There’s a poor recent away run for Liverpool to rectify when they face Brighton in their latest Premier League fixture on Wednesday night.Brighton vs. Liverpool
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – 8.15pm (BST)
Premier League (34)
Referee: Craig Pawson
Liverpool are back on the road, heading to the south coast on Tuesday and staying in a hotel overnight before they seek to secure their 30th win of what has been a landslide Premier League season.
The Reds were far from their best against Aston Villa but continued to find a way to keep the points tally ticking over as they stretched their formidable run at Anfield to 57 games unbeaten, the last 24 of which have ended in wins.
However, it is a different story away from home for Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds on recent away days as they have failed to win any of their last five in all competitions, losing four.
It’s a run of results which has seen Liverpool fail to even register a goal, their worst streak since Graeme Souness oversaw eight away fixtures without scoring in 1992.
The only points dropped in this remarkable league season have been on the road and they will be aiming to rectify their record against a Brighton side who have now all but safely secured their topflight status for 2020/21.
The Seagulls currently find themselves nine points above the drop zone with five games remaining to alleviate the pressure of uncertainty.
Liverpool should be confident of ending their poor record away from Anfield and have recent history behind them in meetings against Brighton having won all five meetings since their promotion to the Premier League.Team News
With just three days between Liverpool’s last game and their meeting with the Seagulls, there is another chance for rotation to inject fresh legs and avoid further injuries.
Andy Robertson had suffered a dead calf late in the win against Aston Villa but declared himself “good to go”, but form and rest could determine his place in the XI.
His likely replacement in James Milner, meanwhile, is set to be available after missing out over the weekend after “feeling something” in a muscle prior to the game, a setback which follows on from his hamstring strain sustained against Everton.
And continuing the theme in defence, Dejan Lovren is to miss his third consecutive game with a muscle injury of his own, leaving Klopp without another senior centre-back option once more.
There will also be many who hope to see the club’s youngsters provided with another opportunity to feature either from the off or from the bench following on from Curtis Jones netting his maiden Premier League goal.
Possible Brighton XI: Ryan; Lamptey, Duffy, Dunk, Burn; Mooy, Propper, Bissouma, Trossard; Maupay, ConnollyLast 5 Away to Brighton (All Competitions)
Won 1-0 – January 2019 (Salah pen)
Won 5-1 – December 2017 (Murray pen; Can, Firmino x2, Coutinho, Dunk OG)
Won 2-1 – September 2011 (Barnes pen; Bellamy, Kuyt)
Won 3-2 (AET) – January 1991 (Small, Byrne; McMahon x2, Rush)
Lost 2-0 – January 1984 (Ryan, Connor)
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Liverpool are just one goalscorer away from setting a new club record for the most players hitting the net in one league season.
When Curtis Jones struck to double the Reds’ lead against Aston Villa he became the 17th different player to score for the club in 2019/20, a record matched only by seasons 1911/12 and 2015/16.
It leaves Klopp’s side just five games to find the 18th goalscorer to see another record tumble in their wake, and there are only five obvious possibilities – one of whom is currently sidelined.
Can Liverpool break their away duck at Brighton and also see a new record established?Form
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Brighton – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Klopp stressed the need for his chargers to be ready for a Brighton side “full of confidence”:
“We play Brighton now. I’m not 100 percent sure if they are still fighting for staying in the league or they already feel secure, which is possible as well.
“They are a really good football team, I really think what they did over the last year is really incredible.
“A relegation battle last year and implementing a new style, proper football style. It’s interesting and my colleague [Graham Potter] is doing a really good job.
“Since lockdown, they changed their approach a little bit and they went for results. We don’t know exactly what we will face, a team in a good run and pretty much full of confidence. We need to be ready for that.”TV & Liveblog Info
Brighton vs. Liverpool will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage starting at 8pm (BST) ahead of the 8.15pm kickoff.
Chris Williams will be keeping you up to date with all the action and providing his usual non-bias take on This Is Anfield’s matchday liveblog, starting from 7.30pm (BST).
Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Brighton vs Liverpool in the Premier League on Wednesday (kick-off 8.15pm).Team news
Brighton boss Graham Potter has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Premier League champions Liverpool.
Long-term absentee Jose Izquierdo remains sidelined, while the club are regularly assessing the fitness of Steven Alzate, who had a minor groin procedure delayed during lockdown.
Alzate was said by Potter to be "struggling" in training earlier this week, so is unlikely to feature against the Reds.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to make changes for their third match in seven days.
Captain Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino were all rested for Sunday's laboured win over Aston Villa but made a crucial impact when coming off the bench.
Left-back Andy Robertson is due a rest but that could depend on whether stand-in James Milner has recovered from a minor problem which kept him out at the weekend.More on this story How to follow
Follow the match on Sky Sports Premier League without crowd noise and Sky Sports Main Event with crowd noise from 8pm; kick-off 8.15pm. Also keep up-to-date in our dedicated live blog with in-game clips, as well as highlights published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after full-time.Wednesday 8th July 8:00pm Watch the Premier League live on Sky Sports
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Brighton are just about there. You look at the 27-point mark with Aston Villa and Bournemouth, and then Watford on 28. Brighton will be after one more win, but I would say one point could be enough unofficially.
Liverpool were poor against Villa. I understand it is hard to get motivated when the job is already done, and there is no crowd to inspire them either. They have just won their first Premier League ever and have been such heroes.
Do they think the records are important? I think Jurgen Klopp is tempted to play a few youngsters through the week. Some players look tired, like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson who look knackered.
Mentally, it is the demands of everything that gets you there. Sometimes the crowd can carry you along, but I think they may make a few changes. Mohamed Salah looks out of sorts, but Roberto Firmino makes such a difference when he plays. I still think they will be good enough to take home the points if Klopp does make the changes.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-2 (15/2 with Sky Bet)
Super 6: No stopping the champions?
Despite their lacklustre performance against Aston Villa, Liverpool edged closer to Manchester City's 100-point record. Only the 94 per cent of Super 6 players are backing them to add three more points to their total at Brighton. Play for free, entries by 6pm Wednesday.Opta stats
Jürgen Klopp wants Liverpool to be the destination for ‘Scouse souls’ as he reinforced the importance of providing a pathway for Academy players.
Curtis Jones was on the scoresheet in Liverpool’s Premier League outing with Aston Villa on Sunday just a day after signing a new long-term contract, while 17-year-old Harvey Elliott penned his first professional deal with the club at the start of the week.
Speaking at a press conference previewing Wednesday’s clash with Brighton and Hove Albion, Klopp explained the ‘door is really wide open’ for talented and hungry young footballers.
Read below for the boss’ thoughts...
On how the future looks for Liverpool…
Good. But it depends on how you see the future. What is the future? In my life, there was never a period where I knew less about my future. I pretty often didn’t know how it would be. But the future of all of us, I think it’s the first time that no one knows exactly how it will be. We cannot cut that off the general situation. The general situation is that we’re all waiting for a vaccine against this awful disease. That’s the future of all of us. As a football club, we are not worried about the future: we have a good team and we have a good age group. The future is already prepared with a few really, really good footballers around us and I’m really happy that the boys see it the same way. I’ve said a lot of times, for young players, the biggest plus they have is time. But in the moment when they lose patience, things can go not exactly like they should go.
Our boys want to play and be involved, see every day in training that they are really close, but are not losing patience for it not working out tomorrow and playing 90 minutes every three days. We try to help them as much as we can to become the best player they can be. We do that with all the players, but with the younger ones, the responsibility on our side is obviously even bigger. I really like that these boys are committed 100 per cent to that way, and it’s a wonderful sign for all of us. How I said, the next few [players] are already lined up, if you want. Our Academy is producing a lot of good players in the last few years and we are really happy that the boys want to be part of that process, even when it’s then the first time in their life they don’t play week in, week out. But they have a lot to learn and we give them the time to do so.
On always having a local player in a Premier League squad…
I don’t know if that will always be possible, to be honest. I think it’s a bit easier for the London clubs. I’m not sure if they have to come from Chelsea directly to be a local lad, or if it’s allowed that you’re from another part of London and it’s local. We try and we want to be the spot for everybody with a Scouse soul. It’s not a competition with Everton, but if you love football, you’re talented and ready to work hard, then we want you to be here. For that, we need to show the boys that there is a way through. We have to show perspective, that’s our responsibility. It’s really nice that the boys are now so close to it; Trent made it and the three others are really close to getting through. That’s an important sign for all the other kids around: this is a club where you can have pretty much everything. You can play together with world-class players; you can train with them and you can make sure that you improve as much as you can. Then, the club is ready to give you a chance. If that will always be the case, depends on the boys. We cannot create a football player if the football player is not ready for it. If you’re a talented boy and have the desire to improve, the door is really wide open.
On the possibility of more game-time in the Premier League next season for Jones, Elliott and Neco Williams…
That’s always the plan. One is about education and the other is then showing that education works, training works and that they’re ready. We don’t only have the boys here because they are nice, humble, good-looking or whatever. They are here because, in the moment, they mainly get the benefit from what we do but that’s a fair deal because, in the end, we get the benefit from what they’re doing. That’s how it is and that’s how you deal with your kids. What pleases me the most about it is that the boys are so humble and hard-working in that age group. The perfect scenario is that we have role-model professionals around, these slightly elder guys, who just show how you have to be if you want to make your way. If the boys follow this path, with the talent they have, it’s pretty likely that they will have a proper career. That’s good news.
You need luck injury-wise and stuff like this but, here, we will always try to use them as often as possible. The dream is to have all boys but it will not happen now in the next five years, but maybe in 10 years it would be great if we could have a team full of Scousers, why not? That’s not a bad thing to be a Scouser, it’s a good thing because they are hard-working and it’s clear that they will fight like crazy. A few things are really nice already in the characteristics of a Scouser. Good. But the door is open for all the other boys who want to play football, good football. Liverpool is a very open-minded club.
On Neco Williams becoming Trent Alexander-Arnold’s understudy…
There’s always a picture now. Neco made exactly the same steps like Harvey and Curtis, for example. Neco is a bit lucky now with the full-back situation: we have actually two plus Neco, three plus Millie [Milner] and Joe [Gomez] who we can. It’s a little bit easier to have minutes in a very intense time than it is, for example, Harvey. But that doesn’t mean Harvey does not make big steps. It’s unbelievable, he’s still 17. It’s unbelievable how good he is. Timing is always important in life and whatever you can create by yourself, whatever you can create by yourself, whatever we can produce together and by ourselves, the better it is. It saves money, of course. But on the other side, these boys need time. But we will use them as often as possible, that’s the plan with them. Whatever we can save out there, in the crazy world of the transfer market, is good of course. But the boys have to commit.
That’s why I’m so happy about the two contracts [Harvey and Curtis] as there is always an easier way, if you want. You can either make sure that you are now in the best place and it means playing week in, week out or that you prepare your career. And we are here for preparing careers until the moment is there until the boys can play week in, week out. How I said, as long as the boys are committed to that way, it will be really good for them. We have proven in the past and I proved it probably at Dortmund and now here at Liverpool since we were here, it’s not about how old you are, it’s not about who you are, it’s only about how good you are and then you will play.
On the club’s plan for Rhian Brewster, who is out on loan at Swansea City…
For the plans with Rhian, we talk to Rhian and not here. There's nothing to say really. Yes, it was unbelievably important and I was really happy that we had the opportunity to do so [go out on loan]. He plays his first proper senior year; he had an awful injury and needed a really long time. That’s why we said when he came back it doesn’t make sense to be a striker sometimes in the squad, sometimes not. It was clear that his situation is different to a lot of other situations from the boys in the club and I was really happy that he could go to his former coach, who he knew from the youth national teams. That helped a lot and they really wanted him and that’s very important for a young striker because you cannot score every week and you should still stay on the pitch. It happened now at Swansea and he has played a good season. Rhian has shown absolutely his talent, that’s clear. In the moment, nearly perfect how it is. But how it will be next year, we will talk about it with him and his representatives.
Jürgen Klopp believes Wednesday night's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion will further test Liverpool's ability to adapt and solve issues on the pitch in real-time.
The Reds travel to the Amex Stadium for another Premier League fixture with a side in the bottom half of the table following the victory over Aston Villa on the weekend.
Unsure exactly how Graham Potter will set out his Brighton side as they seek more points to guarantee safety, Klopp is aware, though, of how tough the test will be for the champions.
"He is doing a really good job there, my colleague," the boss said at his pre-match press conference. "But now since the lockdown they changed their approach a bit, they went a bit more for results.
"You could see that against Norwich, maybe it's not the perfect example, but I think Norwich had more possession in that game. We don't know exactly what we will face.
"A team in a good run and pretty much full of confidence about the results they had since the lockdown. We need to be ready for that.
"After that, Burnley – always difficult. After that, Arsenal fighting for Europe for sure and after that, Chelsea fighting for Champions League. Then lastly, Newcastle – probably fighting for nothing anymore but still the last home game.
"But all different and a lot of things we need always. One of these things we need is being patient but it's not something I ask for before the game because we will find out how patient we need to be.
"First and foremost, I want us to be lively, I want us to be active, I want us to be creative and I want us to be really solid, especially in protecting the counter-attacks.
"Whatever setup Brighton will choose and they used to change a lot for the specific opponent system-wise. So against us when we played here, it was kind of a 4-3-2-1, maybe they play that again.
"But we have only two days' time, so we cannot prepare for all the different systems. Most of the things the boys have to learn on the pitch and then use our principles, our patterns. Hopefully it will work out."
Potter took charge of the Seagulls in the summer and has them sitting 15th in the top-flight standings with five fixtures left to play.
Klopp paid tribute to the work the former Swansea City boss is performing on the south coast after inheriting a team that finished one place above the relegation zone last season.
He continued: "From the first matchday, I thought, 'Brighton, they changed a couple of things.' But again, maybe the results, especially in the later period after December, the results were not as good as they should be to stay comfortably in the league.
"After lockdown, you saw they changed their approach slightly but they had other opponents as well. I think they played Arsenal, United and stuff like this, so it's not that easy.
"It's the biggest challenge in life for a football manager to implement your ideas while you have to produce results. Because nobody waits nowadays for the result, everybody wants to see the result immediately.
"A lot of respect for what Graham is doing there."
Jürgen Klopp has underscored the ‘massive’ contribution made by Liverpool’s staff towards the club’s Premier League title success.
The manager used his pre-Brighton & Hove Albion press conference to highlight the vital work done by employees not on the pitch in aiding those on it.
Indeed, such collective efforts were crucial to the Reds during the suspension of football due to the COVID-19 pandemic as staff across multiple areas of the club pulled together to work through the lockdown and ensure players were ready to resume work at Melwood in May after more than two months away.
“I'm not sure they are ‘little’ [things],” Klopp said of the work of his backroom team. “They are not in public, but they are massive.
“There are no little things in this process, to be honest, there are only things we see in public and things we don’t see it public. We appreciate it all in the same manner.
“I am not sure, but I never understood it 100 per cent why people make a cut [on] who gets a medal and who does not get a medal, but the medal you get is here [head] and maybe here [heart].
“It is not too important if you really have [a physical medal] in the end because you don't look at it every day; it is much more important that you are involved and that we show the appreciation and respect we have for all the people who were involved in that process.
“It is not important, but for a player, for example, maybe it's more important than other people who are involved in it.
“We will find a way to show how much we appreciate what everyone has done. If there is a medal needed for it, then we will create our own one.
“We will never forget it anyway, so all good.”
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Recent reports linking Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool all point to the player’s exit from Bayern Munich, according to one club legend.
The Spain international continues to be tipped to join Jurgen Klopp’s side this summer, with the Bundesliga champions thought to be keen on cashing in on his services.
It has been claimed that Bayern would be willing to sell the 29-year-old for around £30m this summer, with Thiago spending the last seven seasons in Munich.
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After seven seasons at Bayern Munich, Thiago Alcantara is sold on a new challenge.
The club have ceded to all his demands on a new contract offer, but that has not been enough to sway the midfielder and with one year left on his existing deal, they will not lose him on a free next summer. The 29-year-old is available. The Independent understands his camp see this as a “sensitive time” as he strategises his path forward.
Thiago has been overwhelmingly linked to Liverpool, largely through supposed word from Bayern’s dressing room that the Premier League champions are his destination of choice.
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