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Fabinho to start in central defence? – Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool XI to face Brighton

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Predicted Liverpool XI to face Brighton in the Premier League

Liverpool crashed out of the FA Cup with a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Wolves after losing their top of the table clash against Manchester City in the Premier League.

The defeat against Manchester City narrowed Liverpool’s advantage to only four points at the top of the table and the Reds will be desperate to get back to winning ways when they make the trip to the Amex Stadium to face Brighton and Hove Albion.

Brighton played out a 2-2 draw against West Ham in their last outing in the Premier League and the Seagulls will be looking to take advantage of Liverpool’s recent dip in form.

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Jurgen Klopp will be expected to make radical changes to the eleven that played in the FA Cup. Joel Matip (shoulder), Dejan Lovren (hamstring)and Joe Gomez (ankle) are all ruled out while Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana are also unlikely to make the trip due to injuries.

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Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Formation: 4-3-3

Predicted XI

1. Alisson (GK)

The Brazilian was rested for the FA Cup tie but he will be expected to take his position between the sticks for this one.

2. Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)

The youngster has had an up and down season so far and Liverpool will need him to produce the goods on Saturday.

3. Virgil van Dijk (CB)

The Dutchman looked how usual solid self at the heart of the defence against Man City and he has been one of the driving forces behind Liverpool’s success this season.

4. Fabinho (CB)

Klopp might be tempted to use the Brazilian at the back to cover for the injury crisis.

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5. Andrew Robertson (LB)

The Scotsman has been a key contributor in both halves of the pitch for the Reds.

6. Georginio Wijnaldum (RAM)

The Dutchman has been one of the unsung heroes of Liverpool’s successful season so far and he will be expected to be amongst the starters against Brighton.

7. James Milner (LAM)

The veteran’s error in the FA Cup cost Liverpool the game but Klopp should continue to rely on him.

8. Jordan Henderson (CM)

The Englishman did a good job in the midfield in the defeat against Manchester City and should get a start for this one as well.

9. Mohamed Salah (RW)

The Egyptian wizard wasn’t at his best against Man City and he will have to come up with the end product on Saturday if Liverpool are to claim all three points.

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10. Roberto Firmino (ST)

The Brazilian was rested for the FA Cup tie but he is in a purple patch at the moment.

11. Sadio Mane (LW)

The Senegalese ace has struggled with his finishing at times this season and Liverpool will need him to be more clinical in the final third.

 

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