Preview: Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Following Monday’s win against Crystal Palace, the Reds will seek to maintain their 100% record for the season with another victory. Brighton will represent their opponents, who would look to gain some points against the Reds. After last Saturday’s victory against Manchester United, belief among the Seagulls is at its highest. With Klopp and his men wary of the threat posed by Brighton, here’s the preview ahead on the clash at Anfield.
Keita Key To Victory
Last season, the Seagulls succumbed to heavy defeats at the hands of Liverpool. Then, the Reds ran out 4-0 winners at home, while inflicting a 5-1 defeat on Brighton at the Amex. Key to those victories was Liverpool’s high tempo game. Quick to win the ball and attack on the counter, Liverpool ruthlessly put Brighton to the sword. Firmino’s goal to give Liverpool’s 2nd away from home epitomises that game plan perfectly.
While there is nothing to suggest that they’ll succumb to another heavy defeat, you would suspect that high pressing would be key to another victory against the Seagulls. Central to the pressing machine will be none other than Keita.
With the ability to win the ball and surge upfield, the Guinean is Klopp’s biggest weapon. Although he’s yet to score nor assist, his past 2 competitive showings in a red shirt had been hugely impressive. If he’s to maintain his current level, and he has shows no signs of stopping, Brighton would be in for a long evening.
Mane To Be The Main Man Once More
While Keita’s pressing is key in executing Klopp’s game plan, someone has to be there to apply the killer touch.
Step forward Mane.
In contrast to his fellow attacker Salah, who looks a bit sluggish thus far, Mane has started the season in red hot form. 3 goals in 2 games shows how much of a goal threat the Senegalese represents.
Besides his goal contributions, Mane has been the Reds most dynamic player in the last 2 games. Darting into pockets on space and willing to take on players, Mane represents a nightmare for defenders. Judging by his current form, Brighton’s defenders will likely find Mane to be too hot to handle.
Knockaert To Be Brighton’s Danger Man
Against Manchester United, Knockaert was one of Brighton’s best players on the pitch. Looking sharp, he tormented United for much of the afternoon. While he may not have ended the match on the score sheet, he still represent a major threat against the Reds.
Having passed the test posed by both Benteke and Zaha, Liverpool will now be looking to stop Knockaert from influencing Brighton’s game. Robertson will be directly against the Frenchman and has to be at his defensive best. Nullify Knockaert and Liverpool will blunt Brighton’s greatest threat. Having already picked up 2 clean sheets for the season, we’ll be quietly confident of another shutout.