Jurgen Klopp has revealed his analysts have warned him that Brighton will present a stern test for his Liverpool side ahead of the meeting between the two teams this weekend.
Liverpool travel to the Amex Stadium to face Brighton tomorrow lunchtime seeking to continue their push for the title with the champions currently second in the Premier League, behind Tottenham on goal difference ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.
Tomorrow’s clash will see the Reds face a Seagulls side who secured a hugely important victory at Aston Villa last week to edge away from the relegation places, Solly March’s winner securing just their second three points of the season so far.
Despite that record, however, Brighton have impressed with their performances and it is seemingly an assessment that is backed up by the data of the season so far, with Klopp revealing his analysts have warned the Seagulls’ quality is yet to deliver the results their displays have deserved.
“I have analysts who are really honest and if they think the opponent is a tough one to play they tell me in the first moment,” Klopp told his pre-match press conference.
“They said they are in a really good moment even if the results don’t look like it. They have a lot of possession, they are a football side with a good idea.
“They haven’t scored often enough to get results but we cannot go there and expect them not to finish their situations off. They make the pitch big. It’s hard work and we have to be ready for it.”
Mohamed Salah is set to return to the Liverpool side after missing last weekend’s win over Leicester following a positive coronavirus test, whilst Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara are set to be assessed as they near their respective returns from injury.
Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita are unlikely to feature after joining an increasing injury list at Anfield, whilst young defender Rhys Williams is also a doubt.