The target for Premier League leaders Liverpool is to maintain their lead at the top of the table and only a win in their next league game against Brighton and Hove Albion will guarantee this target.
Liverpool have an eight-point advantage at the Premier League summit ahead of nearest challengers Leicester City and a nine-point lead over defending champions Manchester City who are in third place.
Manchester City are the first title contender in action with the Citizens facing Newcastle United in the early kickoff on Saturday and the Reds could see their lead trimmed to just six points before they take on Brighton especially if the Citizens pick up the three points on offer against the Northeast club.
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Ahead of the Brighton game, Liverpool managerJurgen Klopp is expected to alter his midfield from the last league game at Crystal Palace after Fabinho was suspended for earning his fifth yellow card during that game.
James Milner is the prime candidate to replace him in the Liverpool XI for the game against the Seagulls.
Likely Liverpool XI vs Brighton: Alisson Becker; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil Van Dijk, Andy Robertson; James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum; Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.