Trio miss out as Klopp makes 9 changes | Expected Liverpool line-up vs Brighton

By on January 10, 2019

Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats when they take on Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Here is the team we think Jurgen Klopp will select:

Goalkeeper: Alisson was given a well-earned rest during the defeat to Wolves in the FA Cup on Monday night but I don’t think there can be any debate that he’ll be recalled this weekend so Simon Mignolet will make way.

Defence: Liverpool have serious issues at centre-back as Dejan Lovren joined the injury list after limping off against Wolves with a hamstring problem. It’s not thought to be too serious but the Croatian international will miss out on Saturday afternoon.

Joel Matip is still nursing a collarbone injury while Joe Gomez is working his way back to full fitness from a fractured leg but Virgil van Dijk is expected to return after missing the FA Cup defeat with illness. Fabinho played in defence against Wolves and although youngster Ki-Jana Hoever impressed off the bench, I think the Brazilian will keep his place in the middle of the back four.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is set for a recall after being rested on Monday night so Liverpool youngster Raphael Camacho will make way while Andrew Robertson will come in for Alberto Moreno at left-back.

Midfield: With Fabinho playing in defence, James Milner should keep his place in the middle of the park while Jordan Henderson is expected to recover from a minor knock to return in a three-man Liverpool midfield.

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Georginio Wijnaldum was given a rest against Wolves so the Dutch international is almost certain to be recalled against Brighton with Naby Keita making way after a disappointing game on Monday but Adam Lallana could miss out due to a minor muscle injury that ruled him out of the FA Cup defeat.

Attack: Liverpool will recall their big-guns after Klopp named his key attackers on the bench at Molineux so Roberto Firmino should return to lead the line up front with Daniel Sturridge making way after a disappointing night on Monday.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were also summoned from the bench against Wolves as Liverpool searched for a late equaliser but the duo will return to the starting eleven against Brighton this weekend.

That means there may be no place for Xherdan Shaqiri in Klopp’s starting eleven but the Swiss international will be a useful weapon on the Liverpool bench alongside the likes of Divock Origi and Sturridge.

Here is how I think Liverpool will line up:

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15 Comments

  1. PHILIP CODD

    January 10, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    What is this obsession with playing Milner AND Henderson together? Absolutely no creativity whatsoever. Work-rate doesn’t cut it at the top of the Premier League yet we have these two grafters playing week after week. Pathetic.

    • Martin Badger

      January 10, 2019 at 9:42 pm

      Totally agree. Milner is far better than Henderson, who is dross, but still basically a water carrier.

    • Mohamed Elbadry

      January 10, 2019 at 11:42 pm

      I tottaly agree no creativity in the middle and That’s what we are lacking .

    • Mike keen

      January 11, 2019 at 2:54 am

      Yep totally agree we cannot play those three together in midfield we have to attack Brighton therefore need at least one of those three on the bench,I’d sit Hendo in front of back four and play Gini and Shaq in front and press like hell we have had plenty of rest let’s worry about our game and no one else’s.good luck lads.

    • Daniel

      January 11, 2019 at 5:13 am

      U just spoke my mind.dis cost us d man city game.after making interceptions dey can’t create chances

    • Albert

      January 11, 2019 at 5:24 pm

      I don’t agree with klopp to play Henderson n milner

  2. Leo

    January 10, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Whats the deal with playing Hendo and Milner all the time and while suffering knocks.
    They are the ones to be coming off the bench and not Shaq in games leading the CL and UTD.

    • Albert

      January 11, 2019 at 5:26 pm

      Absolutely

  3. Issac Hunt

    January 10, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Wasnt aware Mane played against wolves… When were we allowed 4 subs?

  4. DOTMAN

    January 10, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Klopp gambles a lot with d inclusion of Henderson in the midfield, he has no creativity nd also he lacks the confidence in moving ball forward. He is d only calamity we have presently in the midfield.

  5. Kris

    January 10, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Yet again Hendo, Milner and Wijnaldum together, meaning little creative spark and no pace. This season we will be trophyless, again.

  6. Mohamed Elbadry

    January 10, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    I agree..we need an attacking midfielder

  7. Alexander Mahlohlomane Kent

    January 11, 2019 at 5:07 am

    The combination of Hendo and Milner does not yield any creative play to make out front three produce their best. It was Milner who made that mistake against Wolves and it my opinion Keita played a good game considering that Sturbridge was static up front.
    Shaqir, Keita and Gini is a good combination with more creativity.

  8. McGeebaba

    January 11, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    I think it’s time Klop hands the captain armband to Van Dijk so this captaincy sentiment will reduce on Henderson.shaq has deservedly earned his place in the starting 11 please. We need creativity in midfield.

  9. Albert

    January 11, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Why can’t klopp look quickly for an immediate defender if he is seriously competing for the title

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