Liverpool are cursing yet more dropped points after being held to a thrilling 3-3 draw by Brighton on Saturday. Leandro Trossard became just the third opposition player ever to net a Premier League hat-trick at Anfield to secure a deserved and dramatic late point in Roberto De Zerbi’s first match in charge since succeeding Graham Potter.
Trossard struck twice inside the opening 20 minutes on Merseyside to stun the home fans, whose side could easily have been three or four goals down after a woeful start to proceedings. Roberto Firmino’s double either side of half-time brought the Reds back on level terms, while Liverpool’s impressive turnaround looked to have been completed after a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner was inadvertently deflected in by Adam Webster.
But Trossard then popped up again seven minutes from time to dispatch substitute Kaoru Mitoma’s cross, complete his treble and follow in the footsteps of Andriy Arshavin and Peter Ndlovu, keeping Brighton up in fourth and their opponents ninth, 11 points off the title pace already. Follow Liverpool vs Brighton reaction LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below!
Liverpool vs Brighton highlights
GOAL! Trossard completes dramatic hat-trick
OWN GOAL! Corner bounces in off Webster
GOAL! Firmino’s second levels score
GOAL! Firmino effort given after VAR check
GOAL! Trossard doubles lead inside 20 minutes
GOAL! Trossard fires De Zerbi’s men in front
Liverpool FC 3 - 3 Brighton & Hove Albion FC
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Yet more dropped points leave Liverpool - who have won only two of their first seven league games this season - sitting ninth and a full 11 points off the title pace after Arsenal’s impressive north London derby win over Tottenham earlier today.
Brighton, meanwhile, stay fourth and seven points off the Gunners after a memorable start to the De Zerbi era.
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Liverpool 3-3 Brighton
What a game!
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92 mins: A flying save from Sanchez to keep out Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick!
What a stop!
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90 mins: FIVE minutes of added time signalled at Anfield.
Is there another twist in the tale to come?
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88 mins: Liverpool are pressing for a last-gasp winner but at the moment their final ball is crucially lacking.
Darwin Nunez is now on!
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An incredible afternoon for the Belgian...
3 - Leandro Trossard has become just the third opposing player to score a Premier League hat-trick at Anfield, after Peter Ndlovu and Andrey Arshavin. Trio. pic.twitter.com/XwbZTE1tro
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 1, 2022
GOAL! Brighton 3-3 Liverpool | Leandro Trossard 83'
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83 mins: Hat-trick for Trossard and we’re level again in the dying minutes!
Mitoma’s cross from the byline flies through the legs of Van Dijk and narrowly misses Welbeck before being swept home by the Belgian in dramatic style.
Wild celebrations from De Zerbi on the touchline! What a game.
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79 mins: Like Diaz before him, Jota also looks to have given Liverpool something of a lift and renewed spark off the bench.
He shows great control and gets into the box before Brighton are forced to concede another corner.
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74 mins: Estupinan backs up that cross by charging back to thwart the dangerous Salah as Liverpool counter at pace.
That will be the Ecuador international’s final involvement as he is replaced by former Reds midfielder Lallana, who gets a warm reception from the home fans.
Klopp sends on Jota for Firmino, meanwhile.
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72 mins: A furious spell of pressure for Liverpool to negotiate now!
Estupinan’s lofted cut-back goes over Matip and reaches the head of Welbeck, who gets in front of Van Dijk all too easily with his super anticipation and movement.
Luckily for Klopp’s side, Alisson is on hand to make an important save.
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68 mins: A poor Milner clearance opens the door for Brighton, who aim a cross to the near post but Welbeck and Trossard go for the same ball and get in each other’s way!
Dear oh dear.
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65 mins: De Zerbi makes his first Brighton change as Gross is replaced by Japanese winger Kaoru Mitoma.
GOAL! Liverpool 3-2 Brighton | Adam Webster OG 63’
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63 mins: Liverpool in front for the first time today!
Sanchez completely misses Alexander-Arnold’s corner from the right, which also just evades the head of Diaz but bounces in off the arm of the unwitting Webster, who could do nothing about it. Desperately unlucky.
From 2-0 down to 3-2 up! Some comeback from Klopp’s men.
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61 mins: Despite being in the ascendancy, Liverpool must be so careful here as Brighton still look very dangerous coming forward.
Both defences are being stretched, with the latest key intervention coming in the form of Veltman’s scrambled boot behind for a Reds corner.
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60 mins: Two further Liverpool changes just before the hour mark as Milner and Elliott replace Henderson and Tsimikas.
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57 mins: Firmino should have his hat-trick after connecting with Alexander-Arnold’s perfect cross, but his header lacks the necessary power and direction and is saved by Sanchez.
A massive chance for 3-2!
Brighton are also far from done yet as a dangerous counter is eventually thwarted.
GOAL! Liverpool 2-2 Brighton | Roberto Firmino 54'
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54 mins: There’s the equaliser!
Liverpool again turn defence into attack so quickly, with Henderson and Thiago combining to release Diaz.
The Colombian takes on Veltman before passing inside to Firmino, who shows brilliant quick feet to deceive Dunk before firing confidently beyond Sanchez.
All square with 35 minutes still to play. You’d think Liverpool will go on to win it from here...
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51 mins: The ball is moving from end to end at a fair old rate, but neither goalkeeper with any more difficult work to do as things stand.
Estupinan ensures that Diaz does not reach a dangerous Salah cross.
Easy stuff for Sanchez then to hold an ambitious strike from range.
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49 mins: Salah is a whisker away from connecting with Firmino’s enticing pass forward but Sanchez gratefully gathers.
Trossard still the dangerman for Brighton as he hunts for a hat-trick. Estupinan capitalises on woeful play but he can’t find the pass to pick out Welbeck and Thiago intercepts inside the box.
Liverpool attack again but it’s fine defending from Webster to cut the ball out, with Estupinan then getting away with conceding possession in sloppy fashion.
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47 mins: A bit of a nervy start to the second half from Brighton, whose first counter is quickly snuffed out as Liverpool turn defence into attack in the blink of an eye.
Diaz already giving Klopp’s men a touch more spark.
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46 mins: An early second-half corner for Liverpool after Webster manages to keep pace with Salah.
Sanchez is forced into an easy low stop as Matip aims a tame header on target.
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Luis Diaz is coming on at half-time for Liverpool.
Fabio Carvalho makes way.
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Another stat that makes poor reading for Liverpool, whose aura of invincibility at Anfield is dissipating fast.
But who would back against them coming firing out of the blocks in the second half?
Diaz, Nunez and Jota is some bench firepower to call upon.
This game is far from over!
📊 Liverpool have been in front at half-time once in their last 16 games. #lfc [bbc]
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) October 1, 2022
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A half-time stat attack courtesy of Opta Sports.
Remember Amr Zaki? I seem to recall him topping the Premier League scoring charts back in 2008 and being linked with Real Madrid...
2 - Leandro Trossard is the first visiting player to score a first half brace at Anfield in the Premier League since October 2008, when Wigan's Amr Zaki netted twice before the half. Stunner. pic.twitter.com/IQseHv2jbI
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 1, 2022
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Liverpool 1-2 Brighton
Leandro Trossard’s early double has the Seagulls deservedly in front at the break - a fantastic start to the Roberto De Zerbi era thus far.
Liverpool are right in it thanks to Roberto Firmino, but have been well below par again and could so easily have been three or four down in the opening minutes.
Work to do, with the likes of Diaz, Nunez and Jota on the bench.
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45 mins: Late first-half drama at Anfield as Brighton press to restore their two-goal lead with a free-kick into the box.
The Seagulls scream for a penalty after Gross slides to try and get the ball across and Dunk falls under pressure from Van Dijk.
There’s a VAR check but nothing given.
Three minutes of added time signalled.
CHANCE FOR LIVERPOOL!
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39 mins - Alexander-Arnold picks up on a Thiago header and drags a shot narrowly wide down to the right.
Quite the game on our hands here.
GOAL! Liverpool 1-2 Brighton | Roberto Firmino ‘34
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34 mins: Firmino’s goal is given!
Very tight call but it goes Liverpool’s way and it’s game on.
That’s the Brazilian’s fourth of the season.
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33 mins: Firmino has the ball in the back of the net but his celebrations are cut short by the offside flag.
It was Salah who was deemed to be off after Henderson’s lofted ball through, with the Egyptian then somehow having the presence of mind to square it to his team-mate under big pressure.
The lines will come out. This is so, so tight...
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31 mins: Better from Liverpool as Salah is denied by multiple Brighton blocks!
Sanchez then makes a cracking close-range stop to thwart the Egyptian.
The closest the Reds have come so far this afternoon.
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29 mins: Approaching the half-hour mark at a notably subdued Anfield, where Brighton still lead by two goals to nil.
It’s just plainly not good enough from Liverpool in the final third at present, laboured and sloppy.
Thiago the latest offender with a very disappointing final ball.
So far, so very good for De Zerbi and his coaching staff.
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27 mins: Liverpool are beginning to turn the screw now as the corners mount and Salah lets fly with a hopeful effort that is blocked.
But Brighton possess such a threat on the counter, led by Trossard and Welbeck.
The Belgian will be itching for his hat-trick, having recently been linked with a Graham Potter reunion at Chelsea.
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25 mins: That’s a potentially goal-saving intervention from Veltman, who turns Alexander-Arnold’s wicked low cross into the six-yard box behind for a corner, which Brighton clear.
That would have been a tap-in for Carvalho at the back post.
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20 mins: Bouts of pressure and corners at both ends, but 2-0 to Brighton it remains with the away fans in full voice.
Liverpool look insipid and flat, with Alexander-Arnold firing into the stands.
So much improvement needed from the hosts to rescue this, but they have plenty of time - and firepower - to do so.
GOAL! Liverpool 0-2 Brighton | Leandro Trossard 18'
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18 mins: No less than Brighton deserve as Trossard fires in his second inside 20 minutes!
Welbeck comes sprinting down the left flank with Alexander-Arnold a bystander, playing a low pass for March, whose touch to release Trossard is absolutely exquisite.
It’s a tough angle, but again the Belgian manages to rifle an effort beyond Alisson and into the bottom corner.
This could be 3 or 4-0 to the visitors, who are rampant.
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16 mins: Just not happening for Liverpool going forward at the moment.
Despite the change in coach, Brighton still look so tactically astute.
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14 mins: End-to-end stuff at the moment at Anfield as Salah runs at Webster and tries to curl a shot into the bottom corner, only for Sanchez to get down low to his right with a one-handed save.
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12 mins: Firmino spurns Liverpool’s first decent chance before Brighton come steaming forward on the counter-attack, but Van Dijk does enough to snuff out the danger posed by Gross.
But Liverpool give the ball away so carelessly and Alisson has to make a fine low save to deny Trossard a second!
More quick feet from Welbeck to tee up the Belgian.
Brighton could legitimately be 3-0 up here. Chance after chance for the Seagulls at the moment.
Liverpool look so fragile.
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10 mins: Another huge chance for Brighton as Welbeck heads March’s pinpoint cross straight at a grateful Alisson.
That could so easily have been 2-0.
Liverpool must wake up here.
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7 mins: Liverpool have been pressing hard for a quick reply, but no chances to speak of as yet.
Brighton a touch careless in possession around their own box at the moment, particularly Caicedo.
That will need to be cleaned up if they are to maintain this lead.
GOAL! Liverpool 0-1 Brighton | Leandro Trossard 4'
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4 mins: Wow - the visitors are in front with their very first attack of the new era!
Alexander-Arnold initially heads away March’s deep diagonal cross, but Henderson can’t help it on and Brighton are quickly back on the attack.
It’s good work from Caicedo and a lovely Welbeck flick to find Trossard, who arrows a low effort across Alisson and into the bottom corner.
Superb strike. And what a start for De Zerbi! Anfield stunned.
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3 mins: Brighton are beginning life under De Zerbi with a back three.
A few nervy touches from those in blue and white early on as Liverpool press high and hard.
Caicedo and Estupinan those put under the microscope, but Firmino’s silly foul on the former gives Brighton breathing room.
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1 min: A purposeful start from Liverpool, with Henderson and Tsimikas trying to break forward.
Matip races forward to charge down a pass back to Brighton ‘keeper Robert Sanchez, who manages to thunder clear.
Andy Madley is today’s referee, by the way.
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Liverpool’s first Premier League match in some 28 days is underway on Merseyside!
A baptism of fire for new Brighton boss De Zerbi.
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The players are out into a crackling atmosphere at Anfield as ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ belts out around the stadium.
Kick-off is now less than five minutes away. Stay tuned!
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Final preparations in the Anfield sunshine...
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Roberto De Zerbi looks ahead to his first competitive match in charge at Brighton.
What a first test!
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) October 1, 2022
Klopp explains Darwin Nunez absence
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Here’s Klopp on why Nunez and Jota are on the bench this afternoon, alongside Diaz:
“Darwin (Nunez) and Diogo (Jota) came home with little things [from international duty], and the medical department asked me not to start them,” he said.
“That’s how it works sometimes. They are probably able to come on, but we have to wait and see.”
One change for Brighton
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New Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi makes one change for his first match in charge.
Ecuador’s Pervis Estupinan is drafted in for the ill Enock Mwepu and is likely to slot in at left-back, with Leandro Trossard operating further forward.
Tariq Lamptey is fit enough for the bench, where the likes of Adam Lallana, Jeremy Sarmiento and Julio Enciso earn a promotion.
The Seagulls smashed Leicester 5-2 in Graham Potter’s final game at the helm, remember.
Diaz, Nunez and Jota on Liverpool bench
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So Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota are all on a strong bench for Liverpool this afternoon, with Fabio Carvalho getting the nod alongside Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino in attack.
Fit-again skipper Jordan Henderson takes Harvey Elliott’s place in midfield, with Thiago Alcantara in Premier League action for the first time since the opening day of the season.
Kostas Tsimikas continues at left-back with Andy Robertson sidelined.
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Starting XI: Sanchez, Veltman, Dunk, Webster, March, Caicedo, Mac Allister, Estupinan, Gross, Trossard, Welbeck
Subs: Lamptey, Colwill, Lallana, Sarmiento, Enciso, Undav, Mitoma, Steele, Gilmour
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Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Carvalho
Subs: Gomez, Milner, Adrian, Elliott, Jota, Diaz, Nunez, Arthur, Phillips
Team news coming up...
13:54 , Matt Verri
All the team news from Anfield coming up in the next five minutes or so.
Decisions for Klopp to make in forward areas, with a couple of late arrivals back from international duty. Diaz in particular has had minimal time back with his club.
Nunez, Firmino, Jota, Salah, Diaz... no shortage of options!
How it stands
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Reminder that Brighton are in the top four after their impressive start to the season - whether they can maintain that after Graham Potter’s departure remains to be seen.
As for Liverpool, they’re down in eighth having dropped points in four of their six league matches up to this point.
One of those wins came in the very last seconds against Newcastle, the other a 9-0 battering of Bournemouth. Something more like the latter would do nicely for Jurgen Klopp!
Baptism of fire for the new boss...
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— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) October 1, 2022
Klopp urges Liverpool to embrace ‘relentless' schedule
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Hectic period coming up for Liverpool between now and the World Cup in November.
After a poor first two months of the season, the Reds have to quickly click into gear and get back to their usual standards.
“No-one here is hiding from the fact we have had a far from ideal start to the campaign,” Klopp has written in his programme notes. “But at the same time, we all see the opportunity that is right in front of us.
“Between now and the break for the World Cup we are ‘game, game, game, game’. It is persistent. It is relentless. But that’s been our life at LFC for as long as I can remember.
“We have to embrace this challenge. See it as pressure of opportunity.”
Visitors have arrived!
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Good afternoon from Anfield! 🏟️ pic.twitter.com/8xtGOpZasA
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) October 1, 2022
Klopp: Alexander-Arnold an easy pick
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Jurgen Klopp has insisted he would want to sign Trent Alexander-Arnold if he was manager at any other club in the world, as he defended the right-back following his England snub.
Alexander-Arnold did not feature in England’s Nations League clash against Italy and was then dropped from the squad completely for the following match against Germany, the Three Lions’ last game before the World Cup.
“We are fine here because it’s completely different because I see him differently, it’s obvious,” Klopp said.
“There are stories out there all the time that talk about him and say he’s not a good defender, but that’s not true.
“He is a good defender. He doesn’t always defend good, that is true as well, but that is what we’re working on. He is a young player, he is 23. My point of view, it’s an easy pick.”
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It’s tough to know what to expect from Brighton, as they begin life under De Zerbi with a tough away day.
Liverpool will be hoping the international break brought a change in fortunes, putting a really poor start to the season behind them. With midfield options now returning and that opportunity to reset, Klopp’s side should now kick into gear against a Brighton side getting used to a new manager.
Liverpool to win, 2-1.
Brighton team news
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Enock Mwepu was hospitalised with illness while on international duty with Zambia and will miss the trip to Anfield, though Adam Lallana and Tariq Lamptey are set to be part of the squad.
De Zerbi has suggested he will not be making significant changes to the team in the early days of his time in charge.
“I didn’t work too much with the team because [Friday] would be the first day I can have training with everybody but I don’t want to change too much,” De Zerbi said ahead of the match.
“For me it is difficult because I would like to put my idea but it is not right to change so much in the first moment.”
Liverpool team news
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Andy Robertson is not far away from making a return, though is unlikely to be risked with an immediate start. Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are unlikely to be availabe until the end of October at the earliest.
Ibrahima Konate is close to making a recovery from injury though, while Jordan Henderson is in contention having not played for the club since the late win over Newcastle in August.
A late decision will be made on Konate, while Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz are in contention after seemingly coming through the international break unscathed.
Predicted Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Fabinho, Thiago, Elliott; Jota, Firmino, Salah.
How to watch Liverpool vs Brighton
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TV channel: The match will not be televised live in the UK.
Highlights will be shown on Match of the Day on BBC One, starting at 10:25pm BST.
Live blog: Follow all the action right here with us!
12:29 , Matt Verri
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Liverpool vs Brighton!
For the first time in almost a month, Jurgen Klopp’s side are in Premier League action as they look to finally kick their season into gear after the international break.
Brighton meanwhile have a fresh start themselves, with Roberto De Zerbi taking charge of the Seagulls for the first time.
We’ll have all the latest build-up and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 3pm BST at Anfield.