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HUGHTON PRAISES LIVERPOOL'S ATTACKING THREAT

2 December 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes this afternoon’s opponents Liverpool have very similar qualities to league leaders Manchester City in terms of style and substance.

The Reds visit the Amex Stadium today having won five out of the last seven, drawing the other two, and the Albion boss pointed to their armoury and attacking players likening them to Pep Guardiola’s men.

He said, “Liverpool are probably one of the closest teams to Manchester City in the top six in terms of the way they play and the threat they have against sides.

“I think the way they’re quite similar is that they have real speed in attacking areas and players like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane can counter quickly and attack you at real pace.

“They’ve conceded a few too but that’s the way they play and the philosophy they have - they’re making a lot of supporters happy and there’s a high entertainment value."

The hosts come into the contest having drawn their last four games at the Amex Stadium and the boss highlighted the need to maintain a level of performance against every opponent in order to be successful in the top flight. 

“We’re playing against good sides and it’s about performing every week - in the four draws at home I didn’t feel we definitely deserved to win and all of them could have gone either way. 

“The fact we’ve picked up good points away from home balances it out and generally we’ve got momentum now that we want to keep going, fortunately for us we’ve been able to pick from good options in attacking areas and we’ve done well with injuries too.”

Jurgen Klopp’s men have earned plaudits for their attacking displays this season and Salah tops the division’s goalscoring charts with 17 in all competitions so far. 

Hughton emphasised that their opponents fluidity in attack means his side will have to be fully focused throughout the game in order to get a good result against the Merseyside team.

“Liverpool are a side who are just as dangerous when we have the ball, because they can break very quickly. They have a lot of flexibility in the way they play and they have players at the top end of the pitch that give them a role-free licence.

“It’s a game where you have to be cautious because if you open it up too much they can hurt you. But we’re the home team and we have to approach the game in a way which allows us to do that.”

Chris Hughton’s full look ahead to this afternoon’s game with Liverpool is available exclusively on Seagulls TV


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