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14 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Chris Hughton gives instructions from the sideline against Liverpool.

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton admitted Liverpool’s attacking quality forces teams to adopt a defensive approach, but felt his players came within touching distance from pulling off a fine result against the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp’s side enjoyed the lion’s share of possession at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and Hughton explained the game plan in which his players almost executed to perfection against the Premier League leaders.

He said, “There is no other way to play against them. If you think you can take them on at their game, then you might be successful once in 20 times.

“I think we got it right, the team showed great discipline and I can’t ask for any more from them. 

“You’ll get teams that will play five at the back against them, with four in midfield and certainly be far more defensive than us. But they generally find a way of breaking their opponents down.

“In a game where it’s 0-0 with 20 minutes or 15 minutes to go, what they’re able to do is make the changes that can then win the game.”

Hughton also revealed why Yves Bissouma was absent from the matchday squad, which paved the way for under-23 midfielder Max Sanders to be named on the bench in the Premier League for the very first time.

“Yves had a slight problem with his hip. There’s a chance he’ll be available on Monday, it’s certainly nothing dramatic.

“It’s something that he felt in training, and if he misses next week, then we’re quite sure that he’ll be ready for the following week."

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