Albion defender Bernardo wants to develop a £26 million partnership with Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

The summer signings were paired together on the left for the first time in the Premier League in the home win over Huddersfield.

Manager Chris Hughton is likely to keep faith with them against arch-rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park today (12.30).

Brazilian left-back Bernardo was bought from Red Bull Leipzig in the Bundesliga for around £9 million last July.

Iran winger Jahanbakhsh became Albion’s record signing later the same month from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar for £17 million.

Bernardo told The Argus: “We played one match in the (FA) Cup on the same side.

“That’s one of the first times we played. Even in training we have played very few times together.

“I like it a lot. Ali is an amazing player, he has so much quality. It’s easy to play with him.

“We need to understand each other better. It’s not as if I’m a veteran here. I’ve played a bit more than him.

“We need to understand each other, especially on sharing responsibilities.

“When I was playing with (Jurgen) Locadia we managed to have a good understanding.

“In some situations you don’t even have to talk with your team-mate. You already know, because you have already faced it.

“He is going to press the winger and I stay, or the opposite.

“Ali and I still need to develop this, but the most important thing is he is an amazing player and that is the most difficult thing to find, a player that has the quality he has, the personality.

“He doesn’t hide, he wants the ball, he also passes the ball when it is the right moment. So I think it is something that could develop.”