Adam Lallana has told Albion fans he has no intention of getting involved in a relegation battle.

The former Liverpool midfielder has been impressed by his new club’s long-term goal of joining the Premier League top ten.

He believes they can follow the example set by his first club Southampton.

Lallana helped Saints to eighth place in the Prem under Mauricio Pochettino, just three years after winning promotion from League One as runners-up to Albion.

His sparkling form under Pochettino secured a move to Liverpool, who he helped win the Premier League and Champions League.

The 32-year-old England international said: “It’s going to be difficult because the league is so competitive but Brighton have got top players.

“I won’t be happy with fighting against relegation every year. I’ve experienced that before at Southampton.

“I’ve made that transition early in my career where we went through League One and the Championship, like Brighton did.

“We went from loitering around relegation and then Mauricio coming in and just tweaking the mentality and the belief.

“We finished eighth and I think that is definitely possible at Brighton. All the signs are right.

“The template is in place and it is about implementing that and working with Graham (Potter), learning new things, improving myself, improving the team and there is no reason why we can’t do that.”

Lallana revealed a final decision on his new club was kept on hold until Albion made sure of safety.

But he likes what he sees of Potter and believes the head coach can guide them up the league.

He added: “It’s that ultimate task for ten, 11, 12 teams - to stay in the division every year.

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“That was the case this year and it was the case next year.

“But, with the job Graham has done in changing so many aspects of the way they play and building a culture and environment which makes it possible to move forward, I think it is definitely possible to move up the league.

“I really think the club and the lads are in a position now where we can make more strides forward.”