Blood Red: Keita worries, an unexpected defence, and Liverpool's striker dilemma

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Blood Red: Keita worries, an unexpected defence, and Liverpool's striker dilemma
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It's Friday, which means one thing... it's the Blood Red podcast.

And joining host Joe Rimmer and Paul Gorst on the latest episode is our Liverpool FC correspondent James Pearce, who kicks off the pod by giving an update on the walking wounded.

Unless Joel Matip makes an unlikely recovery, there's every chance the Reds will have to line-up with a midfielder alongside Virgil van Dijk against Brighton. But which one? Had it not been for a late injury, James reveals the heart of Klopp's defence at Wolves would have contained two midfielders.

A player dropping into the backline could give an opportunity for Naby Keita the chance to shine at the Amex. But does he deserve it? And does Klopp trust him to do the job?

Gorsty, James and, in particular, Joe are worried about a player so much was expected of.

But Keita can take heart from Andy Robertson, who used last season's corresponding fixture with Brighton to kick-start a remarkable year that has seen him develop into one of the best left-backs in Europe.

There's a lot of respect for Liverpool's opponents on Saturday, and their forever-young manager, before talk turns to Klopp's frontline and the difficulties he has in getting his own Gabriel Jesus.

And, of course, the usual line-up and score predictions.

Enjoy.

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