Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson believes Brighton could cause the Reds real problems tomorrow, according to the Echo.

Dejan Lovren limped off injured within the first five minutes of Liverpool’s 2-1 FA Cup loss to Wolves on Monday night, leaving Jurgen Klopp with just one fit senior centre-back in Virgil van Dijk.

Fabinho is likely to start in the heart of defence again alongside van Dijk, and while Lawrenson thinks the Seagulls represent a genuine attacking threat, he has backed his former team to return to winning ways after back-to-back losses.

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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 07: Dejan Lovren of Liverpool receives help before leaving the pitch injured during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at Molineux on January 7, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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“Liverpool have got a problem in central defence with Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip injured, and I suspect Fabinho will play there – I can’t see what else Klopp would do,” said Lawrenson.

“Ki-Jana Hoever did great when he came on for Lovren against Wolves, but you would not want to chuck a 16-year-old in at Brighton because he would have Glenn Murray to contend with.

“I know the Seagulls are not the most attacking team, and Liverpool turned them over easily at Amex Stadium last season, but Murray against a kid? No, he would have too much experience for him.

“This is a really good test for Liverpool, on the back of their defeat by Manchester City and then their defeat at Molineux after Klopp decided the FA Cup was not in his top two priorities.

“It would clearly be preferable for Liverpool to be at Anfield as they look to bounce back this weekend, especially because the thing about Brighton is that they are very good at stopping teams from playing.

“Brighton have got a good home record too, which is why I am going for a draw here.

“I don’t know whether this might be a little bump in the road for Liverpool but, if I am right and they drop points on Saturday, I would also back them to return to winning ways in their home games against Crystal Palace and Leicester before the end of the month.

“There are 11 days between the Palace and Leicester matches and, because Liverpool are out of the FA Cup, Klopp will be able to give his players a few days off to rest their bodies, and clear their heads.”

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