Brighton keeper hopes to do Liverpool-supporting friends a favour against Manchester City

Mathew Ryan. Picture by Getty Images
Mathew Ryan. Picture by Getty Images

Goalkeeper Mathew Ryan has received plenty of messages from Liverpool-supporting friends back home in Australia who are hoping he can do them a huge favour when Brighton & Hove Albion play Manchester City tomorrow.

City will win the Premier League title if they beat Brighton but if they fail to pick up all three points, Liverpool will be crowned champions if they win at home to Wolves.

Aussie Ryan knows how much is on the line and said: "I'm looking forward to it. The most surreal feeling is having friends and family who are Liverpool supporters and the opportunity to have such a big influence on history.

"I can't help but think back to Man City a few years back when they played QPR and they (QPR) almost caused the biggest upset.

"I keep imagining and hoping that a situation comes up to make that big last-ditch save in order to affect a result in the final game.

"That would be a memory I'd cherish for the rest of my life."

Ryan has been contacted by several friends from back home in Australia in the last week and he said: "A couple of mates I grew up with have been messaging me.

"That's probably the most surreal thing. I'm going out there playing at this level but it's become more natural the more experience I get.

"But the fact is now there's so much at stake and a title on the line.

"I remember the hype around that City and QPR matchday all those years ago and how the whole world was invested in it.

"It's nice to be a part of it. If we can disturb the party it would be nice."

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