Brighton & Hove Albion manager Graham Potter admits he is still worried about how his side will be able to cope with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah at Anfield as they meet on Saturday.
Talking to the press, the Seagulls coach said Salah isn’t “world-class” while admitting he doesn’t know how his team will stop the in-form forward during the game. Salah who has scored in his last 10 consecutive matches (a 14-goal blast culminating with his hat-trick against Manchester United at Old Trafford last Sunday) and with the Seagulls heading up to Anfield on Saturday, Potter knows his side will have their work cut out trying to contain the Reds’ ‘Egyptian King.’
When Potter was asked how he intended to stop Salah this Saturday he said; “That’s a very good question. At the moment he’s not world-class, he’s out-of-this-world class! He is producing in all the big games too – Chelsea, Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United. But, unfortunately for us, it’s not just him who is a top, top player for Liverpool. It’s a team. 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 were one of the teams to beat Liverpool last season, extending the team`s six back-to-back home defeats. But games were still being played behind closed doors and Graham has admitted that things will be different this time around. He said: “Anything is possible of course, but it is the most challenging footballing environment there is. You need everything pretty much to go your way if you want to try to get a result at Anfield. 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. We can learn and use that experience last season but I would suggest we will have to step it up again.”
Meanwhile, the coach confirmed that one of their top Defender will miss the trip to Anfield after he fell heavily and injured his knee during the carabao cup defeat to Leicester City, but he said Yves Bissouma has recovered fully from his knee injury and should be available this weekend after he made a substitute appearance on Wednesday night.