Liverpool’s central defensive injury problems should be cleared up soon, manager Jurgen Klopp said as the Premier League leaders prepare for today’s test at Brighton.
Croatian centre back Dejan Lovren picked up a muscle injury early in Monday’s FA Cup third round defeat at Wolves to add to the absence of two other central defenders Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.
Klopp said Matip was back in training and suggested that Lovren could be back after the clash against Crystal Palace next week.
Brighton made eight changes for their FA Cup win over Bournemouth last weekend but are set to return to Premier League mode in this encounter.
Bernardo is out so Gaetan Bong starts at left-back in the only change from their 2-2 draw with West Ham.
Goalkeeper Maty and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are away on Asian Cup duty with Australia and Iran respectively, while Jose Izquierdo is absent.