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Fabinho To Start In Defence | 4-3-3 Liverpool Predicted Lineup Vs Brighton And Hove

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Liverpool will travel to the Amex Stadium to take on Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday evening looking to bounce back from their back to back defeats against Manchester City in the Premier League and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup. Jurgen Klopp will now have a mammoth task of getting the best out of his side even though there is a mini-injury crisis in defence. Virgil Van Dijk is currently the only fit centre-back at Klopp’s disposal after Dejan Lovren’s recent injury so we could see Fabinho line up as a makeshift central defender alongside the Dutch powerhouse. 

The Reds will likely opt for a 4-3-3 formation and revert back to their strongest starting XI for this clash versus Chris Hughton’s team.

4-3-3 Liverpool Predicted Lineup To Face Brighton And Hove

Defence

Alisson Becker will return to take his rightful place in the Liverpool goal after conceding two goals against Manchester City last week. The Brazilian goalkeeper has still shipped in the fewest goals in the Premier League this season and has kept the most clean sheets as well.

Klopp might be forced to play Fabinho as a makeshift central defender just like he did against Wolves on Monday night. The Brazilian will be guided by Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of the Reds defence with Trent-Alexander Arnold and Andrew Robertson resuming their duties as the full-backs.

Liverpool are currently sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League standings with a healthy four-point advantage over Manchester City. One of the major reasons for their recent success in the English top-flight has been their remarkable defensive record this season so we can expect another dominant display from them at the back against the Seagulls this weekend.

Midfield

The trio of James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum could be unleashed at the middle of the pitch as Klopp looks to dominate the midfield through hard work and quality on the ball. All three of them have shown in the recent past that they are willing to work their socks off for the team so we can expect another tireless display from the Liverpool midfield three on Saturday.

Attack

Liverpool’s fantastic front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah picks themselves so there would be no exception this weekend. It is high time that all three of them started producing their magic more often in the attacking third of the pitch as their form this season has been far too inconsistent. 

Firmino got his name on the scoresheet against Man City last week, so the Brazilian forward will be confident about repeating the feat while up against the Seagulls defence this weekend.

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