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FA Cup 4th round – How the Reds nightmare defeat might go away



Jurgen Klopp labelled Liverpool’s 3-0 loss at Brighton in the Premier League in January the worst defeat of his managerial career, which is quite some statement when you consider that spans 22 years and 1000 games.

However, such was the Reds’ humbling on the south coast that day that few could really argue with that assessment from the German, who takes his side back to the Amex on Sunday for managerial contest No 10001 and a chance for swift revenge.

Liverpool saw off Wolves 1-0 in their third-round replay to set up Sunday lunchtime’s return trip to Brighton, however, Klopp has been keen to avoid using the R-word in the buildup.


“We wanted to go to the next round and we knew already Brighton was the opponent,” he said after that Molineux victory. “My job is not to be big mouthed, but the idea is when we go there, that we try to play better than last time.”


Which should not be hard, although Klopp and Co will need to do more than simply just play better this time around to get a result against a team who have caused them a multitude of issues in recent fixtures, scoring three times in each of their past two encounters.

As the holders, though, and with this competition their best chance of silverware this season, Liverpool will have added motivation to ensure this weekend’s visit to the south coast is one to remember, rather than forget, on this occasion.

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Liverpool have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Enzo Fernandez(opens in new tab), who has starred at World Cup 2022.

Jurgen Klopp has reacted to an injury(opens in new tab) that will keep Luis Diaz on the sidelines for three months, describing the development as a “smash in the face”.

And the Reds and Tottenham could go head-to-head(opens in new tab) for Morocco international Sofyan Amrabat next month.

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Moises Caicedo could be one of two Brighton midfielders heading to Merseyside: the Reds are said to be in a four-way race to sign Alexis Mac Allister, with three European sides also reportedly keen on the Argentine World Cup winner.

Liverpool are also thought to be working on a £44m summer deal for Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes, while they could go head-to-head with Tottenham for for Sofyan Amrabat, who starred for Morocco at Qatar 2022.

In other news, recent Anfield arrival Cody Gakpo has revealed that compatriot Virgil van Dijk influenced his decision to join the Reds.