Tariq Lamptey is out of Brighton v Liverpool next week. The young full-back played brilliantly against the Reds back in July.
Brighton beat Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday but it came at a cost. Tariq Lamptey picked up a second yellow card in stoppage time, earning himself a one-game suspension.
And that game will be at home against Liverpool next Saturday lunchtime. Brighton will now face the Reds without a player who played brilliantly the last time the two teams faced.
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Lamptey absolutely terrorised Liverpool’s left-flank at the Amex Stadium back in July. For the first-half, anyway.
The then-19-year-old essentially came up against left-back Neco Williams, who Jurgen Klopp tried out of position. It didn’t work, however, and Lamptey ran riot against Liverpool.
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He completed the most dribbles in the game (3), had the sixth most touches (60), and gave the assist for Brighton’s goal. He was so good that Williams went off at half-time, unable to cope with Lamptey.
Liverpool can certainly do with little boosts like this. They’re depleted themselves and while we hope one or two can recover in a week, it definitely won’t be the first-choice XI.
Lamptey will be a big loss for Brighton, too. He ranks in their top five for tackles, interceptions, crosses, key passes, and dribbles – a well-rounded, effective full-back. [All stats per Whoscored]
So they’ll miss him. Which certainly benefits Liverpool, who should be able to control the left-flank very effectively next Saturday.
It’s a game we expect Liverpool to win regardless, of course, but perhaps this opens the door to wrapping it up quite comfortably.