Brighton and Hove Albion begin their newest era on Saturday as they travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool, with Roberto De Zerbi in the dugout for the first time since replacing Graham Potter.
The Seagulls are hoping he can maintain the momentum early in the season that the team have been able to achieve under the current Chelsea boss as they sit fourth in the Premier League table – four places and four points ahead of their weekend opponents.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have only played once since their horrendous defeat by Napoli on September 7, while Brighton have not played at all for three days earlier.
Interest will be high to see how De Zerbi sets up his team as Liverpool look for more fluidity and energy in their game after a poor start to the season.
Here’s everything you need to know before playing.
When does Liverpool play Brighton?
The game will kick off at 15:00 BST on Saturday 1 October at Anfield.
Where can I watch it?
This game is not scheduled to be broadcast on UK television. Highlights will be shown on BBC One’s Match of the Day from 10:25pm.
What’s new from the team?
Ibrahima Konate is back in training but not a likely starter just yet. Andy Robertson could also be out and the likes of Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones and Calvin Ramsay are still missing.
Jakub Moder is the big injury layoff for Brighton but Enock Mwepu is also looking doubtful after being ill on international duty and requiring hospitalization.
LIV – Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Elliott, Thiago, Salah, Jota, Diaz
BRI – Sanchez, Veltman, Dunk, Webster, Estupinan, Caicedo, Mac Allister, Trossard, Gross, March, Welbeck
A game that could go in any direction, especially depending on which version of the host shows up. Assuming they fire and are energetic they should take the points. Liverpool 3-1 Brighton.
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