Four points adrift of fourth place and 12 short of the top of the Premier League, Liverpool can avoid the risk of ending the weekend in the bottom half of the table with a fourth successive home win in all competitions when Brighton visit Anfield on Saturday.
Almost a month after they last played at home, the Reds take on visitors who sit four points above them and in a state of transition following the appointment of Roberto De Zerbi as Brighton boss midway through their own unexpected 27-day break from competitive action.
A noted tactician with a style considered by some to be attacking to the point of cavalier, De Zerbi’s arrival makes Albion unpredictable opponents as Liverpool target only a third victory in seven games so far this season.
Here’s how to watch Liverpool and Brighton’s return to Premier League action, the latest team news and the odds on the game.
LIVE BLOG: All the action from Anfield between Liverpool and Brighton
Liverpool play host to Brighton at Anfield in Liverpool, England. It kicks off at 3 p.m. BST on Saturday, October 1.
UK: Liverpool vs. Brighton will not be shown on TV or streamed live in the UK.
USA: The match will only be available to Peacock subscribers.
Canada: Every Premier League game streams live and on demand exclusively via fuboTV.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on demand on Optus Sport.
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Full-back Andy Robertson is not back from his knee injury, with Konstantinos Tsimikas playing left back. Midfielders Naby Keita (muscle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (thigh) are also not in the matchday squad. Captain Jordan Henderson, who joined the England squad despite not being fully fit while he continued his recovery from a hamstring issue, is ready to start against Brighton.
Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher (groin), centre-back Ibrahima Konate (knee) and right-back Calvin Ramsay returned to training with Liverpool this week as all three await their first appearances of the season following injuries.
Liverpool starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1-Alisson (GK) — 66-Alexander-Arnold, 32-Matip, 4-Van Dijk, 21-Tsimikas — 14-Henderson, 3-Fabinho, 6-Alcantara — 11-Salah, 9-Firmino, 28-Carvalho
Liverpool subs (9): 13-Adrian (GK), 2-Gomez, 47-Phillips, 29-Arthur, 7-Milner, 19-Elliott, 23-Diaz, 27-Nunez, 20-Jota
Midfielder Enock Mwepu is out for Brighton after being hospitalised by illness while with Zambia in Mali. Former Liverpool favourite Adam Lallana (calf) and winger Jeremy Sarmiento (knee) are available off the bench. Poland prospect Jakub Moder is out until 2023 with an ACL injury.
Brighton starting lineup (3-4-3, right to left): 1-Sanchez (GK) — 34-Veltman, 5-Dunk, 4-Webster — 7-March, 25-Caicedo, 10-Mac Allister, 30-Estupinan — 13-Gross, 18-Welbeck, 11-Trossard
Brighton subs (9): 23-Steele (GK), 6-Colwill, 2-Lamptey, 27-Gilmour, 22-Mitoma, 14-Lallana, 19-Sarmiento, 20-Enciso, 21-Undav
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Despite failing to beat Brighton in their two previous attempts at Anfield, Liverpool are heavy favourites to continue their strong home form and return to winning ways in the Premier League following a goalless draw at Everton last time out.
Brighton have lost one of their six Premier League matches this season and rallied from two goals behind to earn a 2-2 draw at Liverpool last October, having shocked the Reds 1-0 the previous season. A point would represent a strong start for De Zerbi in his first match as a manager in England.