Liverpool will be hoping for a winning start to their hectic pre-World Cup schedule when they host Brighton at Anfield, with Virgil van Dijk aiming to extend a record and Mohamed Salah potentially breaking another.
Van Dijk is still unbeaten in all 67 home league games he’s played for Liverpool, having surpassed the record Lee Sharpe set (59) for Man United in March.
The Egyptian’s next goal will see him move into outright eighth place on the club’s all-time league scorers list and move to within two goals of Jack Parkinson in seventh. Salah currently has 120 goals in the top-flight.
Recent struggles against the Seagulls
Liverpool have won just one of their last four league encounters with Brighton, scoring five times in that sequence.
The last Anfield meeting between the two teams was a 2-2 draw last October.
The away side are on their longest unbeaten run at Anfield (two matches) since losing 2-1 in November 2019.
This will be the 27th league meeting between the teams – Liverpool have 15 wins to their name, and Brighton three.
Of the 35 previous meetings in all competitions the Reds have won 20 and Brighton five, with 10 draws.
New beginnings for Brighton
Roberto Di Zerbi will take charge for the first time. The 43-year old has managed more than 300 times in his career with six clubs, latterly Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.
They have won four of their six league games so far with one draw and a solitary defeat away to Fulham.
Their 5-2 win over Leicester saw them score five goals in a top-flight league game for the first time in their history, in what was their 364th game at that level.
Alexis MacAllister has scored three penalties this season in the opening six league games.
A game of few goals?
Brighton have kept three league clean sheets this season.
Liverpool are undefeated in the last 81 league outings at home in front of fans and in the last 77 with a full house, since losing to Crystal Palace in April 2017.
Other Liverpool landmarks
Fabinho could make his 150th start for Liverpool in all competitions on Saturday.
When finding the net in the Reds win over Ajax at Anfield last month Joel Matip registered a goal for the 14th consecutive season of his senior career.
Andy Madley will be in charge at Anfield, having never reffed a meeting between these 2 teams before.
He has issued 14 yellow cards in four top-flight games this season, overseeing Liverpool’s opening day draw against Fulham in August.
This season’s scorers
Liverpool: Diaz 4, Salah 4, Firmino 3, Alexander-Arnold 2, Carvalho 2, Nunez 2, Elliott 1, Matip 1, van Dijk 1, own goals 1
Brighton: MacAllister 4, Gross 3, Trossard 2, Alzate 1, Caicedo 1, Ferguson 1, Undav 1, own goals 1
* Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea (@ged0407).