Our rundown of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign continues with Liverpool.
League Position 2017/18: 4th
Top league goalscorer: Mohammed Salah (32)
How did they do last season?
The Reds secured UEFA Champions League football for the 2018/19 season whilst reaching the final of the competition in Kiev, following a memorable run in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.
Jurgen Klopp’s men won praise and plaudits aplenty for their attacking football over the course of the campaign, scoring 135 goals across the Premier League, Champions League, Emirates FA Cup and the EFL Cup.
The side lost just twice in their opening 23 matches of the league season, but they were heavy defeats at the hands of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur respectively. In Europe the side ended their group stage unbeaten, twice recording 7-0 victories against both Maribor and Spartak Moscow.
A 5-0 aggregate win over Porto followed, before impressive wins over Manchester City and AS Roma set up a final with Real Madrid – but it was the Spaniards who would go on to lift European football’s biggest prize once more.
The league season ended with a 4-0 win over the Seagulls at Anfield, as Klopp’s men went the entire season unbeaten in the league on home soil.
Who’s in charge?
Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield in October 2015, taking over from Brendan Rogers having left Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. He guided them to two finals in the 2015/16 season – the League Cup final where they lost to Manchester City, and the Europa League final which ended in defeat to Spanish side Sevilla.
In the summer of 2016 Klopp and his backroom team signed six-year contract extensions with the Merseyside club, and the side qualified for the Champions League for the first time since the 2014/15 season.
Liverpool are the third side Klopp has managed, having had a seven-year spell with Mainz 05 from 2001 to 2008, and the aforementioned tenure at Borussia Dortmund for the same length of time from 2008 to 2015.
As a player he made well over 300 appearances for Mainz 05, scoring over 50 goals in the process.
Who should I keep an eye out for?
Mohammed Salah’s astonishing 44 goals across all competitions made him the team’s stand-out performer last term – and he will be crucial to Egypt’s FIFA World Cup hopes this summer in Russia.
Having moved from AS Roma during the summer of 2017, the fleet-footed midfielder broke the club’s scoring record in a debut season and also become the first individual to win three Premier League Player of the Month awards over the course of a campaign.
Salah also won the Premier League Player of the Season award, and also picked up the golden boot for his 32 goals in the top flight.
How did we fare against them last season?
The Seagulls were beaten twice by the free-scoring Merseysiders last term, with a 5-1 defeat at the Amex Stadium in December.
A goal from Emre Can and a brace from Roberto Firmino were followed by a Glenn Murray penalty after the break, before Philippe Coutinho and a Lewis Dunk own-goal completed the scoring.
On the final day of the 2017/18 campaign at Anfield, goals from Mohammed Salah, Dejan Lovren, Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson gave the hosts a 4-0 win.