Shane Duffy is in the blue camp on Merseyside - but he will still be showing his true colours for Albion.

The player of the season will do everything he can to beat Manchester City at the Amex on Sunday, even if it hands the title to Liverpool.

There is no chance of the defiant central defender stepping aside to help Sergio Aguero and company.

Duffy was at Everton as a youngster and admits he is still a fan.

"I am," he said. "I owe a lot to that club. I've had a few Everton fans texting me. Let them through! But I'm professional, I'm not at Everton any more. I'm at Brighton and this is my club now."

Duffy has been scoring goals this season as well as stopping them.

He is second for Albion behind Glenn Murray with five and almost set Murray up for an equaliser against City in last month's 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.

The Argus: All of his goals, including one against Manchester United early in the season, have been from much closer range than the thumping effort by Vincent Kompany for City against Leicester on Monday.

Duffy joked: "I won't be doing that! It's just constant pressure after pressure (facing City). It's a very difficult game and as players you just hope it doesn't come off for them and we have a game where it happens for us.

"We are underdogs. All the players are excited to spoil the party, if you could say that, but it's down to us. We want to do this club proud and win these three points."

Duffy beat partner Lewis Dunk into second place for the player of the season award.

They have been the dominant forces of Albion's second season survival in the Premier League and Duffy hopes it stays that way for a third.

The Argus: He told The Argus: "I try to keep my own standards up and try to play well every week. The main aim was to stay in the league and that's what we have done.

"I really love being at this club and I think it's the best place for me to keep progressing as a player.

"Football is a strange game and funny things happen but I can't see anything happening with me.

"Dunky is a big player at this club and an England international and he has had a good season as well but I think he is very comfortable and happy here and progressing as well so I hope for the club that he will stay."

The relegation pressure is off Albion after arch rivals Crystal Palace ensured they would survive by winning at Cardiff last weekend, prior to the 1-1 draw at Arsenal in which Duffy and Dunk were outstanding again.

"It was a relief," Duffy said. "We all watched it (Palace) together on Saturday. The main priority this season was to stay in the league.

"We wouldn’t have wanted to do it that way, we would have rather done it ourselves as proud footballers. On Sunday, it's about us doing it for us.

"It was a relief and I think everyone felt that against Arsenal. It felt like we played a lot better than the last few months. Hopefully we can keep it going onto next season."

First, at the end of an extraordinary week for English football following Kompany's wonder strike, the Champions League semi-final comebacks by Liverpool and Spurs, and Arsenal and Chelsea reaching the Europa League final, comes a chance for Duffy and his team-mates to showcase Albion and themselves in front of a global audience.

"As players we have watched the Champions League in midweek and probably nearly everyone in the world was watching it," Duffy said.

"We know everyone is going to be watching our game on Sunday too and as players you want to impress against the best players in the world and show you can play at this level.

"I'm sure every player will want to do that. I'm sure everyone will want to win the game and then that's a story for history."