Chris Hughton’s Brighton have lost some form late this season having won just a single league game since their win over Arsenal at the start of the March. However, they have lost just one of their last four games and have managed to avoid the drop. They are 14th in the points table, with a mathematical chance of breaking into the top half of the table this season.
However, they face a tricky task in the last game of the season, when they travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool, who need a point in this game to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Klopp’s men have won just one of their last five league games, but have had a week’s rest ahead of this tie and are sure to go for the kill. But the Seagulls have proven hard to beat and are sure to put up a fight. This is a game that promises loads of action and here is the predicted lineup Hughton might field for this tie:
Brighton have no new injury issues to worry about ahead of this game against Liverpool. Steve Sidwell and Isaiah Brown are both long-term absentees and are only players not available for selection in this game.
Expected Brighton lineup (4-3-3)
Matthew Ryan has started every game for the Seagulls this season and is expected to keep his place under the bar for the 38th league games this season against the Reds. He will be supported by Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy, both of who have been consistent at the back for Brighton.
The manager has also managed to stick with a fixed backline and should use Gaetan Bong at left-back and Bruno at right-back, like has for most of the season.
Dale Stephens is one of the first names on the team sheet for Hughton and should stick with him for this crunch clash at Anfield. He will start in the no.6 role with Davy Propper and Pascal Grob starting on either side of Stephens in the midfield.
This system won them the game against the Red Devils and the manager will believe that his side can get a similar result against Liverpool this weekend.
Anthony Knockaert was used on the wing in the midfield against City but was more effective as a part of the three-man attack, like against United. He will start on the right flank while José Izquierdo will add some creativity to the left flank in attack.
Glen Murray was an unused sub against City but should replace Leonardo Ujjoa, who picked up a goal at Etihad.
Here is how they might line up: