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PREVIEW: LIVERPOOL V ALBION

23 August 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion come up against Liverpool at Anfield.

Brighton & Hove Albion will be looking to claim their first Premier League points on the road this season, when they come up against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday, kick-off 5.30pm.

Chris Hughton’s side recorded an impressive 3-2 victory over Manchester United last time out, but their only away trip of the season so far ended in a 2-0 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road.

The match against the Reds will be shown live on BT Sport, and Jurgen Klopp’s side will look to record their third successive victory in the Premier League.

Liverpool are yet to concede a goal this season, but Hughton’s men travel to Anfield in confident mood, following their hard-working display at the Amex Stadium last Sunday.


TEAM NEWS:

Chris Hughton revealed Lewis Dunk is a doubt for Saturday's game against Liverpool, after the central defender missed training throughout the week.

Dunk left the field against Manchester United with an ankle injury, and Leon Balogun could come in for his first Premier League start at Anfield.

Bruno, Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone remain sidelined for the Seagulls.

Liverpool are expected to be without defender Dejan Lovren for this weekend’s clash at Anfield, as the Croatian continues his recovery from a minor injury.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains the only long-term absentee for Klopp’s team, after the 25-year-old suffered ligament damage to his knee towards the end of last season.




FORM:

The Seagulls caused an upset at the Amex last weekend, as they found the back of the net three times to send Jose Mourinho’s team back to Manchester empty-handed.

Glenn Murray’s stylish goal and Shane Duffy’s composed finish put Albion 2-0 ahead inside the opening half hour, but Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back for the Red Devils soon after.

Pascal Gross converted from the penalty spot to put Albion 3-1 ahead at the break, and despite Paul Pogba’s stoppage-time penalty in the second half, the Seagulls held on for victory.

The result came after Hughton’s team opened their 2018/19 Premier League account with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Watford, where a brace from Roberto Pereyra made the difference.

The Reds started the Premier League season in the same way they exited the previous one - a convincing 4-0 victory at Anfield, but this time against West Ham United.

Goals from Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane (2) and Daniel Sturridge secured all three points, before Monday night’s trip to Selhurst Park.

James Milner and Mane were on target against Crystal Palace, and the win kept Liverpool level on points with AFC Bournemouth, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Watford - all teams who have won back-to-back games.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 3
Murray 25
Duffy 27
Gross 44 pen

MANCHESTER UNITED 2
Lukaku 34
Pogba 90+5 pen

Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Dunk (Balogun 20), Duffy, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March; Gross (Kayal 90); Murray (Locadia 90+3).

Subs not used: Button (GK), Bernardo, Bissouma, Jahanbakhsh.



LAST TIME OUT: LIVERPOOL

CRYSTAL PALACE 0

LIVERPOOL 2
Milner 45 pen
Mane 90+3

Liverpool line-up: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner (Henderson 67), Wijnaldum, Keita (Lallana 87); Salah, Firmino (Sturridge 90+4), Mane.

Subs not used: Mignolet (GK), Moreno, Matip, Shaqiri.




LAST TIME WE MET:

Albion travelled to Anfield on the final day of the 2017/18 season, with the club’s Premier League safety already secured, following a memorable 1-0 win against Manchester United.

The hosts needed at least a point to guarantee their place in the UEFA Champions League for the 2018/19 season, and Klopp’s side made sure of victory with an impressive display against the Seagulls.

Goals from Salah and Dejan Lovren gave the Reds a 2-0 lead at the break, and further strikes from Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson in the second half rounded off a dominant performance from Klopp’s side.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Sadio Mane

The Senegalese attacker has made a fine start to the season with three goals in his opening two games - putting him well on track for continuing his record of reaching double figures in each of his seasons in the Premier League.

Mane hit ten goals for Southampton during his debut season, before notching 34 league goals for Liverpool across his following three campaigns in England.

As well as firing ten goals in the Premier League last season, the forward also managed the same number of goals in Liverpool’s run to the Champions League Final.

Mane was also on target at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, as he scored for Senegal in their 2-2 draw against Japan - but the Lions of Teranga were unable to reach the knockout phase.

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Match Reports

REPORT: LIVERPOOL 1 ALBION 0

25 August 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Shane Duffy fires a pass forward at Anfield.
  • Albion are narrowly beaten by Liverpool
  • Mohamed Salah scores for the hosts
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold hits the woodwork with a free-kick
  • Pascal Gross almost equalises in the closing stages
 
Brighton & Hove Albion were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Liverpool, despite an impressive display at Anfield.
 
Mohamed Salah’s strike was enough to give the Jurgen Klopp’s side all three points, but Albion will take plenty of plaudits following a positive and disciplined performance on Merseyside.
 
Chris Hughton gave Leon Balogun and Yves Bissouma their first Premier League starts, as the duo replaced the injured Lewis Dunk and Pascal Gross in the starting line-up.
 
The hosts created their first chance inside five minutes when Salah spotted the onrushing Sadio Mane, but the latter fired wide from close range.
 
Albion made inroads into the Liverpool defence through Anthony Knockaert, as the Frenchman’s low strike was saved by Alisson after being picked out by Glenn Murray.
 
But Brighton had Mathew Ryan to thank for keeping the score goalless moments later, when the Seagulls shot-stopper made an outstanding stop to keep out Roberto Firmino’s close-range header.
 
Dale Stephens was penalised for a challenge on Naby Keita on the edge of the area, and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s resulting set-piece clipped the top of Ryan's crossbar.
 
Liverpool’s pressure translated into a goal with 23 minutes on the clock, after Bissouma was caught in possession and the ball was played through to Salah - the Egyptian beat Ryan with a composed left-footed strike.
 
The hosts almost doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time through Firmino, but the Brazilian’s effort just cleared the crossbar.
 
Albion broke forward brilliantly after the re-start with some brilliant link-up play involving Murray and Knockaert. The Seagulls frontman did superbly to work his way into the box and find the Frenchman, who fired wide from close range.
 
Leon Balogun was shown the first yellow card of the game for a late challenge on James Milner, and the Yorkshireman played a short free-kick to Salah, allowing the Egyptian to cross for Joe Gomez, whose header was comfortably saved by Ryan.
 
Bissouma was a key protagonist in Albion’s attacking play and he was given the chance to level the scores with a free-kick, after Milner’s handball on the edge of the area.
 
The Malian stepped up to take the set-piece, only to see his strike take a deflection off the wall and go behind.
 
Albion’s defence had to be alert to keep tabs on Liverpool’s dangerous front three, as Balogun did well to force Firmino out wide, with the Brazilian’s shot comfortably kept out by Ryan.
 
The Seagulls rallied late on and Bissouma’s delivery caused all sorts of problems in the Reds' defence, before the ball was hacked clear.
 
It proved to be the Malian’s final contribution of a tireless display, as he was replaced by Gross, as Hughton went all out in search for a share of the spoils.

It almost proved a masterstroke from Hughton in the 88th minute, when Gross powerfully headed Martin Montoya's cross towards goal, but Alisson dived to his left-hand side to make a fine save.

The German's chance proved the final opportunity of the game, and despite a superb effort from the Seagulls, Hughton's side departed Anfield with pride but no points.
 
ALBION: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Balogun, Bong; Knockaert (Locadia 75), Stephens, Propper, March (Jahanbakhsh 75); Bissouma (Gross 79); Murray.
 
SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Bernardo, Suttner, Kayal.

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