Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is looking to put the frustration of the controversial defeat to Tottenham behind him as his team prepares to face Brighton on Sunday. The fallout from the match has been dominated by Klopp’s call for a replay after Luis Diaz’s goal was disallowed due to an incorrect offside decision by Darren England. The loss halted Liverpool’s impressive start to the Premier League season, but they now have an opportunity to bounce back against Brighton, though it won’t be an easy task.
Liverpool will need to put the disappointment of last week’s match out of their minds and focus on the upcoming challenge. Express Sport predicts that Klopp will make three changes to the starting lineup from the previous Saturday.
In goal, Alisson Becker is expected to continue as Liverpool’s undisputed number one. He recently featured in the Europa League due to Caoimhin Kelleher’s injury and kept aclean sheet against Union Saint-Gilloise, which would have pleased the Brazilian goalkeeper.
Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson
The defensive line is likely to consist of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, and Andrew Robertson. Alexander-Arnold has been gradually returning to full fitness following a hamstring issue and made substitute appearances in the defeat against Spurs and the win over USG. Matip will be keen to bounce back after his late own goal against Tottenham. However, Ibrahima Konate is waiting in the wings and could potentially feature in the starting lineup.
Midfielders: Mac Allister, Gravenberch, Szoboszlai
Due to Curtis Jones’s red card, Klopp will need to make adjustments in midfield. Ryan Gravenberch could make his first Premier League start, taking up a deeper midfield role, while Alexis Mac Allister may have a chance to occupy a more advanced position against his former club. Dominik Szoboszlai could also be involved in the midfield rejig.
Attackers: Salah, Nunez, Diaz
In the attacking department, Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz are likely to flank Darwin Nunez. Klopp has been rotating Nunez and Cody Gakpo in the early stages of the season, but with Gakpo sidelined due to injury, Nunez will have an extended run in the team. Despite missing a clear opportunity in the recent Europa League match, Nunez has shown good form when given the chance.
Liverpool will be determined to put the VAR controversy and the Tottenham defeat behind them as they face Brighton. The team will be aiming to maintain their strong start to the Premier League campaign and secure a positive result against a tough opponent.
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