Matip facing a month out for Liverpool

Glenn Murray scored the only goal of the game for Brighton

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Klopp said: 'It looks like Joel Matip is out, after the Stoke game he felt something, we have to make a final assessment before tomorrow.

Liverpool will be without first-choice centre back Joel Matip when they visit Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday, their manager Jurgen Klopp said.

"We had a few knocks how it is after a game, and it is the shorter part of the week with Wednesday and Saturday [games]". "Suarez was a great player for Liverpool".

Chris Hughton's men will look to frustrate Liverpool with their obstructive approach.

Brighton left-back Gaetan Bong should return after recovering from a minor knee injury that saw him miss their draw with Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening but midfielder Steve Sidwell is still out with a back surgery.

Should Klavan be unable to recover from his issues, Joe Gomez could be asked to fill in at the heart of defence alongside Dejan Lovren, with Trent Alexander-Arnold returning to the starting lineup in the right-back slot.

A counter-attack saw Roberto Firmino scored the third of the game for Liverpool
A counter-attack saw Roberto Firmino scored the third of the game for Liverpool

Nathaniel Clyne remains a long-term absentee with a back injury.

Liverpool have won four of their last five league outings while Brighton are winless in their last three league games.

Liverpool have infamously struggled defensively for a number of years and this season has been no different for Klopp's side.

He also claimed to be unsurprised by the electric form of influential summer signing Mohamed Salah, who took his tally of goals across all competitions to 17 in just 21 appearances after coming off the bench to net another brace in midweek. The game against Manchester United was perhaps the biggest indication of the same, with the Frenchman the only Brighton player who gave the Red Devils any jitters. With Pascal Gross looking risky as well, Knockaert's upsurge in form could just be what Brighton need on Saturday afternoon. But, against the Big Six sides, the Seagulls have shown that there is still some work need to be done to spring a surprise or two this season.

There's a chance Emre Can starts ahead of Henderson in midfield, but outside of that and given the rest players like Mané, Firmino, Salah, and Coutinho have been given over the last two games, the front six seems to just about pick itself. On Saturday, the Egyptian is likely to be a factor once again, and it could be a long night for Chris Hughton's men.



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