Watch: ’s pre-match press conference – Liverpool vs Brighton

spoke to reporters at Melwood ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Brighton on Saturday.

The Reds welcome Graham Potter’s side to Anfield on as they look to further consolidate their position at the top of the Premier League table.

With Liverpool having played an intense 90 minutes against in midweek, Klopp insisted his side must be ready against an “exciting” Brighton side.

“We play Brighton with a very, very exciting development,” Klopp told reporters.

“When you see them playing now – how they play, the way they play, the possession they have; I think they are seventh or so for possession in the league. Against City they had 48 [per cent] or so, they play proper football.

“They really have their own plan and I respect that a lot. Graham is doing a really good job there. It’s just a tough one.

“After that game pretty much everybody has three games a week coming up now with different cup competitions. But Brighton had a full week to prepare and they are innovative.

“They think a lot about football obviously, and so they will come here and try to get the points. I’m 100 per cent sure, no doubt about that. And we have to be ready, three days after a very intense game against .”

The boss reacted to news that would be out of action until for up to eight weeks. He also ruled back in contention after he missed midweek through illness.

Liverpool vs Napoli
Image: Liverpool FC via Getty Images

“Of course, that’s absolutely bad news. Nothing good to say about that,” Klopp said on ’s absence. “About a timeframe or how long it will take, we are not sure.

“But it looks pretty sure that he will not be involved in the Christmas fixtures, let me say it like this. It obviously takes a while.”

Fabinho would have been absent from this weekend’s fixture due to suspension, however, his prolonged absence will be a big blow to the way the Reds usually set up.

It will be intriguing to see whether his replacement – whether that be , , or – is able to come into the side against the Seagulls and make an instant impact.

Explore

LFC News

Official: Premier League confirm 2019/20 season suspended due to Coronavirus

The Premier League has confirmed the 2019/20 season will be suspended until at least April 4 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Premier League had...

BREAKING: Liverpool’s clash against Everton called off ahead of official Premier League decision

Liverpool’s clash against Everton on Monday night is to be postponed after a member of the Everton first-team showed signs of coronavirus. Jürgen Klopp’s...

In Photos: Liverpool knocked out of Champions League as Atletico stun Anfield

All the snaps as Atletico Madrid came from behind to beat Liverpool 3-2 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate in the Champions League...

Liverpool 2-3 Atletico Madrid (2-4 agg) – As it happened & reaction

Keep up with all the live updates as Liverpool host Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night. The reigning European champions will be...

Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid – Preview & Worldwide TV Info

Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid live streaming available - Watch live online as Liverpool host Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Champions League Anfield 11...

Confirmed Liverpool team vs Atletico: Skipper returns in midfield

Jurgen Klopp has named his Liverpool team for this evening's crunch Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid at Anfield. The Reds boss makes two changes...

Liverpool 2-3 Atletico Madrid (2-4 agg) – Highlights and Goals (Video)

Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid highlights: Liverpool were knocked out of the Champions League last-16 after losing 4-2 on aggregate to Atletico. Liverpool 2-3 Atletico Madrid ‣...