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PROPPER: PERFECT WEEKEND AHEAD OF ANFIELD TEST

25 August 2018

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Davy Propper in action against Manchester United last weekend.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Davy Propper believes that last weekend’s win over Manchester United will give the side an ideal boost heading into this afternoon’s game with Liverpool. 

The Seagulls travel to Anfield today on the back of a 3-2 win over Manchester United at the Amex Stadium last weekend, and the Dutchman insists that the victory can help the team in this afternoon’s game on Merseyside.

He said, “They’re a tough team to stop at their best, they like to put you under pressure quickly if you lose possession.

“It can be very difficult to find spaces when you have the ball, but if you do, you can have some success against them and I hope we can do that this weekend. 

“The home fixture was very tough for us, but Sunday [against Manchester United] is the perfect confidence boost to go there and play our own game. 

“Everyone at this level knows how we play now and what we’re good at - I hope we can pick up points now that we’ve achieved good results against the bigger sides.”


The corresponding fixture came on the final day of the 2017/18 campaign when Jurgen Klopp’s men were 4-0 winners over Chris Hughton’s side – but Propper emphasised that the contest today would have a different feel to the one back in May.

“We’re going to Anfield in a different situation to the end of last season when we knew we were safe.

“We didn’t necessarily need the points like we do now, that will help us this time around. 

“We’re into a tough run of games to start the season, we targeted the first match to get some points, but we ended up getting them last weekend but that’s how the Premier League goes.

“We looked at the fixtures and we knew it would be difficult, but after the weekend it was great for us to relieve some of that pressure.”

 

The Holland international will pit his wits against two Dutch team-mates in the north west this afternoon, and he spoke highly of their exploits with Liverpool during their time at the club so far. 

“Virgil van Dijk is a good player and he played very well in May – the Dutch squad can really use players like him and I hope he continues his good form.

“Georgino [Wijnaldum] moved to Newcastle United and that created the space for me to join PSV. I think he goes under the radar slightly in the Liverpool side because of how many attacking players they have. 

“He’s important for the team, it’s perhaps the same as myself and Dale [Stephens] – we might not get so much attention but we’re important for the side, but Georgino is doing a good job.”

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