Having been deemed unfit to feature, Darwin Nunez is not part of Liverpool’s squad to face Brighton on Saturday, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replacing him.
Jurgen Klopp said Nunez would not be involved at the Amex unless he took part in Friday’s training session, having picked up an unspecified injury.
And although the Liverpool boss doesn’t expect the Uruguayan to be sidelined for long, he has missed out on a place in the squad to take on Roberto De Zerbi’s side.
, who is now the Reds’ only ever-present in the Alisson Premier League this season, starts in goal.
The back four is unchanged, with
at right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold partnered by Joel Matip at the heart of the defence, and Ibrahima Konate at left-back. Andy Robertson
anchors the midfield, with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson ahead of him, as Klopp sticks with the same trio that started against Thiago Wolves. Oxlade-Chamberlain comes into the attack alongside , who makes his Cody Gakpo Premier League debut, and . Mohamed Salah
That, of course, leaves Liverpool without a recognised striker in their team, with Gakpo perhaps most likely to lead the line to allow Salah and Oxlade-Chamberlain to fill the roles they’ve played in recent weeks.
On the bench,
James Milner returns, accompanying the likes of Naby Keita, Harvey Elliott, Fabio Carvalho and Ben Doak.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Konate, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gakpo
Substitutes: Kelleher, Gomez, Tsimikas, Milner, Keita, Jones, Elliott, Carvalho, Doak
Sanchez; Gross, Dunk, Colwill, Estupinan; Mac Allister, Caicedo; March, Lallana, Mitoma; Ferguson Brighton: Substitutes: Steele, Van Hecke, Webster, Veltman, Lamptey, Gilmour, Sarmiento, Welbeck, Undav