Potter’s Liverpool admission as he prepares for “out of this world class” Salah

Brighton & Hove Albion won at Anfield last season, but manager Potter is aware of the threat posed by the only unbeaten side left in the Premier League ahead of this weekend’s meeting

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Brighton & Hove Albion’s win at Anfield last season was a real highlight for manager Graham Potter, as well as being a low-point in Liverpool’s season.

Steven Alzate scored the Seagulls’ winner in the January game, while the visitors’ defence kept out a Liverpool front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and the now-departed Xherdan Shaqiri.

After a tough 2020-21 campaign, Potter’s side have spent the entire season in the top half of the table, and go into Saturday’s match against Liverpool in fifth place.

However, Brighton’s manager knows the challenge posed by the Reds, and particularly by Salah, as he admitted his team are “not at the same level” as their weekend opponents.

The Egyptian forward has scored in all but one of his appearances this season, including a hat-trick in last weekend’s win at Manchester United, but Potter admitted there’s more to worry about than Salah alone.

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Brighton kept Salah quiet in a win at Anfield last season


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When asked about Salah, Potter said “At the moment he’s not world class, he out-of-this-world class!”

“He is producing in all the big games too – Chelsea, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United,” he continued.

Salah has 15 goals in 12 appearances this season, including five across Liverpool’s three Champions League group stage wins over AC Milan, Porto and Atletico Madrid.

Indeed, his 10 league goals in nine appearances mean he has scored more times in the competition than Brighton have as a team.

While Salah remains a clear threat, Potter acknowledged the Reds’ top scorer is far from the only obstacle to a Brighton victory on Saturday.

“Unfortunately for us, it’s not just him who is a top, top player for Liverpool. It’s a team,” the manager admitted.

“These top teams have wonderful individual players but they are also a unit and a team and we must try to deal with that.”

Brighton’s win last season came at an empty Anfield, and Potter said he expects the ground to be “a different animal” when full.

Potter’s side were beaten when they took on Liverpool at a full Anfield in November 2019, with Jurgen Klopp’s team in the midst of a 27-game unbeaten run on their way to the title.

Virgil van Dijk scored both of Liverpool’s goals that day, with Lewis Dunk pulling one back after Alisson was sent off for the hosts, and Van Dijk’s return has played its part in Klopp’s team looking unstoppable this term.

Virgil van Dijk scored twice when Liverpool beat Brighton in 2019


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“You need everything pretty much to go your way if you want to try to get a result at Anfield,” Potter said.

“You have to be perfect yourselves, you have to be together, you have to be resilient and play at such a high level and then you have to hope that they have a bit of an off day as well.

“Because while we are in the same league, we are not at the same level as them.”

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