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HUGHTON ON: LIVERPOOL

1 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion manager Chris Hughton speaking to the media.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton sat down with the media on Thursday afternoon ahead of Saturday's fixture with Liverpool at the Amex Stadium.

He discussed the threat of the weekend's opponents, his opposition number in the dugout, the form of an Anfield attacker in particular and also provided an Albion injury update.



DEALING WITH OPPOSITION FIREPOWER

"You have to approach the game with their quality in mind. If you’re over expansive then you can get beaten by any of the big sides. I was at Arsenal vs Huddersfield this week and for long periods of the game Huddersfield played well with a good shape to them.

"But then in a short period of time, the score changes and that’s what happens with the big sides. You only have to look at the goal-scoring individuals and the record they’ve got.

"You have to try and minimise the space they’ve got and also not sit back too much either and be too defensive."



JURGEN KLOPP
 

"I’ve not met him personally before but what you see is what you get. He’s got a great enthusiasm for the game and a good CV from Germany.

"Sometimes it takes a bit of time to get what you want from a side when you’re new to a job. 

"This is probably one of the best periods he’s had with the team since he arrived, given the form the side are currently in."

SALAH IN FORM 

"He’ll be difficult to face that’s for sure. He’s been in good form for the last few seasons but most people in England may not have been so aware of that. 

"At the moment he’s outstanding – he started on the bench on Wednesday and still managed to come on and score two goals, and that shows the real quality he has.

"He scores different types of goals as well, we’re very conscious of both his form and his abilities ahead of Saturday."

CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH AND EXPECTATIONS

"Gaetan [Bong] had a niggle that we didn't want to risk on Tuesday, with a busy period at the moment, but he'll be back at the weekend.

"We’re very fortunate at the moment with the fact we’re in a good place with injuries, and we don’t have anything else to report. Steve [Sidwell] is the only one not available to us at the moment.

"We’ve done well so far this season, the pressure around the club invariably arises when things aren’t going so well. At this moment we’re excelling expectations at this stage and I think we’ve had more good weeks than bad ones so far.

"But we’re always conscious of the tough games coming up and as a group you have to stay as level-headed as possible."


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