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Brighton's Hughton wary of Liverpool thrashing

Liverpool hammered Brighton 5-1 back in December. Credit: PA

Chris Hughton admits the excitement of Brighton's first league game at Anfield in 36 years is tempered by the threat of suffering another thrashing.

Albion were hammered 5-1 at home by free-scoring Liverpool in early December and also suffered a 6-1 FA Cup defeat on Merseyside in 2012.

Seagulls manager Hughton, whose 14th-placed side are free from pressure having already secured their Premier League status, wants his players to relish Sunday's trip north but is wary of the dangers posed by Jurgen Klopp's Reds.

"I expect the Liverpool we've seen all season with the fantastic attacking threat that they have. It will be a hard day for us and we'll have to defend very well as a team," said Hughton.

"These challenges are ones we've worked very hard for - this game means something to us despite us being safe.

"Away games at the likes of Liverpool are quite daunting because you know what can happen if you get it wrong, but more so they are also very exciting to be involved in and challenging because we know we will have to be at a good level to get something.

"We'll have a group of players who haven't played at Anfield before and these are the ones you look forward to as a team."

Brighton's last top-flight visit to Liverpool ended in a 3-1 defeat in October 1982, although they unexpectedly won an FA Cup fifth-round tie at Anfield three months later.

While the Seagulls have little to play for this weekend, the hosts require a point to guarantee a top-four finish ahead of Chelsea.

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