Liverpool predicted line-up for Brighton clash as Reds await late fitness test results

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Jordan Henderson is expected to start as Liverpool travel to Brighton for Saturday's lunchtime Premier League kick-off.

But Reds boss Jurgen Klopp admits he faces a number of "late decisions" over his other injured stars, including £20million summer signing Thiago Alcantara.

Liverpool captain Henderson has missed the last two matches with a hamstring injury, while midfielder Thiago has not featured since was injured in the Merseyside derby last month.

Alongside winger Xherdan Shaqiri and midfielder Naby Keita, Thiago is expected to miss the trip to the Amex, while Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all sidelined.

Salah is expected to start his first league game since testing positive for coronavirus
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With a number of first-choice defenders out, Klopp is likely to turn to the back four which kept a clean sheet against Leicester City last weekend.

This means James Milner will get the nod over youngster Neco Williams at right-back, while Joel Matip, Fabinho and Andy Robertson complete the defence in front of No. 1 Alisson.

In midfield, Klopp may change from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1 formation in light of his injuries, with Henderson returning alongside Georginio Wijnaldum in a double pivot.

Who would you like to see start for Liverpool against Brighton? Have your say here.

Henderson completed an individual training session on Thursday
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This allows the German to field all four members of his dazzling strike force, with Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino lining up behind Mohamed Salah.

Egyptian forward Salah returned to action in the 2-0 defeat to Atalanta on Wednesday after spending almost two weeks out with coronavirus.

Roberto Firmino was rested for the visit of the Serie A club as Divock Origi was handed a rare start.

Curtis Jones also started against Atalanta after impressing in the 3-0 win over Leicester last weekend, but the 19-year-old looks set to miss out if Klopp opts for a two-man midfield set-up.

Liverpool predicted XI: Alisson; Milner, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson; Jota, Firmino, Mane; Salah

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