Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool Betting Prediction Week 10

Liverpool return to Premier League action in the early kick-off against Brighton & Hove Albion, much to Jurgen Klopp’s dismay.

A European tie against Atalanta on Wednesday meant Klopp was forced to rotate his squad in preparation for a quick turnaround on Saturday.

Klopp has consistently been a vocal critic and a thorn in the side of the Premier League on the issue of scheduling Saturday early afternoon games for teams who played in midweek. The German stood up for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after United were forced to play Everton in the early kick-off this past month after playing in mid-week.

Liverpool find themselves in the same position this weekend and Klopp believes his words are falling on deaf ears.

“Look, I talk about these kind of things when I think it makes sense and when I think it’s necessary,” Klopp said.

“I spoke about all these things a lot in the last few weeks, that we have to save the players. That’s over now. I can’t do anything about it, so I don’t think about it in this moment.

“My only concern now is we have to use the few hours we have to make them as fresh as possible. I’m not a miracle worker, I cannot do that, but we have to make sure that whatever we can do from a recovery point of view we do, and we did. The boys are fit and good and we have to make sure we play a good game.

“What’s really tricky is you ask me these questions knowing it’s an issue but are not working on sorting the issue.”

Liverpool Betting Pick After the Quick Turnaround

Liverpool face a tricky test against Brighton & Hove Albion who’ve lost just once in their last five games.

A massive boost ahead of the game for Liverpool was the return of captain Jordan Henderson to training who’s in contention to start on the weekend as well Mohamed Salah who has recovered from COVID-19.

However, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri remain out with injury.

A player who has benefited from Liverpool’s mounting injury problems is 19-year-old Curtis Jones who’s started the last two games in all competitions.

Jones thanked Klopp for his faith in him and believes he is learning more with each appearance.

“Especially in the team I’m playing in, the depth of the squad is big… there are a lot of players unavailable but for him and his staff to have the trust in me to put me out there on such a big level at such a young age is massive for me,” the No.17 told Premier League Productions.

“It’s definitely a positive. I can’t wait to get a few more appearances hopefully.

“I’ve always said that regardless of when I’m called upon, in any sort of game for however long he puts me on for, I’ll always give 100 per cent. I think that has paid off and now I’ve started to get rewarded with starting and stuff.

Even with Liverpool’s injury issues, I expect them to grab all three points against Brighton in a 2-0 win.

Odds on a Liverpool open at -162. Odds on a Brighton home win open at +425. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +310.

Liverpool v Atalanta Betting Prediction Matchday Four

Liverpool follow up their 3-0 win over Leicester City on the weekend with a second match-up with Italian side Atalanta.

The Reds decimated the free-scoring side 5-0 in the reverse fixture with Diogo Jota netting his first hat-trick in Liverpool colors.

Liverpool are unbeaten in the Champions League and are yet to concede in a competition which is a contrast to their defensive record in the Premier League, a competition in which they’ve conceded 16 goals, the most in the top half of the table.

With the upcoming winter schedule, teams playing in different competitions will need to rotate and with Liverpool’s mounting injury problems, Jurgen Klopp will find it harder than ever.

How Curtis Jones is Making Liverpool Fans Happy

The emergence of Curtis Jones as a regular squad player has been one of delight for the fans and especially the Liverpool natives to see one of their own in the starting line-up (as well as Trent Alexander-Arnold).

Klopp was asked about the midfielder’s development and he was ecstatic about the youngster’s growth since the German’s arrival in 2015.

“I’m five years in the club and I think five years ago I saw him the first time and everybody could see already what an exceptional player he can be. When you are in an environment like a top-class football team and you are one of the top talents in the club, a lot of things can happen to you as a person.

“His personal development is even more positive than his sports development. Great lad, really super player and it’s really good for us – last season already but this season especially. So, he just made the next step. I’m pleased for him and good for us as well.”

Jones is likely to start on Wednesday with Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara all out with injury where three points will be enough for Liverpool to qualify for the knockout stages.

Klopp was asked on whether a win against Atalanta could take the pressure off the final two matches of the group stages.

“Yeah, but you can only play one game. We cannot play two or three games in one. I know, it’s all clear, that’s all on the table, we don’t have to mention it. Everybody knows if we would win then some problems would be sorted, but that’s not the reason.”

Liverpool Betting Prediction to Take Advantage of a Cooling Atalanta Club

Atalanta’s form has cooled in recent months with one win in their last five league games and just three goals scored in their last three games which is quite minimal once you get used to Atalanta’s goalscoring exploits.

The Serie A side must get something from the game at Anfield if they have any hope of clinching the second seed ahead of Ajax who face Midtjylland tonight.

Liverpool will do the double over Atalanta but in a more tightly fought contest this time.

Odds on a Liverpool win open at -167. Odds on an Atalanta win open at +375. Odds on a draw between the two sides open at +350.