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2 December 2017

Paul Hazlewoo
Dale Stephens fires at goal against Crystal Palace.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Dale Stephens expressed his excitement for Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Liverpool at the Amex, but highlighted the attacking qualities of Jurgen Klopp’s free-scoring team.

The Reds travel to the south coast after scoring 28 goals in their previous nine matches in all competitions, but Stephens insists the Seagulls won’t alter their own game as they look to extend their unbeaten home run to eight matches.

He said, “It’s another challenge for us and another big game down at the Amex. We’re confident going into the game after another point in the week - the boys are very much looking forward to it.

“This is what we’ve worked hard for over the last two, three years at this club. We’re finally here and we’re enjoying playing at this level. The games don’t come much better than Liverpool at home.

“They’re a different side to Manchester United for example. They’re a quick team that very much play on the counter-attack, they bring a lot of quality in the players they’ve got.

“But we won't set up any differently compared to any other game. We know what we’re good at and we won’t veer away too much from that. We’re solid defensively and we’ll have to be again at the weekend.”

Stephens reflected on Albion’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United seven days ago, and admitted his slight frustration at not taking more points from their most recent games.

“The game at Old Trafford was tough considering the quality side that Manchester United are, but we probably proved a point to ourselves more than anything.

“We put in a good performance and with a little bit more quality in the final third, we might have nicked a point.

“I’m probably a tad disappointed. The performances have generally been good, without getting the points that we probably have warranted.

“We’re not getting beaten, so we’re confident and looking forward to another home game.”

Today’s game will see the Merseyside club visit the Amex for the second time, and Stephens commented on his respect for the club’s rich history and one of their former stars, Steven Gerrard.

“I’m a northern boy and I’ve been to Anfield a couple of times. I was more of a fan when Gerrard and Owen were coming through. I’m a big fan of what Liverpool have done over the years.

“They took over English football, a little bit before my time, but I certainly enjoyed Steven Gerrard playing in the Premier League.

“He was one of my favourite players growing up as a kid - with a few others such as Paul Scholes and Roy Keane. You generally watch them all, but he’s one of the players that stood out and I looked up to him.”

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