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30 November 2017

Mark Lawrenson, Jimmy Case and Dean Saunders in their Albion days.

With Brighton & Hove Albion welcoming Liverpool to the Amex on Saturday afternoon, here are three players - including two European Cup winners - that have played for both clubs over the years.

Mark Lawrenson

After beginning his career with Preston North End, a 19-year-old Lawrenson signed for the Seagulls in the summer of 1977 for £100,000. The defender made his Albion debut in a 1-1 draw against Southampton at The Dell and went on to secure his position in the heart of defence, as he made over 150 appearances for Alan Mullery’s team. Lawrenson’s first Albion goal came in the reverse fixture against the Saints, but after four seasons on the south coast - one of which that led to Albion's promotion to the top flight - the Republic of Ireland international switched to Liverpool for £900,000 - a club record transfer for the Reds at the time.

Lawrenson settled in well at Anfield, forming a strong defensive partnership with Alan Hansen. Liverpool clinched the Division One title and the League Cup in the central defender’s first full season at the club, but Lawrenson’s biggest achievement came in his third campaign on Merseyside, as he started against Roma and won the European Cup in 1984. Lawrenson went on to feature over 240 times for the English giants - winning five league titles - and he scored against the Seagulls when Liverpool won 3-1 at Anfield in 1982.

Jimmy Case

The midfielder began his senior career with Liverpool after being plucked from non-league in 1973. It took Case a few seasons to establish himself as a regular, but the trophies soon began to stack up for the Liverpudlian, as the Reds were crowned champions of England and won the UEFA Cup in his first full season. The first of three historic European Cup victories followed in 1977, as Case featured for Liverpool in their 3-1 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach. After also winning four league titles, the well-thought-of Englishman moved to the Goldstone Ground for £450,000, in a make-weight deal that saw Mark Lawrenson go the other way.

Case scored his first Albion goal in a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough at the start of the 1981/82 season, and also found the back of the net in the memorable 3-3 draw against his former employers at the Goldstone. The attacking midfielder played an imperative role in the club’s FA Cup run the following campaign, scoring against Manchester City, Liverpool, Norwich City and Sheffield Wednesday en route to the final. His stunning free-kick against Wednesday at Highbury goes down as one of the most eye-catching strikes in the club’s history. After moving to Southampton and a host of other clubs, Case returned for a second spell at the club between 1993-1996, where he also served as player-manager.

Dean Saunders

The Welshman signed for Albion from Swansea City in August 1985 and hit the ground running with 19 goals in his first season at the Goldstone Ground. His first goal came against Barnsley at Oakwell, and the striker was also on target against Albion’s rivals Crystal Palace as they won 2-0 on New Year’s Day. But after his goalscoring exploits eased on the south coast, Saunders signed for Oxford United in Division One to put an end to his spell with the Seagulls.

After ending up at Derby County, where Saunders made over 100 appearances, Liverpool were next to come in to secure the pacey forward’s services. The Merseyside club paid £2.9 million for Saunders to partner Ian Rush up front at Anfield, as the Welsh pair took their partnership from international level to the top flight of English football. Saunders finished as the club’s top goalscorer in his only season at the club, and also helped Liverpool lift a fifth FA Cup in the club’s history.

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