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Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Brighton

14:01 BST 13/05/2018
Roberto Firmino Liverpool Brighton
The Reds can secure Champions League qualification with a draw against Chris Hughton's Seagulls at Anfield this weekend

Liverpool can secure a top-four finish on Sunday as they welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp's side need only a point from their final Premier League game in order to wrap up Champions League qualification. Chelsea's draw with Huddersfield Town on Wednesday night leaves the Reds in a strong position, though they would have hoped to have had fourth place (or better) sewn up long ago.

The Reds won 5-1 when taking on Brighton at the Amex Stadium back in December, a game that saw Roberto Firmino score twice.

Albion secured their Premier League status for next season by beating Manchester United last week, so come into the game with little but pride to play for.

Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Sunday's meeting...

Liverpool injuries

The Reds' injury list shows little sign of subsiding. 

They are without Joel Matip (thigh) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee). Joe Gomez underwent surgery on ankle problem, which will rule him out until next season, while Emre Can is still to resume training following a back issue.

Adam Lallana is fit to play a part, but Sadio Mane was a notable absentee from training pictures at Melwood on Wednesday. Liverpool will be careful with the Senegalese star with that Champions League final against Real Madrid on the horizon.

Liverpool suspensions

Liverpool do not have any suspended players for this game. 

Confirmed Liverpool starting line-up

Confirmed Liverpool line-up vs Brighton: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Solanke, Firmino.

The inclusion of Dominic Solanke is the big change to the Liverpool starting XI, as he joins Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in attack.

Loris Karius takes his place in goal, with a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold (back at right-back after a spell in midfield last week), Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson.

Midfield features captain Jordan Henderson, vice-skipper alongside Gini Wijnaldum, while James Milner drops out.

All eyes will be on Salah, who needs just one goal to break the Premier League scoring record for a 38-game season.

Brighton team news

Hughton's men have a relatively clean bill of health, with only midfield duo Izzy Brown (knee) and Steve Sidwell (back) currently sidelined.

Confirmed Brighton line-up vs Liverpool: Ryan, Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Stephens, Kayal, Propper, Knockaert, Locadia, March.

Subs: Krul, Bruno, Goldson, Suttner, Gross, Ulloa, Murray.

TV channel & kick-off time

The fixture will be broadcast live in the UK (United Kingdom) on Sky Sports Main Event, kick off 3pm.

In the United States , the game can be watched live on television on NBCSN, kick off 10am.

Best Opta match facts

  • Liverpool have won five of their last six meetings with Brighton in all competitions (D1), netting 22 goals across these six games (3.7 per game).
  • Brighton’s last win at Anfield in any competition was in an FA Cup tie in February 1983 (2-1), losing twice and drawing once since then.
  • The Reds are unbeaten in their last 21 home league games against promoted sides (W16 D5), since a 1-2 loss vs Blackpool in 2010-11.
  • If Liverpool avoid defeat, it will be the seventh time they’ve remained unbeaten at home across an entire top-flight campaign – more than any other side have done.
  • No side has scored fewer away Premier League goals this season than Brighton (10, same as West Brom).
  • Meanwhile, only Stoke (13) are on a current longer winless away run in the Premier League than Brighton (12 – D4 L8).
  • Lewis Dunk has scored an own goal in both of his previous meetings with Liverpool for Brighton – in a 1-6 defeat in the FA Cup in February 2012, and in the reverse fixture in December (1-5 defeat).
  • Mohamed Salah needs just one goal to set a new record for most Premier League goals in a 38-game season (currently 31). However, the Egyptian hasn’t scored in two consecutive Premier League games for only the second time this season (also two in October).
  • Last time out against Man City, Leonardo UIloa scored his first league goal for Brighton since May 2014. He’s not scored in back-to-back games for them since April 2014, while he last scored in consecutive Premier League apps in April 2016 with Leicester.