Brighton star has subtle dig at Manchester United ahead of Liverpool clash

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Brighton’s Leon Balogun is predicting a much toughest test when his side travel to face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

The Nigerian international came on as a second-half substitute in his side’s shock 3-2 win over a toothless Manchester United at the weekend.

Jose Mourinho’s men came under severe criticism after another uninspiring attacking display and a series of individual errors across the pitch.

Liverpool now promise to offer a contrastingly explosive threat as they look to make it three successive wins to begin the Premier League season.

Balogun told reporters: “Liverpool is going to be completely different,” per Goal.

“It is going to be a lot quicker and a lot more intense.”

Discussing what teammates had told him about Mourinho’s side, he added: “But they told me this is always the kind of game you play against United.”

“They like to slow it down a little bit sometimes.”

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Chris Hughton has constructed an organised and well-rounded team at the Amex, proving against United the danger they can pose going forward.

Striker Glenn Murray was a starring nuisance with his physicality and movement up against an unconvincing defensive pairing of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.

He will be met by a much sterner presence in Virgil van Dijk, who produced a magnificent performance in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Brighton would be justified in adopting a more reserved approach than seen against United given the early season reminders of the Reds’ counterattacking expertise.

Palace wisely strove to pack Liverpool’s front three in and limit them the space to breach them with their pace and movement in-behind.

Though it didn’t work out in the long-run, it was a system that frustrated Jurgen Klopp’s side for extensive periods of the game.

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