How we think Liverpool will line up against Brighton today


iverpool have been boosted by the availability of Naby Keita for this afternoon’s clash with Brighton, after the midfielder escaped serious injury from the tackle that earned Paul Pogba a red card during last weekend’s thumping of Manchester United.

Keita was forced off in the second half at Old Trafford but has resumed training this week and is available.

Liverpool will again be without Fabinho, who is still struggling with a knee problem.

Thiago Alcantara is closing in on a return to action following a calf injury.

Jurgen Klopp must decide whether to recall Sadio Mane after he was rested against Manchester United.

The Liverpool boss also has a decision to make over whether to stick with Ibrahima Konate alongside Virgil van Dijk or bring Joel Matip back in to the team.

“Naby Keita looks good,” said Klopp on Friday.

“We were all surprised, but he was obviously lucky so I think he will be ready.

“With Fabinho it does not look that good, it is a bit more complicated. Not too complicated, but complicated enough to keep him out now again, probably. I still wait for last news, but he was not in team training yet and that is never a good sign.

“Thiago was in team training for the first time yesterday. We did a session where he could be part of pretty much the whole session, [but] that doesn’t mean he is ready to play a football game, unfortunately.

“We will see what we do with him, but he is closer than he was last week, much closer. Now we have to see what we do with that.”

Liverpool predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Henderson, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane

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