Brighton & Hove Albion-Liverpool Preview
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised Brighton and Hove Albion's performance levels as the Reds prepare to host the Seagulls at Anfield.
The Reds are on the longest current unbeaten streak in English league football, making it 19 games unbeaten after demolishing rivals Manchester United 5-0.
The hosts are a point off leaders Chelsea as they search for their third consecutive 5-0 top-flight win but Klopp is expecting a tough test on Saturday.
"To keep the ball and pass the ball the way they (Brighton) did versus Manchester City is an incredible thing," Klopp said. "But we're not City. We could lose the game here versus Brighton but the difference is Anfield will be packed to help.
"We have to be really good and we need people with the right understanding. Brighton play football, a real threat, they try to create and defend well."
The visitors are clinging onto fifth spot in the Premier League currently, amid a winless run of five games across all competitions after losing 4-1 against Pep Guardiola's City.
Brighton head coach Graham Potter, who also praised the in-form Mohamed Salah, admitted he is searching for the right balance ahead of their next clash.
"We have to be balanced clearly because the opponent is of a high level, and that is normal in football, and you have to try and get the balance right between defence and attack," Potter said. "If you just do one thing like defend then, it can also be suicide as you can never get out of your own box and you can never do anything, and in the end and their quality beats you."
Liverpool – Sadio Mane
Mané has never scored in six Premier League meetings with Brighton – the Seagulls are the only side he's faced more than once in the competition without ever finding the net.
Brighton and Hove Albion – Alexis Mac Allister
Mac Allister has scored two goals in his seven Premier League games this season, having netted just once in his first 30 appearances in the competition. All three of the Argentine's Premier League goals have been scored as a substitute.
- Mohamed Salah's hat-trick at Old Trafford last week took the Liverpool forward to 10 Premier League goals after just nine games this season, only the third player to reach double figures before their side's 10th game of a campaign after Les Ferdinand (Newcastle) in 1995-96 and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) last season.
- Liverpool have scored 27 goals in their nine Premier League matches this season, their best tally at this stage of a top-flight season since 1987-88 when they'd scored 28 and went on to win the title.
- Brighton conceded four goals for the first time in 43 Premier League matches against Man City last time out, shipping as many goals in that 4-1 loss as they had in their previous seven league matches combined.
- Having won their first six Premier League meetings with Brighton, Liverpool picked up just one point in their two meetings with the Seagulls last season, losing 1-0 in this exact fixture in February.
- Following their 1-0 win at Anfield in February, Brighton are looking to secure back-to-back victories against Liverpool in all competitions for the first time. Indeed, the Seagulls have won just five of their previous 33 meetings in total against the Reds (D9 L19).
Updated October 29, 2021