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Chris Hughton wary of Anfield thrashing as Brighton visit Liverpool

Chris Hughton wary of Anfield thrashing as Brighton visit Liverpool

Sadio Mane has emerged as a major doubt for the Premier League closer on Sunday, in a development that will greatly frustrate manager Jurgen Klopp.

A point at Anfield, where they have not lost all season, will effectively be enough for the Reds to secure a top-four spot due to their vastly superior goal difference to fifth-placed Chelsea.

"If someone said to me before we started that on the last day of the season you will have it in your own hands, I would have said "okay, I will take that".

'I think we deserve it but we have to make the last step, ' said Klopp.

Unbeaten at home and facing the team with the second worst away record in the division, Liverpool should at least have enough for a top four finish, even if not a victory.

But Jurgen Klopp will be keen for him to be fresh for the Champions League final in two weeks.

Speaking on Friday, he said: "I would say so. And if they win on Sunday then that's guaranteed; if they don't, it's not guaranteed that they are going to win the Champions League". Much, perhaps all, depends on the front three delivering the goods in the next two games.

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Chelsea face a fight against the improbable if they're to pip Liverpool to a top-four finish in Week 38, but they'll hope the Reds' upcoming Champions League final against Real Madrid may help in distracting them on Sunday.

But the German warned that Brighton, who have only pride to play for after securing their Premier League status, could prove risky opponents.

"And that will be with us, I believe, forever".

Chelsea have an FA Cup final date with Manchester United on May 19 but this could be Conte's last league game with the Blues after two stormy seasons marred by his feud with the club over their failure to back his transfer plans. It's not ideal and as a manager I would prefer him to go home and relax on the sofa or go to bed early. They've got great options.

Salah has scored 43 goals in 50 games this season during a remarkable debut campaign with the Reds that has already earned him the PFA Player of the Year and Footballer of the Year accolades.

"A lot of things can happen in football but we will be there as well and we will do all we can to play in the Champions League for next season again". I love that from our captain to the youngest player in the squad our boys recognise that representing these supporters is a massive privilege and I love that there is a shared appreciation in this moment of each other.