Mark Lawrenson predicts Liverpool FC v Brighton
BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson is tipping Liverpool FC to rout Brighton on Saturday
Mark Lawrenson is backing Liverpool FC to beat Brighton in the absence of Fabinho at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds suffered an injury blow on Wednesday night when Fabinho was replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum in the first half of their 1-1 draw with Napoli at Anfield.
Fabinho picked up a knock to his ankle but the Brazilian’s injury is more severe than Liverpool FC supporters first feared after he was ruled out for two months.
The 26-year-old suffered ligament damage and the Reds have confirmed that their defensive midfielder won’t feature again until 2020 in a potential blow to their title hopes.
Fabinho has been a key part of Liverpool FC’s success so far this season, shielding the Reds defence as well as getting on the score sheet in a 3-1 victory over Manchester City earlier this month.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is confident the Reds have enough to get past Brighton without their Brazilian midfielder at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
“It will be interesting to see whether Brighton will be as open and play from the back as they have been when they face Liverpool,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“The Seagulls have an attacking threat but Liverpool are of the mindset they can blow sides away.
“They may be without Fabinho for this one and he is a huge loss – he has been one of the players of the season – but I can’t see his absence having an impact on the outcome of this game.””
Liverpool FC are eight points clear of second-placed Leicester City ahead of the visit of Brighton on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds were 2-1 winners against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last weekend.
Liverpool FC are looking to win the Premier League title for the first time in their history.