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15 December 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Davy Propper believes the team can take confidence from their performance against Liverpool earlier this season when Chelsea visit the Amex Stadium tomorrow afternoon. 

Albion were narrowly beaten 1-0 at Anfield against the Reds back in August, following a 5-1 defeat against Jurgen Klopp’s side at the Amex during the 2017/18 campaign.

Sunday’s opponents also departed the Amex with three points last season, winning 4-0 after an explosive start to the match, but Propper urged his team-mates to remember the improvements shown already this season ahead of the game against the Blues. 

He said, “Chelsea are a big team and it will be difficult for us to get a result, but we’re confident at home and want to get closer to these teams.

“Last season we had two big defeats at home against Liverpool and Chelsea, so I hope we can do much better this time around.

“If you see how we played against Liverpool last season and this season, there’s such a big difference and we were so much closer.”

Eden Hazard found the back of the net twice when the Blues travelled south in January, and Propper identified the Belgian as Chelsea’s key attacking threat.

“There are so many good players in the Premier League and Eden Hazard is definitely one of them. It was a really good World Cup for him and he’s also been very good for Chelsea.

“He’s a very important player for them. He creates chances, makes actions and goes past players, so he can always create something for the team.

“They have so many good players, so it’s difficult to pay attention to just one of them, but I like to be on the field those players and try to match them.”

The Seagulls find themselves in 13th position ahead of tomorrow's match against Maurizio Sarri’s side, and Propper insists that finishing in the top ten is a difficult but achievable target for the team.

“Every season the bottom half of the table is so close. It’s difficult to stay between seventh and tenth, but we will try and I think that’s a big goal for us.

“Since last season our performances have been a little bit better, but we still have to improve our away results. If we can do that, I believe we can stay here and that’s what we want.

“Our squad is much bigger than last season and we can solve problems such as injuries and suspensions much easier.”

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