Liverpool were outstanding in their 5-0 dismantling of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United at Old Trafford last weekend, and it was more a case of ‘job done’ in midweek with their 2-0 victory over Preston to extend their unbeaten start to the season.
In fact, the Reds are now unbeaten in 21 matches across all competitions going back to early April, so Brighton have a real task on their hands at Anfield here.
Fifth in the table, Brighton have had an exceptional start to the campaign, though they’ve now failed to win in five matches in all competitions and they’ll be desperate not to let their season unravel.
They’ve still proven tricky to beat though, with just two defeats so far this term coming to Everton and Man City, and even if they were to suffer another here, they won’t feel too downbeat with four of the subsequent five opponents occupying places in the bottom-eight of the table.
The Seagulls won this fixture, though that was in the midst of the worst run of form for Liverpool in the last few years, where they won just three of 14 League outings, and that was the first Brighton victory over the Reds since the 1984 FA Cup, so we’d be surprised if they began to make a habit of it.
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It’s hard to look past this Liverpool side in the form they’re in, and it seems more likely a case of the margin of victory rather than if they’ll get over the line.
Only one of the last six meetings between these sides has been separated by more than a single strike, with all three meetings at Anfield in that run being decided by just a goal one way or the other.
While Liverpool have certainly been menacing, Brighton have also been relatively sound at the back, conceding just five times across their first 10 games of the season in all competitions, though they came unstuck at home versus Man City last weekend and allowed Leicester to get a double in midweek.
Surprisingly, Jurgen Klopp’s men have actually been more prolific on the road, with their 2-0 win over Preston the first time in nine road trips this year that they’ve failed to score three, while they’re a more balanced W3-D2 at home, only putting Crystal Palace to the sword.
That leads us to believe that, while Liverpool are more than capable of seeing this game off easily, Brighton are no pushovers and have the ability to make this tough for their hosts.
We’ve seen in games like Brentford that Liverpool can sometimes get unstuck, and this game has the potential for just that.
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