Anfield - Premier League
Liverpool host Brighton on the final day of the Premier League campaign, with the Reds needing a point to guarantee Champions League football next season. Jurgen Klopp’s side can of course become European champions this term, and are sure to have one eye on Kiev at the weekend.
Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho were all on target when the teams met at the Amex Stadium in December, with the game eventually finishing 5-1 to Liverpool. That was the first time the clubs had played each other since 2012, when the Reds dealt out a 6-1 hammering in the FA Cup.
Joe Gomez has been ruled out for the rest of the season and World Cup, in a blow for the talented young defender. He joins Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Matip, Adam Lallana and Emre Can on the sidelines, with the latter two in a race to be fit for the Champions League final.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton only has two long-term absentees to worry about ahead of this tough trip to Merseyside. Izzy Brown is recovering from knee surgery, while Steve Sidwell hasn’t made an appearance for the Seagulls all season.
Liverpool v Brighton Preview and Predictions
This is a tricky one for Liverpool, as there’s no doubt Reds boss Klopp would like to wrap his key players up in cotton wool ahead of the trip to Kiev. They couldn’t ask for a better opponent though, with Brighton sitting pretty on 40 points and assured of Premier League football next season.
Liverpool need a point to guarantee their place in the top four. It’s surprising they’ve left it to the final day of the season considering the shape they were in at the start of April, but just one win from their last five games has left them in this position.
The top four will become irrelevant should they beat Real Madrid of course, but there’s no doubt Klopp will want to have one less thing to worry about before the final. The team he puts out will be interesting, but the Reds should have too much for their visitors whoever the personnel.
Liverpool are huge favourite at 2/11 for the win, while Brighton are available at 18/1. The Seagulls have put in a superb performance to find themselves seven points above the drop zone after they were promoted last season. If their hosts approach this game with caution, then the draw could come into play at 36/5, with a 0-0 scoreline at 27/1.
Liverpool to win to nil at 20/21
Sunday’s visitors have only managed 34 goals in their 37 games so far this season, which is only one more than bottom club Stoke.
Anytime own goal at 11/2
Brighton have turned into their own net four times in their last two games against Liverpool, with Lewis Dunk on an unwanted hat-trick. It’s 14/1 for the first goal of the game to be an own goal.