Albion Home Form Faces Stern Liverpool Test

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Brighton's six game unbeaten run at the Amex will be under threat against Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.

Albion's last match saw them play out a cagey 0-0 home draw with Crystal Palace. The visitors came closest to scoring in the first half, with Maty Ryan making a fine double save to keep out strikes from Christian Benteke and Wilfired Zaha. The meeting between the arch-rivals on Tuesday night was marred with off-the-pitch disorder, as flares were set off in the away end and hundreds of visiting supporters prevented from entering the ground.

Whilst a point was a fair result in midweek, there will be some frustration at Chris Hughton's side having been held to a fourth consecutive draw at home heading into a tough December and Christmas period. Points will will be hard to come by this month and tomorrow's clash against the 18-time top flight champions will be among their toughest tests, after six games without loss at home.

Jurren Klopp's Reds head into the clash as arguably one of the form side' in the division. They have picked up all three points in four of their last five league games and have scored at least three goals in all of those wins. With leaders Manchester City already 14 points ahead of them, the Merseyside outfit will already be eyeing a top four finish at best this season, along with qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage.

Their standout player so far this season has been forward Mohamed Salah. The 25-year old will feel he was never given a chance to impress in his two years at Chelsea, however after a year in Roma he has taken the Premier League by storm since moving to Anfield. The Egyptian is the league's top scorer, with 12 goals in 14 top flight games this season, with seven of those having come in their last four matches.

The last meeting between the sides saw Albion travel to Merseyside for an FA Cup 5th Round match that they'd rather forget. The Seagulls suffered a 6-1 defeat, including three own goals through Lewis Dunk and two from Liam Bridcutt.

There is no new injury worries for Albion, with Steve Sidwell remaining the only absentee. Gaetan Bong is available for selection after missing Tuesday's game with a knee niggle. Sam Baldock will be hoping to challenge for a place on the bench for the first time this season.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's clash, Hughton gave his thoughts on the challenge his players face against a free-scoring Reds side.

"You have to approach the game with their quality in mind. If you’re over expansive then you can get beaten by any of the big sides. I was at Arsenal vs Huddersfield this week and for long periods of the game Huddersfield played well with a good shape to them.

"But then in a short period of time, the score changes and that’s what happens with the big sides. You only have to look at the goal-scoring individuals and the record they’ve got.

"You have to try and minimise the space they’ve got and also not sit back too much either and be too defensive."

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