Graham Potter: "We have to make sure we retain our top flight status"
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Graham Potter is remaining cautiously optimistic as Brighton & Hove Albion welcome champions Liverpool to the AMEX Stadium.

The Seagulls are on 36 points and look set for a fourth straight season in the Premier League while the Reds have the single-season league points record in their sights.

'It would be nice to get a result against them'

Having only lost twice all season and taking home their first league title since 1990, Potter is relishing the chance for his side to face Jurgen Klopp's men, who need four wins in their final five matches to set a new points standard.

"It would be nice to get a result against them", he said. "Whenever you play the best it is an opportunity to test yourself and learn about yourselves. Liverpool have been amazing this season and are thoroughly deserved champions. It's great for us to have that level of opposition.

"We have to make sure we retain Premier League status and keep fighting so that means trying to take points off every team between now and the end of the season."

'We still have got a lot of work to do'

The 1-0 victory at relegation-threatened Norwich City left the Seagulls nine points above the relegation zone, but Potter isn't taking anything for granted despite his side being all but safe.

"We knew the importance of the win, so there was a bit of pressure on us and that probably reflected in the performance (at Norwich). We were delighted with the three points, but we still have got a lot of work to do. We've got five games to go, we need to get as many points as we can and keep fighting. 

"We're playing against the champions on Wednesday night so it doesn't come any more difficult than that. But that's the Premier League - you've got to face it and we have to be ready. But we've picked up seven points from the first four games of the restart - it's amazing what it does to lift morale.

"It's slightly easier, but the guys have been really good throughout lockdown and during the return to training. There was a lot made of the fact we hadn't won in 2020, but we've only had four defeats this year so we've been quite consistent in terms of what we have been doing."

Team news

Aside from a long-term injury to Jose Izquierdo and Steven Alzate struggling for fitness, Brighton will have a full-strength squad for the visit of Liverpool. 

"Izquierdo has been missing for some time now, but apart from him we're fine", Potter said. "He is still some way away, he's going to be next year. We are monitoring Steven daily and we're probably going to have to take some decisions on him over the next couple or days. Even in training on Monday he looked like he was struggling a bit."

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