Liverpool, Anfield and Mo Salah were in full cry on the final day of the 2017-18 season.

And why not? The Reds were in sparkling form, Salah couldn’t stop scoring and the Champions League final was just around the corner.

In the Anfield concourses, there was discussion about how Real Madrid had looked in their game on TV the previous evening.

It was a beautiful spring Sunday.

The sun was shining on Merseyside, as it always seems to whenever Albion go there to play Liverpool.

It always seems to rain when they visit to play Everton.

Albion, in their final game of a demanding first season in the Prem, were swept aside.

It finished 4-0. Liverpool were like a red tide.

"We could have scored many more but I'm glad we didn't. Brighton did not deserve that after a really good season,” Jurgen Klopp told reporters.

Salah broke the Premier League record for goals in a 38-game season as he fired in his 32nd and Anfield lapped it all up.

It was the one hammering Albion have taken at Anfield and the best performance they have faced there.

Since then, they have suffered two narrow defeats, won before empty stands and played a full part in two thrilling draws.

Now it feels like they could be about to take on a challenge bearing some similarity to that game almost six years ago.

Liverpool are ruthless and relentless, especially at home.

They have a range of attacking weapons.

They are on a mission to win the title for the departing Klopp just like, in 2018, they were on a mission to conquer Europe.

The script says they will be crowned as champions for the first time before fans in 34 years before Klopp steps down.

Just as it felt like they could not be stopped back in 2018.

But then Roberto de Zerbi’s men are a better team, and should be in far better shape, then Chris Hughton’s jaded side who arrived having secured safety.

So what is the challenge facing the Seagulls? What is the opportunity?

Well, the last visiting team to win at Anfield were Real Madrid and they had to come from 2-0 down.

That 5-2 success was back February of last year.

Liverpool remained unbeaten in their subsequent eight matches of the season.

This term, they have won 11 and drawn three in the league and won eight out of eight in cups.

In total, that is 30 games unbeaten at home.

Their relevant home goal differences are 38-12 (in the league this season), 70-19 (all games this season) and 91-27 (all games in that 30-match unbeaten run).

The last English team to conquer Liverpool at Anfield were Leeds 17 months ago.

That was their only defeat in the last 56 home league games, which takes us back to the days of matches behind closed doors – so not really the true Anfield.

Fulham’s 1-0 success before an empty Kop heaped pressure on Albion in the relegation battle at the time, three years ago.

The Seagulls had recently enjoyed their own 1-0 success at Liverpool, Steven Alzate the scorer.

In terms of this season, Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs have drawn at Anfield, everyone else has lost.

Bournemouth, Leicester, Arsenal, Luton and Manchester City have all led Liverpool at Anfield.

Fulham actually did it in two matches, including for almost an hour in the Carabao Cup.

For Albion, the hope will come not from the fact they pushed Liverpool so hard before losing 1-0 and 2-1 in their second and third Prem visits.

Not even from that 1-0 in the false Anfield environment.

It will be more from the fightback from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 and then the 3-3 thriller over the past two seasons.

And the fact that scripts are not always followed, as Liverpool found two weeks after that 4-0 win over the Seagulls - when they lost to Real Madrid.