Michael Owen predicts what many Brighton fans are thinking ahead of Liverpool

Brighton and Hove Albion face a stern test at the Amex Stadium against Premier League champions Liverpool as they hope to build on their victory at Aston Villa last week

Liverpool's Mo Salah scored twice against Brighton at the Amex last season
Liverpool's Mo Salah scored twice against Brighton at the Amex last season

Brighton impressed as they recorded a a fine 2-1 away win at previously in-form Aston Villa last Saturday. A first goal in Brighton colours for Danny Welbeck and brilliant winner from Solly March sealed their second win of the new season.

They remain a lowly 16th in the table but it took them to nine points from nine matches and keeps them away from the bottom three.

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Graham Potter's men have played some good football this season and the hope is that the new strike partnership of Neal Maupay and Danny Welbeck can provide a cutting edge to the fine approach play.

Brighton will however be without the talents of flying wing Tariq Lamptey who picked up a red card at Villa and is suspended for the Liverpool match.

Liverpool arrive on the back of a 2-0 Wednesday night defeat in the Champions League to Atalanta. Klopp has a long injury list and made a host of changes to the team that comfortably beat Leicester 3-0 last time out in the Premier League.

Klopp has complained about the 12.30pm kick-off time at the Amex, having played in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Brighton have had a full week to recover and prepare for injury-hit Liverpool but former Reds' striker Michael Owen still predicts a tricky afternoon for the Seagulls.

"Liverpool’s injury list is still growing," wrote Owen in his Betvictor Premier League predictions blog. "But we’ve seen the reaction in the Premier League, that you’d expect from the champions.

"If they get most of their key players back as we approach the business end of the season, I think the current squad should have enough quality to retain their crown.

"Brighton are a good team to watch. They can be dangerous, especially on the counter-attack as we witnessed last weekend at Villa Park.

"However, this is a step up, and although I think they can get on the scoresheet, I fancy Liverpool to come away with the points."