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PREVIEW: ALBION V LIVERPOOL

30 November 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Liverpool to the Amex Stadium on Saturday, kick-off 3pm - in the first top-flight meeting between the sides since 1983, as Chris Hughton’s team look to return to winning ways.

The Seagulls head into the match after drawing with Stoke City and Crystal Palace at the Amex, either side of a respectable 1-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

After the latest round of Premier League fixtures, which included a goalless draw against the Eagles, Hughton’s side remain in the top half of the league table in tenth position.

Liverpool will make their second visit to the Amex after winning 2-1 in the Carling Cup back in 2011, and Jurgen Klopp’s team head south brimming with confidence after scoring three or more goals in six of their previous seven matches in all competitions.

TEAM NEWS:

Chris Hughton confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game, with Gaetan Bong available for selection and only Steve Sidwell sidelined through injury.

Liverpool will be without Joel Matip for the game, after the defender took a knock in their midweek victory over Stoke City.

Nathaniel Clyne remains a long-term absentee after suffering a back injury earlier in the season.

Adam Lallana is doubtful after missing the 3-0 victory at the Bet365 Stadium last time out, but defender Ragnar Klavan is expected to return from illness.

FORM:

ALBION: The Seagulls have just one defeat from their last seven Premier League matches, and are unbeaten at the Amex since their opening day loss to Manchester City.

Hughton’s team took a share of the spoils when Palace visited the south coast on Tuesday evening, as they bounced back from their narrow loss to Manchester United - where Ashley Young’s deflected strike made the difference.

Albion had won their previous two away games before their trip to Old Trafford, beating West Ham United and Swansea City 3-0 and 1-0 respectively.

LIVERPOOL: Klopp’s men have been scoring for fun in recent weeks and are unbeaten in their previous seven matches in all competitions - five victories and two draws.

In fact, all five of their victories have come by a three-goal margin - 3-0 (4) and 4-1 - with their two draws coming against Chelsea at Anfield and Sevilla in the Champions League.

Liverpool are unbeaten at Anfield this season, with their two league defeats coming against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on the road - while they’ve also recorded draws at Newcastle United and Watford.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 0

CRYSTAL PALACE 0

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo (March 71); Gross (Brown 82); Murray (Hemed 85).

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Goldson, Schelotto, Kayal.


LAST TIME OUT: LIVERPOOL



STOKE CITY 0

LIVERPOOL 3
Mane 17
Salah 77, 83

Liverpool line-up: Mignolet; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno; Can, Wijnaldum; Oxlade-Chamberlain (Milner 67), Firmino, Mane (Henderson 89); Solanke (Salah 67).

Subs not used: Karius (GK), Alexander-Arnold, Coutinho, Sturridge.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Mohamed Salah

The attacking midfielder has made a blistering start to his Liverpool career after signing from Roma during the summer - scoring 17 goals in his 21 appearances across the Premier League and Champions League.

The Egyptian has added more firepower to Klopp’s team, with the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philipe Coutinho already providing a potent attacking threat for the Merseyside club.

Salah is known for his speed and dribbling ability - but after joining the Reds, it seems the winger may be on for his best goalscoring campaign, as he leads the way early on as the Premier League’s top scorer.

The winger has scored braces in three of his last four games, with a single goal against Chelsea coming in the other - and even in his 23-minute second-half appearance against Stoke City, Salah managed to find the back of the net twice.

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REPORT: ALBION 1 LIVERPOOL 5

2 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Izzy Brown in action against Liverpool.

Brighton & Hove Albion's four game unbeaten home record came to an end with a 5-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday afternoon at the Amex Stadium.

A quick-fire first half double from Emre Can and Roberto Firmino was followed by another from Firmino three minutes after the restart. Phillipe Coutinho's brace added gloss to what the hosts will feel was a slightly harsh scoreline, with Glenn Murray's penalty which made it 3-1 getting Albion on the scoresheet.

Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace on Tuesday. Gaeten Bong came back into the side in place of Markus Suttner, and Izzy Brown replaced Jose Izquierdo on the home side’s left-hand side.

Liverpool had the defensive trio of Joe Gomez, Alberto Moreno and Joel Matip absent, whilst Ragnar Klavan returned to the bench for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The visitors started the brighter of the two sides, with Mohammed Salah seeing a close-range effort deflected behind and Firmino flicking a corner over the bar from the left-hand side.

The Seagulls' first chance of the game came on 16 minutes, Brown did well to work some space down the left-hand side and found Glenn Murray. The striker took a touch to set himself but could only fire high and wide from the centre of the area.

Anthony Knockaert then twisted and turned on the right and crossed into the box, but Dejan Lovren beat Murray to the aerial ball to snuff out the danger.

No sooner had Brighton established a foothold in the game than Klopp's men were ahead.

Coutinho delievered a corner from the right-hand side and Can rose highest to meet the set-piece in the area to head down the middle of the goal and past Maty Ryan.

Within 79 seconds the Seagulls found themselves further behind. A quick Liverpool counter-attack saw Salah find Coutinho, and the Brazilian midfielder fired the ball back across goal for his fellow countryman Firmino who had an easy finish to double the visitors' advantage in devastating fashion. 

Dale Stephens did well to track Salah after the Albion had surrendered possession to Coutinho on the left flank. The Brazilian looked to divert the ball in-field to the on-rushing Egyptian but the Albion midfielder intercepted before referee Graham Scott brought the half to a close.

There was a frantic start to the second half and Hughton's men had a glorious chance to halve the deficit when Brown's superb cross from the left found Murray in the centre. The striker met the ball on the half volley but Simon Mignolet blocked the effort - before another swift counter-attack saw Klopp's men score a third. 

The trio of Coutinho, Salah and Firmino once again combined and the latter finished off a free-flowing move from one end of the pitch to the other when he found the top corner.

But the Seagulls got their reward for a bright start to the second period immediately afterwards. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was ruled to have pushed Shane Duffy in the back from a corner and referee Scott pointed to the spot.

Murray stepped up cooly to convert the penalty into the top right-hand corner of the net and give the hosts a lifeline back into what was an entertaining and at times breathtaking contest.

Hughton then made a double switch with just over 20 minutes left to play as Jose Izquierdo and Solly March replaced Brown and Knockaert on either flank for the home side.

Murray volleyed wide after Duffy's good knock down soon after the double change, before Ezequiel Schelotto replaced Bruno with 14 minutes of the contest remaining.

Izquierdo played a slick one-two with Gross before being crowded out as he entered the area, but Liverpool soon scored a decisive fourth.

Coutinho fired a clever free-kick under the Albion wall having been brought down by Davy Propper and then added a deflected second for himself and a fifth for the visitors put the gloss on the scoreline for Liverpool and leave Albion 11th in the Premier League table.

Albion line-up: Ryan, Bruno (Schelotto 76) ©, Dunk, Duffy, Bong; Knockaert (March 69), Stephens, Propper, Brown (Izquierdo 69) Gross; Murray.

Subs not used: Krul, Goldson, Kayal, Hemed.

Liverpool line-up: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Can, Moreno, Milner, Henderson (Grujic 89) Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah (Oxlade-Chamberlain 78), Firmino (Solanke 87).

Subs not used: Karius, Klavan, Mane, Sturridge.

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IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR LIVERPOOL

30 November 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion supporters are being advised of the following important travel information ahead of the Premier League fixture against Liverpool at the Amex on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

All supporters are asked to head to the stadium as early as possible regardless of how they are travelling.

Trains: Southern Rail have informed the club that they will be operating a full matchday service, but fans are advised to check Southern’s website before travelling.

Park & Rides: The three sites at Mill Road, the University of Brighton site at Lewes Road and Brighton Racecourse are open from 12pm.

Please be advised that parking in the Brighton Racecourse will be on the market side of the site, and all supporters must enter the car park via Manor Hill. Disabled supporters will be able to enter via the normal gate at Freshfield Road and park on the hardstand, but must show their blue badges upon entry.

Car Parks: The Bridge (Car Park B) and Sussex University (Car Park C) have now completely sold out, and there will be no cash sales on the day.

All vehicles entering Sussex University must enter via Stanmer Park, as there will be no entry at Falmer or Knights Gate.

Car park 5 at Sussex University by the Sports Hall, is being utilised to enable fans to be dropped off and picked up before and after the match. This drop off /pick up point is a short walk through the underpass to the Amex stadium. There are also free shuttle buses in operation.

Seagull Travel:  Additional buses have been secured through Seagull Travel and spaces are available to pre book via the Seagull Travel website.
 
Drop Offs & Pick-Ups: There will be no pick-ups or drop-offs along Village Way either before or after the match.

This area will be extremely busy and congested and supporters are advised to avoid this area where possible, unless they have pre-booked parking.

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