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PREVIEW: ALBION V LIVERPOOL

30 November 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Liverpool to the Amex Stadium on Saturday, kick-off 3pm - in the first top-flight meeting between the sides since 1983, as Chris Hughton’s team look to return to winning ways.

The Seagulls head into the match after drawing with Stoke City and Crystal Palace at the Amex, either side of a respectable 1-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

After the latest round of Premier League fixtures, which included a goalless draw against the Eagles, Hughton’s side remain in the top half of the league table in tenth position.

Liverpool will make their second visit to the Amex after winning 2-1 in the Carling Cup back in 2011, and Jurgen Klopp’s team head south brimming with confidence after scoring three or more goals in six of their previous seven matches in all competitions.

TEAM NEWS:

Chris Hughton confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game, with Gaetan Bong available for selection and only Steve Sidwell sidelined through injury.

Liverpool will be without Joel Matip for the game, after the defender took a knock in their midweek victory over Stoke City.

Nathaniel Clyne remains a long-term absentee after suffering a back injury earlier in the season.

Adam Lallana is doubtful after missing the 3-0 victory at the Bet365 Stadium last time out, but defender Ragnar Klavan is expected to return from illness.

FORM:

ALBION: The Seagulls have just one defeat from their last seven Premier League matches, and are unbeaten at the Amex since their opening day loss to Manchester City.

Hughton’s team took a share of the spoils when Palace visited the south coast on Tuesday evening, as they bounced back from their narrow loss to Manchester United - where Ashley Young’s deflected strike made the difference.

Albion had won their previous two away games before their trip to Old Trafford, beating West Ham United and Swansea City 3-0 and 1-0 respectively.

LIVERPOOL: Klopp’s men have been scoring for fun in recent weeks and are unbeaten in their previous seven matches in all competitions - five victories and two draws.

In fact, all five of their victories have come by a three-goal margin - 3-0 (4) and 4-1 - with their two draws coming against Chelsea at Anfield and Sevilla in the Champions League.

Liverpool are unbeaten at Anfield this season, with their two league defeats coming against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on the road - while they’ve also recorded draws at Newcastle United and Watford.


LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 0

CRYSTAL PALACE 0

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo (March 71); Gross (Brown 82); Murray (Hemed 85).

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


LAST TIME OUT: LIVERPOOL



STOKE CITY 0

LIVERPOOL 3
Mane 17
Salah 77, 83

Liverpool line-up: Mignolet; Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno; Can, Wijnaldum; Oxlade-Chamberlain (Milner 67), Firmino, Mane (Henderson 89); Solanke (Salah 67).

Subs not used: Karius (GK), Alexander-Arnold, Coutinho, Sturridge.



PLAYER TO WATCH: Mohamed Salah

The attacking midfielder has made a blistering start to his Liverpool career after signing from Roma during the summer - scoring 17 goals in his 21 appearances across the Premier League and Champions League.

The Egyptian has added more firepower to Klopp’s team, with the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philipe Coutinho already providing a potent attacking threat for the Merseyside club.

Salah is known for his speed and dribbling ability - but after joining the Reds, it seems the winger may be on for his best goalscoring campaign, as he leads the way early on as the Premier League’s top scorer.

The winger has scored braces in three of his last four games, with a single goal against Chelsea coming in the other - and even in his 23-minute second-half appearance against Stoke City, Salah managed to find the back of the net twice.


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