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PREVIEW: LIVERPOOL V ALBION

11 May 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion travel to Anfield on Sunday to play Liverpool in the Premier League.

Brighton & Hove Albion meet Liverpool at Anfield in their final Premier League match of the season on Sunday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls secured safety against Manchester United last Friday, but lost 3-1 against Manchester City on Wednesday night at the home of the Premier League champions.

The Reds are yet to secure their place in the Champions League for next season, but Jurgen Klopp’s side need a just point to all but mathematically guarantee a top-four finish.

Victory for Chris Hughton’s team can lift them as high as tenth in the Premier League, with four teams currently sitting above the Seagulls by just a one-point advantage.


TEAM NEWS:

Chris Hughton has no fresh injury concerns for the visit to Anfield - with Steve Sidwell still the side's only absentee.

The hosts are without Joel Matip (thigh), Joe Gomez (ankle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), while Emre Can is still to return to training following a back issue.

Adam Lallana is fit to play a part, but Sadio Mane was absent from training on Wednesday.


REVERSE FIXTURE:

Liverpool inflicted Albion’s biggest defeat of the season when they visited the Amex back in December, as Klopp’s men performed exceptionally well to win 5-1.

A goal from Emre Can and Roberto Firmino’s brace gave the Reds a 3-0 lead before Glenn Murray restored hope for the Seagulls from the penalty spot after the break.

But a late strike from Philippe Coutinho and Lewis Dunk’s own goal ensured the visitors would return north with an impressive scoreline under their belt.


FORM:

The Seagulls recorded a three-match unbeaten run to secure their survival in the Premier League for another season, before defeat came at Manchester City on Wednesday night.

Leonardo Ulloa equalised for Hughton’s men, but the Premier League champions scored twice more to seal a 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Albion had previously beaten City’s rivals Manchester United at the Amex Stadium, when Pascal Gross headed the winning goal to spark jubilant scenes on the south coast.

Hughton’s side recorded back-to-back draws beforehand against Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex and then Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Reds have gone three Premier League games without a win, after Chelsea sealed a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge last time out, which followed a goalless draw against Stoke City at Anfield.

Their recent indifferent run of league form began when West Bromwich Albion recovered from two goals down at The Hawthorns to draw 2-2 against Klopp's men.

But the highlight of the month came in the Champions League, when Sunday's hosts secured a 7-6 aggregate semi-final victory over AC Roma, despite the Italians winning the second leg 4-2 on the night.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

MANCHESTER CITY 3
Danilo 16
B.Silva 34
Fernandinho 72

ALBION 1
Ulloa 20

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo (March 79); Gross (Kayal 73); Ulloa (Locadia 73).

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


LAST TIME OUT: LIVERPOOL



CHELSEA 1
Giroud 32

LIVERPOOL 0

Liverpool line-up: Karius; Clyne (Henderson 59), Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson (Solanke 74); Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Milner (Moreno 89); Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Subs not used: Mignolet (GK), Klavan, Woodburn, Ings.




ONE TO WATCH: MOHAMED SALAH

The Egyptian has blown away the Premier League this season, en route to picking up the PFA Player of the Season Award, following his 43 goals in all competitions - 31 in the English top flight.

The 25-year-old has also found the back of the net 11 times in the Champions League this season - including the qualifying stage - which has helped Liverpool reach another European final.

Salah’s skill, pace and accuracy in front of goal has caused problems for most opponents this season, and the forward will be looking to end the season with European silverware to add to his individual honours.

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Match Reports

REPORT: LIVERPOOL 4 ALBION 0

13 May 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Solly March gets past Andy Robertson at Anfield.
  • Salah gives Liverpool the lead
  • Lovren heads in a second for the hosts
  • Solanke and Robertson find the net after the break
  • Seagulls end Premier League campaign in 15th position

Brighton & Hove Albion fell to a 4-0 defeat against Liverpool on the final day of the season at Anfield.

First-half goals from Mohamed Salah and Dejan Lovren were added to by Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson in the second period as the curtain came down on Albion’s first Premier League campaign. 

Chris Hughton made four changes to the side that had faced Manchester City on Wednesday night, with Ezequiel Schelotto, Beram Kayal, Solly March and Jurgen Locadia coming in for Bruno, Pascal Gross, Jose Izquierdo and Glenn Murray. 

The first openings of the contest fell to the home side - Roberto Firmino’s shot was well-blocked by Shane Duffy on the edge of the Albion penalty area, before Jordan Henderson fizzed a shot wide of Maty Ryan’s right-hand post. 

Solanke then nearly profited from Duffy’s misjudged clearance, but Ryan was off his line well to smother the ball before the forward. 

Salah then went down under a challenge from the Irish defender as he entered the area, but referee Kevin Friend waved away the protests before Sadio Mane’s shot from close range was blocked by Ryan at his near post. 

March reached the byline on 22 minutes, but his clever cross couldn’t find an Albion shirt in the middle, and the hosts then took the lead four minutes later.

Trent Alexander-Arnold drove towards Albion’s backline, before Solanke picked up possession on the edge of the area and Salah then turned sharply and fired into the bottom corner past Ryan. 

Mane then got in-behind and squared for Salah, but as the ball was rolled into the path of the Egyptian, Ryan did superbly to parry his effort before Duffy blocked the resulting shot equally as impressively on the line.

Georginio Wijnaldum then drew Ryan into a more routine stop ten minutes before the interval, and Firmino fired over at the far post as the home side continued to keep the Seagulls penned predominantly in their own half.

Kayal broke forward and squared for March, forcing Loris Karius into his first save of the afternoon, before Lovren doubled the home side’s advantage on 40 minutes. 

A corner found its way back out to Andy Robertson on the left, and the Scotsman’s whipped cross was headed into the corner by the Croatian central defender. 

Firmino forced Ryan into a stop down to his right five minutes after the restart, before Solanke gave Liverpool a further grip on the game after 53 minutes. 

March’s attempted cross was blocked, allowing the home side to break, and Salah eventually laid the ball into the path of the young forward who fired into the roof of the net.

Murray and Gross then replaced Locadia and Kayal with just over half an hour left to play, before Ryan was alert to tip Firmino’s close-range effort over the bar. 

Conor Goldson replaced Duffy with 20 minutes remaining, after the Irishman had taken a heavy fall a few moments earlier, and Adam Lallana came on for Mane as the home side made their first change.

Murray then met March’s cross at the far post but couldn’t find a teammate with his knockdown, and Salah was replaced by Ben Woodburn in the final moments of the game, with Danny Ings also coming on for Firmino.

There was still time for Robertson to fire home via a deflection before the end of the contest, and Friend then brought the afternoon and Albion’s season to a close.

Albion line-up: Ryan; Schelotto, Dunk ©, Duffy (Goldson 71), Bong; Kayal (Gross 57), Stephens, Propper; Knockaert, Locadia (Murray 57), March.

Subs not used: Krul, Bruno, Suttner, Ulloa.

Liverpool line-up: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson ©, Wijnaldum, Salah (Woodburn 84), Mane (Lallana 74), Firmino (Ings 84), Solanke. 

Subs not used: Mignolet, Clyne, Klavan, Moreno.

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