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Henderson And Luis Diaz To Return | Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool Lineup Vs Brighton & Hove Albion

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Liverpool are aiming to get back to winning ways as they take on Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday. The Reds’ imperious run of form was put to a halt in midweek when they succumbed to a narrow defeat at the hands of Inter Milan in midweek. While Liverpool have advanced to the next stage of the Champions League, the defeat should come as a warning sign for Jurgen Klopp as he looks to guide his team back on winning momentum.

Predicted Liverpool Lineup vs Brighton


Jurgen Klopp shouldn’t have to deal with any major defensive absentees, giving him the luxury of rotating the squad, should he deem it necessary.

The midweek encounter saw Liverpool field a full-strength backline, with Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip operating at centre-back. There shouldn’t be any changes to that formula against Brighton, knowing a defeat could be consequential and alter the fate of the title race.

Hence, we can also expect both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson to continue at full-back, providing valuable width going forward. However, they must be wary of Brighton’s wide players that may cause trouble on the counter.

Meanwhile, in goal, there is no looking past Alisson Becker as the Brazilian looks to retain yet another clean sheet in the Premier League.

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Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk heads the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match between Liverpool and Inter Milan at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on March 8, 2022. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Liverpool are unlikely to deal with any injuries in midfield either, though this time around, there might be certain alterations to the starting eleven.

Curtis Jones, for one, may have to make way for Jordan Henderson. The English international should offer the much-needed leadership and vigour in the middle of the park as Liverpool look to get back to winning ways after a shocking defeat to Inter.

Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho are in line to partner Henderson in the Liverpool, although it won’t be surprising to see Klopp giving a run out to Naby Keita.


Things get even more interesting in the attacking department, with Luis Diaz pushing for a start following a blistering start to his Premier League career. The Colombian’s potential inclusion in the starting eleven could see Diogo Jota settling for a place on the bench, with Sadio Mane moving into a central role.

It could pave the way for Diaz and Mohamed Salah to occupy the wide attacking roles for Liverpool, with Sadio Mane spearheading the frontline. Klopp has most of the other attacking options available, barring Roberto Firmino, though the Brazilian has a chance of returning to the squad heading into this game.

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