Liverpool training set to start against Brighton
Liverpool can claim three consecutive Premier League wins with a win over Brighton on Wednesday night, putting pressure on both Manchester sides as they battle to get back into the title image.
It has been a difficult season for the current Premier League champions, who have failed to mount the same impressive form as last season with injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez causing a severe defensive headache.
They did regroup, however, and remained in the fight in an ever-so open season. With defensive reinforcements arriving in the January transfer window in the form of Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak, there is much to be optimistic about the Reds.
As they sit just above the relegation zone Brighton beat Tottenham at AMEX last time around and won’t be a snap.
Galvanized by new signings, this is what Jurgen Klopp’s side could look like on Wednesday.
Alisson (GK) – With an experienced lead at the back, Alisson has faced his own injury issues but now it’s essential to stay in top form, especially given the current situation.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – Alexander-Arnold hasn’t had his best season, but has shown a glimpse of what he’s been doing best in recent weeks. His passage to Xherdan Shaqiri in the preparation of this Liverpool’s goal was sublime.
Jordan Henderson (CB) – Although the Reds have signed two new center-backs, Klopp won’t be naive enough to throw either one into the deep end after signing on deadline day. Henderson resumes in the center of the back.
Nathaniel Phillips (CB) – Phillips looked a lot more comfortable against West Ham and swept cleanly and efficiently for his team. After a stop-start season, he seems to have found his rhythm.
Andrew Robertson (LB) – Robertson is paving the way for the chances created by defensemen in the league this season. It keeps its place in the XI.
Thiago (CM) – The Spaniard is becoming more and more in the role at Liverpool after finally being able to put together a consistent series of games. With Henderson still in the back, it’s his job to pull the strings.
Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – The utility man has stepped up massively with Klopp having to do so much hash and change. Wijnaldum keeps the ship stable with unremitting performance and has to do it again.
Xherdan Shaqiri (CM) – The man who put on a plate for Mohamed Salah to finish the counterattack against West Ham, Shaqiri wins a start. With Diogo Jota still out, every minute he plays is absolutely vital to his future.
Mohamed Salah (RW) – A brace against the Hammers this weekend makes 115 goals for Liverpool in 182 games for Salah. An incredible feat made even better knowing that the Egyptian has regained a scintillating form.
Roberto Firmino (ST) – Firmino’s role is difficult. When he’s on it the Brazilian is unstoppable, but when he’s not he takes down the top three. Klopp loaning Takumi Minamino to Southampton gives him time to make a claim once again.
Sadio Mane (LW) – The Senegal international missed the win at West Ham with injury, but could be available again against Brighton.