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PREVIEW: LIVERPOOL V ALBION

23 August 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion come up against Liverpool at Anfield.

Brighton & Hove Albion will be looking to claim their first Premier League points on the road this season, when they come up against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday, kick-off 5.30pm.

Chris Hughton’s side recorded an impressive 3-2 victory over Manchester United last time out, but their only away trip of the season so far ended in a 2-0 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road.

The match against the Reds will be shown live on BT Sport, and Jurgen Klopp’s side will look to record their third successive victory in the Premier League.

Liverpool are yet to concede a goal this season, but Hughton’s men travel to Anfield in confident mood, following their hard-working display at the Amex Stadium last Sunday.


TEAM NEWS:

Chris Hughton revealed Lewis Dunk is a doubt for Saturday's game against Liverpool, after the central defender missed training throughout the week.

Dunk left the field against Manchester United with an ankle injury, and Leon Balogun could come in for his first Premier League start at Anfield.

Bruno, Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone remain sidelined for the Seagulls.

Liverpool are expected to be without defender Dejan Lovren for this weekend’s clash at Anfield, as the Croatian continues his recovery from a minor injury.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains the only long-term absentee for Klopp’s team, after the 25-year-old suffered ligament damage to his knee towards the end of last season.




FORM:

The Seagulls caused an upset at the Amex last weekend, as they found the back of the net three times to send Jose Mourinho’s team back to Manchester empty-handed.

Glenn Murray’s stylish goal and Shane Duffy’s composed finish put Albion 2-0 ahead inside the opening half hour, but Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back for the Red Devils soon after.

Pascal Gross converted from the penalty spot to put Albion 3-1 ahead at the break, and despite Paul Pogba’s stoppage-time penalty in the second half, the Seagulls held on for victory.

The result came after Hughton’s team opened their 2018/19 Premier League account with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Watford, where a brace from Roberto Pereyra made the difference.

The Reds started the Premier League season in the same way they exited the previous one - a convincing 4-0 victory at Anfield, but this time against West Ham United.

Goals from Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane (2) and Daniel Sturridge secured all three points, before Monday night’s trip to Selhurst Park.

James Milner and Mane were on target against Crystal Palace, and the win kept Liverpool level on points with AFC Bournemouth, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Watford - all teams who have won back-to-back games.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

ALBION 3
Murray 25
Duffy 27
Gross 44 pen

MANCHESTER UNITED 2
Lukaku 34
Pogba 90+5 pen

Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Dunk (Balogun 20), Duffy, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March; Gross (Kayal 90); Murray (Locadia 90+3).

Subs not used: Button (GK), Bernardo, Bissouma, Jahanbakhsh.



LAST TIME OUT: LIVERPOOL

CRYSTAL PALACE 0

LIVERPOOL 2
Milner 45 pen
Mane 90+3

Liverpool line-up: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner (Henderson 67), Wijnaldum, Keita (Lallana 87); Salah, Firmino (Sturridge 90+4), Mane.

Subs not used: Mignolet (GK), Moreno, Matip, Shaqiri.




LAST TIME WE MET:

Albion travelled to Anfield on the final day of the 2017/18 season, with the club’s Premier League safety already secured, following a memorable 1-0 win against Manchester United.

The hosts needed at least a point to guarantee their place in the UEFA Champions League for the 2018/19 season, and Klopp’s side made sure of victory with an impressive display against the Seagulls.

Goals from Salah and Dejan Lovren gave the Reds a 2-0 lead at the break, and further strikes from Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson in the second half rounded off a dominant performance from Klopp’s side.




PLAYER TO WATCH: Sadio Mane

The Senegalese attacker has made a fine start to the season with three goals in his opening two games - putting him well on track for continuing his record of reaching double figures in each of his seasons in the Premier League.

Mane hit ten goals for Southampton during his debut season, before notching 34 league goals for Liverpool across his following three campaigns in England.

As well as firing ten goals in the Premier League last season, the forward also managed the same number of goals in Liverpool’s run to the Champions League Final.

Mane was also on target at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, as he scored for Senegal in their 2-2 draw against Japan - but the Lions of Teranga were unable to reach the knockout phase.


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