury. They have also lost Thiago Alcântara, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold since then but, before Wednesday night, had continued to get the results they needed.

Last weekend, Jürgen Klopp’s side disposed of high-flying Leicester City 3-0 at Anfield with Diogo Jota scoring yet again for The Reds.

TEAM NEWS

Brighton Team News

Tariq Lamptey is suspended for this game after his red card in Brighton’s 2-1 win at Aston Villa last weekend.

Alexis MacAllister is out through illness while José Izquierdo is also a serious doubt.

Solly March, Davy Pröpper and former Red Adam Lallana will all face late fitness tests for Graham Potter’s side.

Potter favours a 3-4-2-1 formation with Brighton but it’s likely to be more of a 5-4-1 against Liverpool with his wing-backs given less license to roam.

Liverpool Team News

Liverpool are without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Naby Keïta. Van Dijk and Gomez are out until next April or May at the earliest. Keïta, it’s hoped, will return before the New Year.

The Reds are also waiting to see which players are fit from Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago Alcântara and Xherdan Shaqiri. It’s hoped that Henderson, at least, will be available for selection against Brighton.

Neco Williams will most likely start at right-back if Alexander-Arnold is out. Joël Matip and Fabinho will partner-up in central defence. Andy Robertson will start on the left.

Jürgen Klopp could opt for the 4-2-3-1 shape, with Henderson alongside Wijnaldum in midfield. Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané would be the three-man line supporting the out-and-out striker, Mohamed Salah.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

Brighton XI (5-4-1) – Ryan; Veltman, Webster, Dunk, Burn, March; Lallana, White, Bissouma, Trossard; Welbeck

Liverpool XI (4-2-3-1) – Alisson; Williams N, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum; Jota, Firmino, Mané; Salah

WHEN THEY LAST MET

Liverpool win 3-1 at the Amex Stadium when the sides last met back in July. Mohamed Salah bagged a brace that night while captain Jordan Henderson also got on the scoresheet. Leandro Trossard scored Brighton’s only goal.

PREDICTION

BRIGHTON 0 – 2 LIVERPOOL

Liverpool suffered a demoralising yet somewhat unsurprising defeat against Atalanta on Wednesday night. They will be keen to bounce back with a more experienced starting eleven in the early game on Saturday. Yet, with a hectic schedule and ever-increasing injury list, how long can The Reds keep this up? The Atalanta game was a bridge too far. Let’s hope Jürgen Klopp and his men have regrouped and, more importantly, gained some rest, before the Brighton match.

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Brighton

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 11:29

Takumi Minamino starts as Liverpool make six changes at Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon.

Nathaniel Phillips, Fabinho and Andy Robertson return in defence, while Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino are restored in attack.

Jordan Henderson is named among the substitutes at the Amex Stadium.

Liverpool: Alisson, N. Williams, Phillips, Fabinho, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Minamino, Jota, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Adrian, Mane, Henderson, Jones, Tsimikas, Origi, R. Williams.

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Brighton

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 11:29
Takumi Minamino starts as Liverpool make six changes at Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon.
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Curtis Jones: Klopp's faith in me is massive... I want to repay him

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 07:00
Curtis Jones has underlined the impact the faith shown in him by Jürgen Klopp and his backroom team has had in enabling him to demonstrate his talents regularly at first-team level.
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Jurgen Klopp appears resigned to Gini Wijnaldum leaving at end of season

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 22:30

Gini Wijnaldum is in the final months of his contract with Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp has given the clearest indication yet that a renewal appears unlikely.

The Reds are relying on the No. 5 an awful lot this year, as his fitness and performance levels have been largely exceptional while others succumb to injuries.

But asked on Friday about the Dutch midfielder’s long-term future, Klopp acknowledged that “nothing is decided” on him staying at Anfield beyond 2021 and made the comparison with former Red Emre Can.

“I would be happy if he would stay here. I’m pretty happy with Gini [as] you see when you look at most of the line-ups!” Klopp said.

“He was always good. I cannot remember a lot of bad games, he played for us plenty of positions, he’s in a good moment and long may it continue.

“As long as nothing is decided, everything is possible and I’m positive.”

 Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp embraces Georginio Wijnaldum after the FA Premier League match between Aston Villa FC and Liverpool FC at Villa Park. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. Aston Villa won 7-2. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Athletic have noted that Wijnaldum has not been offered a contract this season after talks “broke down” during 2019/20, but they also report that Wijnaldum told Klopp directly that he remained “fully committed” for the season ahead.

That appears backed up by Klopp’s assertion that Wijnaldum will be at 100 per cent up until the point he leaves, though that departure does now appear likely in the same way Can left for Juventus, before now starring with Dortmund.

“Gini is one of the best people I ever trained and he’s an outstanding person. It means no issue at all. It’s professional, our relationship didn’t change at all.

“We had situations like this with Emre Can for example. He gave us absolutely everything until the last day of his contract.

“Gini will do the same, no doubt about that and no harm for our relationship whatsoever.”

 Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum (R) and Leeds United's Robin Koch during the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Wijnaldum is likely to remain central to Klopp’s plans over the coming weeks with a line of midfielders and defenders out injured.

But if there’s a probability that he departs on a free at the end of the season, it’s absolutely certain that the succession plan is either already in the pipeline, or else already in place with the likes of Thiago and Curtis Jones.

If he does leave, Wijnaldum will have been an absolutely massive part of the club’s rise from also-rans to champions of everything, with Gini himself netting a milestone goal to take Klopp’s side in the Champions League back in 2017.

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Jürgen Klopp on Gini Wijnaldum's future

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 22:29

Jürgen Klopp was today asked about Georginio Wijnaldum's future at Liverpool.

Speaking ahead of the Reds' Premier League encounter with Brighton & Hove Albion, the boss said: "I cannot really say a lot about that. I would be happy if he would stay here – that's maybe the only thing. 

"But sitting here, I'm pretty happy with Gini. You see [that] when you look at most of the line-ups!"

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The midfielder has made 201 appearances for the club since arriving from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016, including 15 outings in all competitions in 2020-21 so far.  

On whether Wijnaldum's current form is his best in a Liverpool shirt, the boss added: "That might be only because your memories are not that good. He played always good. That's why he played that amount of games.  

"I cannot remember a lot of bad games, to be honest. He played for us in plenty of positions, different positions. He's in a good moment, thank God. Long may it continue. That's it.

"It's good and there's nothing else to say about it, to be honest. As long as nothing is decided, everything is possible and I'm positive."

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Jürgen Klopp on Gini Wijnaldum's future

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 22:29
Jürgen Klopp was today asked about Georginio Wijnaldum's future at Liverpool.
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Firmino to return, Hendo straight into midfield? – Predicting Liverpool’s line-up vs. Brighton

ThisIsAnfield.com - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 18:00

Liverpool will have to make changes to the starting line-up once again when Jurgen Klopp‘s side head to Brighton on Saturday.

Just two-and-a-half days separate the end of the Atalanta match and the start of this one, meaning it’s unlikely the boss will be able to call upon some of the same names who played the full 90 minutes.

While Liverpool lost that match in midweek, 2-0 to Atalanta, the team’s form has been generally good and the Reds have won three of the last four Premier League games.

A win on Saturday at the Amex will take the Reds top of the table, for at least 30 hours, and will further solidify our claim to remain the team to beat.

For that to happen, the boss has to juggle his squad once more and find a way to break down a Brighton team who have played better than their results suggest, and who concede the second-fewest shots per game this season in the Premier League, with only Manchester City allowing fewer.

They’ve yet to face the likes of Mohamed Salah and Co this term though, and we know the firepower available to Klopp can beat even the best of defences.

One back, more to come

 Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC, the 237th Merseyside Derby, at Goodison Park. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The big positive of the week is that Jordan Henderson is back in team training.

Up to Thursday he was partly still on his own individual sessions as well as parts of team training, and Klopp will wait to see how he fares on Friday to decide if the captain can be part of the match-day squad.

While there were no actual injuries sustained against Atalanta, the short turnaround means that player involvement will be dictated in part by the sport science team at Kirkby, with Klopp confirming in his press conference that he would be waiting until the last moment to decide who would be involved at Brighton.

Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara are still absent in midfield, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold are on the comeback trail but not yet involved, there is no update on Xherdan Shaqiri who has missed the last two games and Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are long-term absentees.

Roberto Firmino started as sub against Atalanta in midweek and it can be expected that he returns to the line-up here, while the same is probably true for Diogo Jota.

Liverpool’s XI vs. Brighton

 Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp embraces goal-scorer Diogo Jota as he is substituted during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Divock Origi did himself few favours with a lethargic display in midweek, so he seems the most likely player to be taken out of the XI even without factoring in fatigue.

On the other hand, the withdrawal of Gini Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah on the hour mark – alongside Origi – likely means they will be fine to start this fixture after a couple of days’ recovery time.

The big decisions will come with James Milner, Curtis Jones and Sadio Mane, each of whom played the full 90 against Atalanta. With less than three days to recover and another game just a few days away, it could be that one or two of that group are left on the subs bench here.

Fabinho could return to partner Joel Matip in defence, while Diogo Jota and Firmino could return to pep up both the supply line and an improved touch in the final third after a poor attacking display from the Reds midweek.

If Klopp sticks with a 4-3-3 and Henderson is fit to return, it could mean Neco Williams keeps his place at right-back, while Mane is given a rest. Andy Robertson will also be back in.

Alisson; N Williams, Fabinho, Matip, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Jones; Salah, Firmino, Jota

Alternatively, if the captain isn’t fit enough to return just yet, the boss might want a more vocal presence on the pitch – which means Milner stays in the side.

If he’s at right-back, Fabinho could be pushed forward to play in a four-man midfield similar to that seen against Man City recently. Nat Phillips could fill in at the back, given Brighton’s attack isn’t the most fleet-footed.

In attack, Klopp could put all four of his stars in the line-up from the off, with the idea of making at least one or two changes around the hour mark if the Reds can get themselves into a commanding early lead.

Alisson; Milner, Phillips, Matip, Robertson; Jota, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Mane; Salah, Firmino

Much will depend on how the players cope with the quick turnaround and the system the boss wants to operate in – while there’s always the chance he could involve more youngsters, too.

Getting in and out with the three points intact is priority No. 1, but Klopp will hope for an improved performance level too after the vast difference between Liverpool’s showings against Leicester and Atalanta.

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Alisson Becker in line for 100th Liverpool appearance

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 18:00

Alisson Becker is in line to reach the landmark of 100 Liverpool appearances in all competitions at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

The goalkeeper, signed from AS Roma in 2018, will bring up the century if he features at a ground where the Reds boast a 100 per cent record.

Four previous visits to the Amex Stadium have yielded four wins for the club – three in the Premier League, including a 3-1 victory last season, and one in the League Cup.

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For more pre-match facts and figures, courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea, read on…

Liverpool’s next goal on the road will be their 250th away from home on an opposition ground in all competitions under Jürgen Klopp. This will be his 136th such game.

The Reds’ biggest league win at Brighton was the 5-1 overseen by Klopp in 2017, a day when Roberto Firmino was on the scoresheet twice.

The club’s only red card received in meetings with the Seagulls was shown to Alisson when the sides met at Anfield on this weekend last season.

Diogo Jota bagged a brace at the Amex Stadium in 2019-20, during Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 2-2 draw with Brighton.

Jordan Henderson’s last Liverpool goal came at this venue in July.

The Seagulls have yet to win at home this season in four league games. They lost 3-1 to Chelsea and 3-2 to Manchester United, but have since drawn with West Bromwich Albion (1-1) and Burnley (0-0).

Brighton boss Graham Potter appeared once against the Reds as a player, for Stoke City at Anfield in a League Cup tie in 1994.

Adam Lallana switched between the teams in the summer, moving to the south coast after six seasons as a Liverpool player.

Lallana scored 22 goals in 178 matches in all competitions for the Reds.

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Alisson Becker in line for 100th Liverpool appearance

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 11/27/2020 - 18:00
Alisson Becker is in line to reach the landmark of 100 Liverpool appearances in all competitions at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
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