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Scintillating. Breathtaking. Phenomenal. Words that could be used to describe Liverpool as a whole or Mohamed Salah alone, as football aficionados run out of words to describe the record-breaking attacker after his three-goal showing at Old Trafford.
Naby Keita and Diogo Jota also made the net ripple against Man United – who also saw Paul Pogba sent for an early bath – as Liverpool’s remarkable goalscoring rate continued in a game that did not quite cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his job in the Old Trafford dugout.
A much-changed Liverpool side struggled to score for an hour against Preston North End in Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash before Takumi Minamino‘s outstretched leg helped his side break the deadlock, while a cheeky Divock Origi scorpion kick put the tie to bed as Liverpool advanced to the quarter-finals.
Seeking to stretch their unbeaten Premier League run to 20 matches this weekend, Liverpool remain second in the table – one point behind leaders Chelsea – and Klopp’s side have scored at least two goals in 13 of their last 14 top-flight encounters during that remarkable run.
All in all, Liverpool’s stunning rate of scoring at least two goals per game has now stretched to 11 successive matches in all competitions, but only eight of their 27 league strikes this term have come at Anfield, where Brighton have pleasant memories of last season’s battle.
Liverpool are facing an injury crisis in midfield ahead of this game, with Thiago Alcantara, James Milner and Harvey Elliott set to miss out while Fabinho and Keita are uncertain, but the latter has a stronger chance of returning.
As a result, Jordan Henderson could be joined by Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the engine room, while Caoimhin Kelleher is ill but was never likely to earn the gloves anyway.
Jota and Roberto Firmino are both well-rested, but Klopp also has next week’s battle with Atletico Madrid to keep in mind, so the latter may be kept fit for that battle.
As for Brighton, last year’s match-winner at Anfield Alzate is out until 2022 as he recovers from surgery, while Danny Welbeck is Potter’s second long-term injury concern.
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Dan Burn was forced to make way against Leicester in midweek, and there are fears that the defender could be out for a substantial period of time as well, but Adam Webster has made a timely return to action.Adam Lallana is in line to start against his former club after being granted a complete rest in midweek, as Marc Cucurella and Neal Maupay also return to the first XI.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Jota, Mane
Brighton & Hove Albion possible starting lineup:
Sanchez; Dunk, Duffy, Webster; Veltman, Gross, Lallana, Moder, Cucurella; Trossard, Maupay