Liverpool aim to keep pace with Manchester City as they welcome Brighton on Wednesday night
After both sides picked up important wins at the weekend, Liverpool welcome Brighton to Anfield on Wednesday night, hoping to keep the gap between themselves and Manchester City at a minimum.
The game signals the start of a massive week for the Reds, who face City at Anfield on Sunday, knowing that two wins this week will have Jurgen Klopp’s men leading the pack with 15 games remaining.
If they are to claim maximum points, Jurgen Klopp will be hoping his new signings can settle quickly. Ben Davies signed on deadline day from Preston North End, and was quickly joined by Schalke defender Ozan Kabak, who signed a six-month loan deal with an option to buy.
Considering Kabak was a regular in the Schalke side that went 30 games without winning over the last year, Liverpool will be hoping he can shake that losing feeling when he pulls on a red shirt.
Brighton were also busy on Deadline Day, with sought-after South American Moises Caicedo signing a permanent deal with the Seagulls from Colombian club Independiente del Valle. Graham Potter has confirmed he won’t go straight into the squad though, having not played a game since December.
Also missing for Brighton will be Alireza Jahanbaksh, Tariq Lamptey and Florin Andone, while Danny Welbeck is close to a return but rated 50/50. Joel Veltman and Alexis Mac Allister will also have late fitness tests to determine their involvement.
Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip are both not expected to play again this season, with Matip damaging ankle ligaments against Tottenham. Either of Liverpool’s two new signings could make their debuts, or even both alongside each other, with Jordan Henderson keen to return to midfield after filling in at centre-back recently.
James Milner could make way after being withdrawn against West Ham with a slight hamstring injury, but Fabinho is unlikely to be risked ahead of the Man City game on Sunday. Naby Keita and Diogo Jota are both also out, while Sadio Mane will be assessed after missing the West Ham game as a precaution with a knock.
Liverpool take on Brighton at Anfield on Wednesday, February 3rd. Kick off is at 8.15pm