Ok. So Liverpool are two losses from two, although really, our only defeat of genuine importance was the Manchester City game – considering the side Jurgen Klopp picked in the FA Cup v Wolves…
Having said that, it’s imperative we defeat Brighton at the weekend, or it’ll start to look like we’re genuinely in a slump.
In order to do so, there’s some obvious personnel changes we’d like the boss to make.
First up, Alisson comes in between the sticks, obviously. And the defence pretty much picks itself, considering Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are all unavailable to partner Virgil van Dijk. As a result, Fabinho will drop back and play at centre-half, which against Brighton, he’s more tan capable of doing.
Interestingly, Gini Wijnaldum played as a central defender against Brighton away last season, with Liverpool running out very comfortable winners in the end.
In midfield, we really hope Klopp uses the 4-2-3-1 which saw us destroy Arsenal and Newcastle just after Christmas.
We’d deploy Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum in the double pivot, with Xherdan Shaqiri on the right, Sadio Mane on the left, Roberto Firmino as the no.10 and Mo Salah up top.
Naby Keita simply hasn’t been good enough recently to warrant minutes and it’s too important a fixture to risk him, although if we were, it would be for Hendo in the centre.
Our team to face Brighton: Alisson; Trent, Fabinho, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum; Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane; Salah