Liverpool VS Brighton LIVE Match Score 1 Oct 2022
Liverpool will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they host Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield on Saturday. The visitors, meanwhile, will be competing in their first match under new manager Roberto De Zerbi. The fact that the Reds cannot overtake Brighton in the table even if they beat them at the weekend shows what a slow start the title hopefuls have made to the campaign.
Indeed, Liverpool have won only two of their six league games so far, although their upcoming fixture against Brighton will be their first domestic match for four weeks due to a combination of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the recent international break. Jurgen Klopp’s side were disappointing against Everton in a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park, although both teams had chances to win the Merseyside derby, with Jordan Pickford performing excellently to deny the likes of Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah.
The Reds did manage to claim a victory in their last match, though, with Joel Matip’s 89th-minute header helping them to a 2-1 win against Ajax in the Champions League. Having been thrashed 4-1 by Napoli in their opening group game, those extra two points could prove crucial in terms of helping them through to the knockout stage. Their attention must return to improving their league form and position, though, with Anfield likely to be full of vigor having gone so long since last seeing their team play. However, having drawn against Brighton at home last season, Klopp will be all too aware of the potential banana skin facing his team, especially with a new manager in the opposition dugout.
Like their forthcoming opponents, Brighton have not played in the Premier League for almost four weeks, with Graham Potter’s last game in charge of the club prior to his move to Chelsea turning out to be a thumping 5-2 win over Leicester City. The Seagulls showed excellent resolve to come from behind after Kelechi Iheanacho opened the scoring within the first minute, with Patson Daka levelling the scoreline to make it 2-2 at half time.
Alexis Mac Allister was in excellent form on the day – as he has been for much of the season since dropping to a deeper midfield role – and capped his performance by scoring from the penalty spot before curling a delightful free kick beyond the reach of Danny Ward. The Argentina international could have had a hat-trick, but saw his vicious strike from the edge of the area disallowed for a tight offside call. It remains to be seen how quickly and dramatically De Zerbi looks to change what had proven to be an increasingly winning formula under Potter, who helped his side to 13 points from the opening six games of the season.
The Italian became known for implementing a very attacking style at Sassuolo in Serie A, but he is unlikely to go gung ho from day one, especially with a trip to Anfield representing one of the toughest managerial debuts any manager could face.
It’s been a long wait for a Premier League match for the men’s first team, who have had two consecutive Premier League games postponed, while also having to deal with the departure of Graham Potter to Chelsea.
October’s fixtures will be a baptism of fire for the new head coach, with the game against Liverpool followed by matches against Spurs, Manchester City and Chelsea, as well as Brentford and Nottingham Forest.
The Italian will be hoping to continue our fine start to the campaign – Albion have won four of their opening six league games. Men’s first-team head coach Roberto De Zerbi said, “Adam Lallana trained today with the squad and the first XI. I think he can’t start but he feels good. Tariq Lamptey trained yesterday (Thursday) for the first time. He feels good but I think Lamptey will not be ready to start.
Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah got the goals in a 2-0 win over Albion at the Amex in March, but our last trip to Anfield proved fruitful. Having been 2-0 down early on, Albion recovered to take a point as Enock Mwepu and Leandro Trossard got on the scoresheet.
Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 11 goals in his ten Premier League games against Brighton, scoring six and assisting five. However, the only two occasions he’s failed to register a goal involvement against the Seagulls have come in games at Anfield (November 2019, February 2021).
The visit of the Seagulls marks the first of 13 games in six weeks for the Reds, before their campaign comes to a halt for the World Cup.
Having not played since the 2-1 victory over Ajax on September 13, and with many of their senior stars in action for their nations over the international break, it will be interesting to see which XI Jurgen Klopp goes with.
The Liverpool boss must take the busy forthcoming schedule into consideration, with this game followed up by a Champions League meeting with Rangers three days later, before a trip to the Emirates Stadium next weekend.
One player who could return to the starting XI this weekend is Jordan Henderson, who made his comeback from injury in England’s draw with Germany on Monday.
With Andy Robertson still out, Kostas Tsimikas is set to continue at left-back. Jota led the line in the victory over Ajax, but having featured in both games for Portugal, and only recently returning from a long-term hamstring problem, he may be more likely to start from the bench.
However, it would be no real surprise to see Klopp take Diaz out of the firing line for this one, with the Colombian playing 154 minutes over the course of the international break, and only returning from the U.S. in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
That may see Nunez, who played 60 minutes and scored in Uruguay’s win over Canada in Slovakia on Tuesday, come into contention. If him, Mohamed Salah and Firmino start in attack, it will be interesting to see who takes up the left sided attacking role.
There is also every chance that Elliott retains his spot in midfield, having been one of Liverpool’s best performers so far this season.