After overcoming two acid test games to start the season, Liverpool have a third test of their credentials to come on Saturday: a game against Brighton and Hove Albion. The Seagulls will travel to Merseyside fresh from beating their eternal rivals, Manchester United, 3-2 at home.
Can the Reds continue their early season promise? Can Brighton hold off the Red onslaught?
Not much to worry about for Liverpool: expect the same team to start as the previous two games. The effervescent trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will shine, but it’s the midfield trio of Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and Naby Keita who are impressing the most. Paring well with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, Liverpool look as exciting as they have done in many years.
At the back, expect Virgil van Dijk to continue his blossoming partnership with Joe Gomez: Dejan Lovren, watch out!
Meanwhile, Brighton arrive at Anfield with one win and one loss. They played poorly on their opening day before absolutely outclassing United over 90 minutes. The 3-2 scoreline flatters the Red Devils; Brighton were outstanding.
Expect a similar line-up here, with Dale Stephens and Davy Propper offering zeal in the middle and Pascal Gross offering the attacking impetus from the middle three. Up top, Glenn Murray will need plenty of overlapping runs from Solly March and Anthony Knockaert; though full-backs Martin Montoya and Bernardo will need plenty of cover to handle the Reds pace out-wide.
This could be a tricky one for Liverpool. Brighton are a good team, and will provide more of a threat than perhaps expected. However, we can see Liverpool edging this one: though, with the pressure already on after two games, it’ll be interesting to see how they handle Brighton.