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PREVIEW: LIVERPOOL V ALBION

11 May 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion travel to Anfield on Sunday to play Liverpool in the Premier League.

Brighton & Hove Albion meet Liverpool at Anfield in their final Premier League match of the season on Sunday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

The Seagulls secured safety against Manchester United last Friday, but lost 3-1 against Manchester City on Wednesday night at the home of the Premier League champions.

The Reds are yet to secure their place in the Champions League for next season, but Jurgen Klopp’s side need a just point to all but mathematically guarantee a top-four finish.

Victory for Chris Hughton’s team can lift them as high as tenth in the Premier League, with four teams currently sitting above the Seagulls by just a one-point advantage.


TEAM NEWS:

Chris Hughton has no fresh injury concerns for the visit to Anfield - with Steve Sidwell still the side's only absentee.

The hosts are without Joel Matip (thigh), Joe Gomez (ankle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), while Emre Can is still to return to training following a back issue.

Adam Lallana is fit to play a part, but Sadio Mane was absent from training on Wednesday.


REVERSE FIXTURE:

Liverpool inflicted Albion’s biggest defeat of the season when they visited the Amex back in December, as Klopp’s men performed exceptionally well to win 5-1.

A goal from Emre Can and Roberto Firmino’s brace gave the Reds a 3-0 lead before Glenn Murray restored hope for the Seagulls from the penalty spot after the break.

But a late strike from Philippe Coutinho and Lewis Dunk’s own goal ensured the visitors would return north with an impressive scoreline under their belt.


FORM:

The Seagulls recorded a three-match unbeaten run to secure their survival in the Premier League for another season, before defeat came at Manchester City on Wednesday night.

Leonardo Ulloa equalised for Hughton’s men, but the Premier League champions scored twice more to seal a 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Albion had previously beaten City’s rivals Manchester United at the Amex Stadium, when Pascal Gross headed the winning goal to spark jubilant scenes on the south coast.

Hughton’s side recorded back-to-back draws beforehand against Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex and then Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Reds have gone three Premier League games without a win, after Chelsea sealed a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge last time out, which followed a goalless draw against Stoke City at Anfield.

Their recent indifferent run of league form began when West Bromwich Albion recovered from two goals down at The Hawthorns to draw 2-2 against Klopp's men.

But the highlight of the month came in the Champions League, when Sunday's hosts secured a 7-6 aggregate semi-final victory over AC Roma, despite the Italians winning the second leg 4-2 on the night.

LAST TIME OUT: ALBION

MANCHESTER CITY 3
Danilo 16
B.Silva 34
Fernandinho 72

ALBION 1
Ulloa 20

Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo (March 79); Gross (Kayal 73); Ulloa (Locadia 73).

Subs not used: Krul (GK), Goldson, Schelotto, Murray.


LAST TIME OUT: LIVERPOOL



CHELSEA 1
Giroud 32

LIVERPOOL 0

Liverpool line-up: Karius; Clyne (Henderson 59), Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson (Solanke 74); Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Milner (Moreno 89); Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Subs not used: Mignolet (GK), Klavan, Woodburn, Ings.




ONE TO WATCH: MOHAMED SALAH

The Egyptian has blown away the Premier League this season, en route to picking up the PFA Player of the Season Award, following his 43 goals in all competitions - 31 in the English top flight.

The 25-year-old has also found the back of the net 11 times in the Champions League this season - including the qualifying stage - which has helped Liverpool reach another European final.

Salah’s skill, pace and accuracy in front of goal has caused problems for most opponents this season, and the forward will be looking to end the season with European silverware to add to his individual honours.


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