Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson believes that the Premier League leaders will enjoy a comfortable win this weekend, even without the injured Fabinho, who has been ruled out until the New Year with ankle ligament damage.
The Reds currently hold an eight-point lead at the top of the table after 12 wins and a draw from their opening 13 games and the BBC pundit expects them to add another three points in emphatic style against Brighton at Anfield tomorrow.
In giving his predictions for this weekend’s Premier League fixtures in his BBC column, Lawrenson said: “It will be interesting to see whether Brighton will be as open and play from the back as they have been when they face Liverpool. The Seagulls have an attacking threat but Liverpool are of the mindset they can blow sides away.
“They may be without Fabinho for this one and he is a huge loss – he has been one of the players of the season – but I can’t see his absence having an impact on the outcome of this game.”
Lawrenson’s claim about Liverpool being able to “blow sides away” has not been in evidence too often this season and certainly not in recent weeks.
Six of the Reds’ last seven Premier League wins have been by a one-goal margin, while they have only won by three goals on two occasions in the division so far in 2019/20, the last of those coming in August. [via TransferMarkt]
Liverpool did find themselves 3-0 to the good against Manchester City earlier this month, although the champions pulled a goal back and, as noted by Sky Sports reporter Oliver Yew, they “continued to pin back Liverpool in the final stages” at Anfield that evening.
The good news for the Reds is that they face a team who statistically are more unlikely than most Premier League opponents to trouble Liverpool’s goal, despite the “attacking threat” of which Lawrenson speaks.
Brighton rank 11th in the league for shots per game with 12, but only six teams in the top flight have scored fewer than their 15 goals this season, while their match average of 3.3 shots on target is the lowest in the Premier League. [via WhoScored]
The record of Graham Potter’s team in front of goal suggests that Liverpool have a decent chance of keeping Brighton at bay, but the Reds have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 11 games, a run stretching back to the win at Sheffield United two months ago.
On recent showings, Jurgen Klopp’s team don’t look very likely to blow the Seagulls away and fulfil Lawrenson’s prediction of a 3-0 home win at Anfield tomorrow.
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