Brighton and Hove Albion made history by securing their first ever win at Villa Park last weekend, and whatever the outcome against Liverpool on Saturday, the Seagulls will make further club history.
Draw or defeat for Graham Potter’s side will see Albion go nine top-flight home matches without a win for the first time. A surprising win over Jurgen Klopp’s side will see Brighton beat the reigning top-flight champions for the first time, after 14 previous attempts, and would also be their first ever top-flight win over Liverpool.
A lot of the pre-match talk has come courtesy of Liverpool’s outspoken manager Klopp, who has justifiably bemoaned the kick-off time at the American Express Community Stadium. Klopp rested several first team players for their disappointing UEFA Champions League defeat to Atalanta in the week.
Given that the likes of Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara are set to return to the Reds’ starting line-up at Brighton, the champions will be confident of moving ahead of Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the Premier League standings.
However, Liverpool have been far from prolific on the road recently, with just three wins in their last ten Premier League away games. In fact, failure to win this weekend would mean that Liverpool had gone four consecutive Premier League games without a win since 2017.
The return of Mohamed Salah against Atalanta would have been a relief to Klopp. The talismanic Egyptian has been involved in eight goals in his six Premier League games against Brighton.
In contrast, Danny Welbeck – expected to lead the line for Brighton – has scored just one goal in sixteen previous appearances against Liverpool in all competitions.
With Brighton missing the in-form Tariq Lamptey and former Reds midfielder Adam Lallana, it could well be another disappointing afternoon at the Amex when the Champions visit this weekend.