Jurgen Klopp‘s side return to the Amex on Sunday, just 15 days after they were taught a lesson in a 3-0 defeat that laid this season’s myriad of issues bare.
The manager described the loss as the “worst game” he could remember, a real “low point” for a Reds side in desperate need of confidence.
The Seagulls drew 2-2 at the King Power, with 18-year-old Evan Ferguson scoring late to deny Brendan Rodgers’ side all three points.
Lallana watched most of the proceedings from the sidelines, withdrawn at the half-hour mark with a muscle injury that leaves him in a race to be fit for Liverpool’s visit on Sunday.
“I think it is a muscular injury,” Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi told reporters. “Normally we play better with Lallana on the pitch for sure.
“But I think in the second half we maybe played better. We were stronger in the last part of the pitch when we were attacking.
“We were stronger but Lallana is a very, very important player.”
Lallana himself has said on Instagram that the injury is a “minor issue” and that he “will be back soon enough.”
With an extensive injury history, you’d question if a risk would be worth taking against the Reds even if he was able to prove his fitness in time.