Former Reds Adam Lallana is a doubt for Brighton ahead of Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth round trip after picking up a “minor” injury at the weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s side return to the Amex on Sunday, just 15 days after learning from a 3-0 defeat that exposed a host of problems this season.
The manager called the defeat the “worst game” he could remember, a real “low point” for the Reds, desperate for confidence.
Wolverhampton were given the impetus to settle this tie in the fourth round and Brighton could do without Lallana in the clash after picking up a muscle injury at Leicester on Saturday.
The Seagulls drew 2-2 at the King Power and 18-year-old Evan Ferguson scored late on to deny Brendan Rodgers’ side all three points.
Lallana watched most of the action from the sidelines after coming off after half an hour with a muscle injury that leaves him in contention to be fit for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday.
“I think it’s a muscle injury” Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi told reporters. “Usually we play better with Lallana on the pitch.
“But I think we probably played better in the second half. We were stronger in the last part of the pitch when we attacked.
“We were stronger but Lallana is a very, very important player.”
Lallana himself said on Instagram that the injury was a “small problem” and that he “will be back soon enough”.
With an extensive injury history, you wonder if it’s worth the risk against the Reds, even if he can prove his fitness in time.
Levi Colville and Jakub Moder remain sidelined by Brighton, while Liverpool are likely to welcome Darwin Nunes back into the XI after his 27th-minute appearance on the bench against Chelsea.