The Reds currently trail leaders Tottenham – who face third-placed Chelsea in a huge London derby on Sunday – on goal difference only at the top-flight summit after overcoming an injury crisis to easily dispatch of Leicester last weekend.
Jurgen Klopp made the decision to rest a number of his key stars for Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Atalanta – a decision that ultimately proved costly as the Serie A side won 2-0 at Anfield.
The Liverpool boss has registered plenty of displeasure at the scheduling of matches during this most hectic of seasons and will not be pleased to have to contest an early Saturday match straight off the back of a midweek European tie.
Today’s opponents Brighton, meanwhile, currently sit 16th and five points above the bottom three after winning only two of their first nine games in 2020/21.
Solly March’s brilliant strike sealed a dramatic 2-1 win at Aston Villa last weekend, though the Seagulls have lost each of their last nine matches against Liverpool across all competitions and are without the suspended Tariq Lamptey.
Follow all the build-up and match action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below…
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Predicted Liverpool XI
Here’s how Standard Sport sees the defending Premier League champions lining up on the south coast today (4-2-3-1)…
Alisson; Milner, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson; Salah, Jota, Mane; Firmino
Brighton team news
Brighton will be without the suspended Tariq Lamptey this afternoon
Ex-Reds midfielder Adam Lallana is being assessed, Solly March is expected to be available despite a slight ankle issue and the fit-again Leandro Trossard could make his return to the matchday squad.
Davy Propper and Alexis Mac Allister have both been missing due to illness. Propper is ready to return, but it is thought the game will come too soon for Mac Allister.
Liverpool team news
Jordan Henderson could return for Liverpool today after a thigh injury sustained on international duty.
The midfielder partially trained on Thursday for the first time and has a chance of being included.
Klopp will still be without midfielders Naby Keita (hamstring), Thiago Alcantara (knee), Xherdan Shaqiri (muscle) as well defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold (calf), Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez (both knee), but will restore his first-choice line-up after resting five players for the Champions League defeat to Atalanta.
Prediction: Brighton 0-3 Liverpool
Despite their issues at the back, Liverpool put in one of their best performances of the season so far to dismantle Leicester last weekend.
Jurgen Klopp rested many of the stars of that display for their Champions League fixture and despite defeat in that game, the Reds should be able to prove it was a risk worth taking.
How to watch Brighton vs Liverpool
TV channel: Today’s match will be televised on BT Sport 1, with coverage from 11:30am.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the BT Sport website and the app.
Welcome to Brighton vs Liverpool coverage
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s first LIVE coverage of a busy weekend of Premier League football as Liverpool look to return to the top-flight summit with a positive result against Brighton.
Stay tuned for all the latest build-up, team news and live match action from Amex Stadium…