Sky Sports pundit states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Brighton

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to beat Brighton on Saturday afternoon

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Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to win “convincingly” against Brighton at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds are sitting in top spot in the Premier League table and eight points clear of second-placed Leicester City in the title race.

Liverpool FC were 2-1 winners against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last weekend thanks to Roberto Firmino’s 85th-minute winner.

The Merseyside outfit haven’t hit their top gear in the Premier League campaign so far but Jurgen Klopp’s side have still managed to win 12 of their opening 13 games.

Only Manchester United have managed to prevent the Reds from securing three points after a 0-0 stalemate at Old Trafford in October.

Brighton have only managed to earn four points on the road in the Premier League so far this season.

The Seagulls have lost three of their last five top-flight fixtures ahead of their trip to Anfield.

Former Arsenal star Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to “get the job done” against Brighton to maintain their stride in the Premier League title race.

“Looking at the fixture congestion, I keep picking an awkwardness and struggle for Liverpool. Crystal Palace was a struggle for them and they got lucky, which they have done on a few occasions. They look at this and it is about getting the job done,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“Mohamed Salah has had a rest and will turn up here. We may see one of the other three get a little rest. People may find it strange, but Liverpool want to win the Club World Cup.

“Would they rather have the Premier League? Of course. When it is there, the rare opportunities you get, you must go at it with high nature, especially a club with the history of Liverpool.

“They will get the job done and they will do it convincingly. What type of Brighton team are we going to see or how do they approach this? Liverpool will get to 60 minutes and get another box ticked.

“The job will be done professionally and on to the next they go.”

Liverpool FC can equal their longest unbeaten top-flight run of 31 games, set between May 1987 and March 1988, if they manage to avoid defeat at home to Brighton on Saturday.

The Reds have a great record against Brighton in the Premier League, having won the last seven meetings in all competitions, scoring 22 goals and conceding just five.

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