Pascal Gross has urged Albion to get off to a flyer next season.

The German midfielder says the Premier League campaign is a marathon.

But that doesn’t mean you cannot start it with a sprint.

Gross was instrumental in a 3-2 win over Manchester United at the beginning of the 2018-19 season which, ultimately, helped the Seagulls stay up by just two points.

He told The Argus: “At the end, our point at Wolves was important – but every game is important.

“All the points we had at the start of the season were important.

“The season is a marathon so you have to be tough all year.

“When you go through tough periods, it is about getting out of them and try to get good again.

“It was a long year. I hope we improve but it is hard to say now.

“The staff will analyse everything and they will try to make us better.

“We will try to improve everything personally and I hope we do.”

Gross ended the season with three goals and three assists compared to tallies of seven and eight in 2017-18.

But injury meant his minutes dropped to 1,878 from 2,949.

He said: “We are in the Premier League next year and that is the most important thing.

“We went through some tough periods but it is about achieving what you want to achieve.

“That is what we have done, maybe not in the easiest way.”