Fabinho at centre-back, Henderson starts – Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Brighton

12 January 2019

Liverpool face Brighton and Hove Albion (3pm) today and Jurgen Klopp is forced to field Fabinho at centre-back.


The Brazilian midfielder lines up alongside Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Reds’ defence, while Jordan Henderson takes up his place in midfield despite only returning to training on Friday afternoon.

Joel Matip is fit enough for the bench, though.

Henderson will start alongside Gini Wijnaldum in midfield, in a 4-2-3-1 shape.

Xherdan Shaqiri starts on the right, with Roberto Firmino behind Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane on the left of the attack.

It means there’s two changes from the lineup for the last league game – against Man City, with Dejan Lovren (injured) and James Milner replaced by Fabinho and Shaqiri.

There’s nine changes though from Monday’s FA Cup defeat at Wolves, with only Fabinho and Shaqiri starting both!

There’s no Daniel Sturridge in the squad, the striker ruled out due to illness.

Victory for the Reds would put them seven points clear at the top of the Premier League again, with Man City in action against Wolves on Monday night. Spurs play Man United on Sunday.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Salah, Mane, Firmino

Subs: Mignolet, Moreno, Matip, Camacho, Milner, Keita, Origi

Brighton: Button, Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bong, Propper, Stephens, Gross, March, Murray, Locadia

Subs: Steele, Balogun, Bruno, Kayal, Sanders, Knockaert, Andone

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