Last Updated: 08/07/20 11:58pm3:31 Jurgen Klopp says he knew the threat Brighton posed but was pleased with Liverpool's response and their early goals Jurgen Klopp says he knew the threat Brighton posed but was pleased with Liverpool's response and their early goals
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool must wait to discover the extent of Jordan Henderson's injury after the Reds captain hurt his knee against Brighton.
Henderson had put Liverpool 2-0 ahead in the eighth minute at the Amex Stadium, but collided with Yves Bissouma late in the second half and had to be replaced by James Milner.
It was reported that Henderson had gone for a scan to assess the damage and Liverpool manager Klopp said he did not know how serious the injury is.3:01 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Brighton in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Brighton in the Premier League
He told Sky Sports: "I don't know what it is exactly but it looks like the knee. We will see. We will have to make scans but we know that it's not nothing, so that's already enough."
When asked in his post-match press conference if Henderson had left the stadium on crutches, Klopp added: "I don't know, I've had press since the game was over pretty much, so I have no idea how he left the dressing room."'Williams substitution about yellow card' Neco Williams was shown a yellow card for a foul on Tariq Lamptey in the first half
Neco Williams, 19, was handed his first Premier League start in the 3-1 win over the Seagulls, but was substituted at half-time for Andy Robertson after picking up a yellow card.
Klopp revealed the swap was only about protecting Williams from a sending off and not about his overall performance.
He told Sky Sports: "It was just about the yellow card. On that side [of the pitch], we didn't protect him well enough and in his first professional game, l couldn't tell him, 'don't make a challenge anymore'.
"That was the only reason. I liked a lot his confidence and l liked a lot how he played."1:48 Mohamed Salah says Brighton gave Liverpool a good game but admitted their early goals gave them more confidence Mohamed Salah says Brighton gave Liverpool a good game but admitted their early goals gave them more confidence
Klopp was generally happy with his team's showing on the south coast but said they could have scored a few more goals.
"For their [Brighton's] build-ups, we had a super solution and l liked how we did it. We don't have an influence on what the other team is doing, we have to react," he said.
"We did pretty well in most of the situations but when you lose the ball in the wrong moment then they have the advantage. They deserved their goal but then we scored the third, we could have scored more, we had really big chances but all good."Potter pleased despite defeat 2:59 Graham Potter was disappointed that Brighton 'gifted' Liverpool a couple of goals but was pleased with the bravery and personality they showed Graham Potter was disappointed that Brighton 'gifted' Liverpool a couple of goals but was pleased with the bravery and personality they showed
The visit of the newly-crowned Premier League champions was always going to be a tricky task for Brighton, but manager Graham Potter was pleased with how his team handled Liverpool.
He told Sky Sports: "I think we played well. Over the course of the game, we gave a really good account of ourselves, especially going 2-0 down in the manner that we did. Liverpool smelt blood, if you like, because we gifted them a couple of goals so we showed great personality to drag ourselves back into the game.1:16 Tariq Lamptey says Brighton have to keep improving and praised their battling spirit Tariq Lamptey says Brighton have to keep improving and praised their battling spirit
"We created some chances before we scored a really good goal so we put a lot into that game and there's a lot of positives for us.
"Of course, there are things we need to learn from as well, which is normal, but I'm pleased with a lot that we did. But again, we have to improve as well and that includes myself.
"We wanted to be brave and try to play our game against the best, it's a way to learn and improve your own game and we'll learn from that tonight. Overall, the way we responded to that situation was really good. The boys gave everything and I'm really happy with them."A Super 6 for Newcastle?
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Two early goals and it looked like it would be a stroll on the south coast, but Brighton are a decent side and made Liverpool work for their 30th Premier League win of the season.Brighton 1-3 Liverpool
Premier League (34), Amex Stadium
July 8, 2020
Goals: Trossard 45′; Salah 6′, 76′, Henderson 8′Unwanted record avoided as Mo leads the way
With Liverpool breaking records left, right and centre, we were surprisingly on the cusp of a record we didn’t want. After four defeats and a draw from the last five away games – and not a single goal to show in those five games – it was a welcome sight to see the boys navigate a tricky fixture and bring the three points home.
It was by no means plain sailing, with Brighton playing some eye-catching stuff, just like they did in the return fixture at Anfield, but once again that man Mohamed Salah played a huge part in yet another victory.
Two more goals, yet another assist, and he caused Brighton problems throughout. In 116 Premier League games he now has 75 goals and 28 assists – and will be a little disappointed it isn’t more as he tormented Brighton till the final whistle, desperate for his hat-trick and a goal that would’ve taken him closer to that golden boot again.Neco makes his mark in unfamiliar territory
If making your full debut for the Premier League Champions isn’t difficult enough, being played as a right-footed left-back only adds to the pressure.
It was a mixed bag from the young Welshman, but with the good far outweighing the naïve.
On 19 minutes a brilliant last-gasp challenge prevented an almost certain goal, keeping the 2-0 lead intact. He showed his attacking prowess with a superb step-over and cross a minute later at the other end.
He was caught out a couple of times in his own half, both times bailed out by the captain, but that’s all just part of the learning. All in all, a very promising debut and the lad has a bright future. Klopp sensibly took him off at half time as he was on a yellow card.
It was interesting that Klopp used him at left-back as Williams proving capable there would provide a very effective in-house solution to an area of that squad that needs depth adding to.The Ox conumdrum
There was a shot of Ox leaving the pitch at half time, shaking his head, looking despondent. For most of his career, managers have shuffled him from position to position, with him never really making any one position his own. The last couple of games seem to encapsulate that, subbed on the hour in both.
Anonymous against Villa in midfield, he really didn’t look like he knew exactly where – or how – to play across the front three, starting in place of Sadio Mane on the left.
He often seems caught in two minds between his midfield instincts and attempting to fulfil a forward role he’s not quite accustomed to.
Ox is often praised for his versatility and ability to play in several positions. Unfortunately, I think his game, and his ability to nail down a first-choice spot, suffers because of it.
Like Williams, Ox being capable as a backup to Mane would provide another effective option in the squad, but on this showing it perhaps isn’t the best option.Keita presses and impresses
This was another glimpse of the Naby Keita we paid a premium for – our record club signing when he was signed. He’d shown signs of his better form in the game against Villa and continued it into this game.
Within 13 minutes he’d stolen the ball, got himself another assist, and drove right through the heart of the Brighton defence setting up Mo Salah for a decent chance.
That’s now two assists in two games and a classy, dynamic performance against the Seagulls. He was pickpocketing Brighton at will, a skill that seems instinctive to him.
A fully fit, fully firing Keita is another of those ‘we already have them in the squad’ players Klopp has hinted about lately.
Maybe he’s been hearing about them Thiago rumours…The Rolls Royce Van Dijk
It’s become rather easy to take this Rolls Royce of a player for granted such is the ongoing quality of his performance. While the defence has shown signs of rustiness since the return, Van Dijk has been a colossus.
After a blip against City, where none of the back five covered themselves in glory, he’s right back to his best.
He was absolutely superb here with one or two moments having you shaking your head at just how he does it.
With the Brighton forward putting pressure on him chasing a ball over the top, he calmly nods it forward, clips it over his head, and calmly walks away with the ball. The striker was simply bamboozled.
The best centre half – if not the best player – on the planet.
Jordan Henderson will be sent for a scan on his knee following a collision which forced his withdrawal in the win against Brighton on Wednesday night.
With a little over 10 minutes remaining of the game and with Liverpool comfortably positioned at 3-1, Henderson was caught in an awkward challenge.
The collision with the Brighton player saw the captain’s knee bear the brunt of their shoulder with direct impact and he was withdrawn from proceedings, with James Milner taking his place.
With just four games remaining in the season, Henderson’s availability is now under doubt as Jurgen Klopp conceded after the game that while the severity at this stage is unknown, it “will not be nothing.”
“I don’t know how serious it is,” Klopp told reporters. “I don’t know, honestly. I didn’t see it back on the pitch, but I know that it will not be nothing.
“That’s how it is, but we have to wait. I cannot say more. I have had press since the game is over, so I have no idea how he left the dressing room.”
The 30-year-old skipper was one of the Reds’ brightest sparks on the south coast, netting his fourth goal of the season in what was his 350th career outing in the top-flight but will now return to Merseyside with the squad before undergoing further tests.
But with just two weeks until Liverpool are to be officially awarded the Premier League trophy at Anfield, Henderson could well miss out on the game itself against Chelsea itself and instead be forced to join the celebrations from his place in the stands – no John Terry mentions please!
While it will be a blow to both him and Liverpool with the obvious hope that it is nothing long-term, the glass half full view is it will open up a spot for the likes of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to show their worth in the coming games.
Hopefully the injury isn’t serious enough to affect the Hendo trophy shuffle!
Liverpool turned their fortunes on the road around after putting three beyond Brighton, ending a run of five away games without a goal and moving the Reds to 92 points after 34 games.
It all came to be after an emphatic start on the south coast which saw Naby Keita‘s pressure acts unlock Brighton for both Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson to find the net, with the former adding his second to secure the win in the second half.
The Seagulls proved to be no walkover, however, having pulled one back on the cusp of half-time as they continued to probe throughout.
And Klopp was pleased with how his side found the solutions to unlock Brighton for a “deserved win.”
“Difficult game, good opponent, deserved win, job well done,” Klopp told reporters in his post-match press conference.
“I think we started well and finished well but left the door open during the middle but only because Brighton were really good.
“They played really good football, took some risks in their formation and some of their counter-attacks were frightening and we had to block twice in the box and in the end we concede the goal.
“I said at half time, it’s a good game, both sides, but we have to adjust a few things and make a few things better and they will not score again.”
The sour point of the night, however, was the knee injury to Jordan Henderson who is set for a scan back on Merseyside with Klopp conceding he doesn’t “know how serious it is” but it “will not be nothing” – throwing his participation for the remainder of the season in doubt.
Liverpool must wait to discover the extent of the injury Jordan Henderson sustained during Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
The captain, who had earlier put the Premier League champions 2-0 up with a fine long-range strike, was forced off late on at the Amex Stadium.
Jürgen Klopp said post-match: “I don’t know [how serious it is], I don’t know, honestly. I didn’t see the situation back on the pitch, but I know that it will not be nothing, probably. That’s how it is, but we have to wait. I cannot say more.”
When asked if Henderson is on crutches, the boss replied: “I have had press since the game is over, so I have no idea how he left the dressing room.”
Venue – Amex Stadium, Brighton
Referee – Craig Pawson
Date & Time – Wednesday, July 8th @ 20:15
Current Odds – Brighton 5/1, Draw 10/3, Liverpool 8/15
Liverpool struggled at Everton in their first game back after the COVID-19 season hiatus. Next up, they took Crystal Palace apart at Anfield. 24 hours later it was confirmed that The Mighty Reds were Premier League champions as City fell at Chelsea. Then City hammered Liverpool at the Etihad. The Reds responded by beating Aston Villa at Anfield on Sunday. But they couldn’t take them apart like we hoped they would. Yes, Villa were well set up and deserve plenty of credit for their performance on the day, almost going ahead via some attacking breaks themselves. However, truth be told, no-one could blame Liverpool if they were finally running out of steam in the 2019/20 campaign. They’ve broken records along the way while blowing a phenomenal Manchester City side out of the water in the title race. Anything from here on in is a bonus. Well done, Reds, well done.FORM
Graham Potter’s Brighton currently sit in 15th place. They are very close to guaranteeing their Premier League survival for another year, at least.
The Seagulls have won two, drawn one and lost one of their four games since returning to action in June. The single defeat was in their last home game, losing 3-0 to Manchester United.
Last time out, Brighton won 1-0 away to bottom-of-the-table Norwich City. They beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Amex Stadium just a few weeks ago.
Liverpool got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday at Anfield. Goals from Sadio Mané and Curtis Jones were the difference on the day.
It was an important result for The Reds as they looked to respond after being well beaten at City (4-0) last Thursday night.
Of their last three away games in the Premier League, Liverpool have lost two and drawn one. They’ve lost four of their last five matches away from Anfield in all competitions. They’ll be looking to put that right at Brighton on Wednesday.
If Liverpool can win four of their last five games they’ll set a new Premier League points record of 101.TEAM NEWS
Brighton Team News
Brighton players Steven Alzate and Jose Izquierdo are both out injured.
Graham Potter likes to mix the team’s shape up, depending on who the opposition is. He has used 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 and 4-2-2-2 shapes intermittently this season. It would probably make the most sense for Brighton to go with a 4-2-3-1 formation against Liverpool.
Aaron Connolly is normally the one to come out of the starting lineup when Potter reverts to one man up front. Pascal Groβ will replace Connolly and slot in as the extra midfielder.
Liverpool Team News
Joël Matip will miss Liverpool’s remaining games due to the foot injury he suffered in the 0-0 draw at Goodison Park. Dejan Lovren is also out with a knock. The Croatia international missed out on being a part of the squad to play Villa last Sunday, too.
Jürgen Klopp is likely to rotate the midfielders again with Fabinho having only played 60 minutes against Aston Villa. Also, Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum both played just 30 minutes each so will be eager to be back in the starting eleven at Brighton.
Naby Keïta had a good game on Sunday but played 85 minutes so it’s unlikely Klopp will start him again at Brighton.
Roberto Firmino should start on Wednesday night after being left out of the starting lineup against Villa. I think Klopp will continue to play Mohamed Salah as the Egyptian forward continues his quest for his third consecutive Premier League Golden Boot award.
Sadio Mané could make may to give Takumi Minamino some playing time against Brighton. Mané will still most likely come on for a significant period in the second half.
The back four should remain the same. Andy Robertson is not 100% fit at the moment but neither is James Milner so Robertson might get the nod to continue at left-back.PREDICTED LINEUPS
Brighton XI (4-2-3-1) – Ryan; Lamptey, Webster, Dunk, Burn; Pröpper, Bissouma; Groβ, Trossard, Mooy; Maupay
Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keïta; Salah, Firmino, ManéWHEN THEY LAST MET
Liverpool won 2-1 when the sides met at Anfield in November. On a day when Alisson was red-carded for a handball outside the box and Virgil van Dijk scored both goals for The Reds. Lewis Dunk scored from the free-kick resulting from Alisson’s handball but Brighton were not able to make the extra man pay in the last ten minutes to grab a late equaliser.PREDICTION
BRIGHTON 1 – 2 LIVERPOOL
Brighton are close to securing their Premier League status for another season. Seven points from their remaining five games will guarantee it, however, they realistically probably need just three more. Liverpool are still in pursuit of Manchester City’s 100-points record total from two seasons ago so will have plenty to motivate them. The Reds remained patient against Villa on Sunday and got their reward in the end. Brighton may have to come at Liverpool a bit more than Villa did, seeing as they are the home team. Therefore, there *should* be more goalmouth action to look forward to in this game.
Lallana signed a short-term extension to his contract with the Reds to ensure he remains at Anfield for the remainder of the current campaign, but after that will depart.
Leaving at the end of July, Lallana is then expected to join Leicester on a free transfer, reuniting with the manager who brought him to Liverpool back in 2014, Brendan Rodgers.
Both parties agreed when the 32-year-old put pen to paper last month that he would not block the pathway for those with long-term futures with the Reds, and Curtis Jones has since scored his first Premier League goal for the club.
This will remain the approach taken in the remaining five games, with Klopp telling reporters ahead of the clash with Brighton that Lallana is now only a break-glass option.
“It’s clear that Adam will leave the club in the summer, and for now, if you ask me about it, I already miss everything about him, and he’s still here,” he said.
“He’s an outstanding player, he’s one of the most influential players on a training quality that I ever had in my life, he’s an incredible professional.
“But now we have a difficult situation, and we respect that a lot. Everything with Adam is sorted, let me say it like this.
“He’s top fit, he’s in training, everything is fine, but yes, the future is his future.
“And if we need his help on the pitch, we can get it, he’s there and trains 100 percent, but as long as we don’t need it, he will just train.
“That’s the normal thing. I think there were a lot of discussions about players with ending contracts, here it was not even a discussion, it was clear we would extend Adam’s contract and he wanted to do that as well.
“But we will not put any risk on his future or whatever, that’s absolutely clear.
“He is one of the most important players of the time since I am here, so I wish him only the best for the future.
“From my point of view, he is already a legend here, so he can now start becoming a legend somewhere else from next season on.”
This week brings their first long-distance trip since the coronavirus pandemic forced a three-month break in the campaign, with Liverpool travelling 215 miles to Brighton.
Klopp and his players have already made the flight down south, with the manager explaining before the Wednesday night kickoff that this was the best way forward amid a “tough” schedule.
“When we heard about the fixtures it was tough. It’s tough for everybody, but if you get your fixtures you don’t look at where the others play and stuff like this,” he said.
“Each day that you have more rest between games makes the main difference.
“Now this is the third game with always three days, three days, three days, so between the games is only two days.
“You know around Boxing Day when we played pretty much every 48 hours after the last game, it makes absolutely no sense and will never make sense.
“I stick to the opinion that that’s a crime. But three days is kind of OK.
“The next game is a problem and the next day after that is a problem, from an intensity point of view. Now [we are] travelling on top of that.
“We didn’t know when we got the fixtures how the country would be in that time, but still we had to plan.
“I think now we’ve found a hotel where we can sleep overnight. We had to make a decision on if we should go on the matchday, but Brighton is not around the corner, especially the airport.
“So we decided to do it like we would in the middle of the season and fly there today, train tomorrow morning and all that stuff.
“It should be OK, but then, of course, coming back in the middle of the night and playing a few hours later again against Burnley.
“So it’s not easier for them or easier for us, it’s just tough for all of us. The logistics are really difficult.
“In and around the stadiums meanwhile, I think is really good, everybody is used to everything we can deal with the situation.
“So far the dressing rooms were brilliant, how all the other teams set it up, so that’s all OK.
“It’s different, and I pretty much can’t wait until it is like it was before, but it’s absolutely OK.”