Brighton have a multinational squad but it’s the British contingent Liverpool should fear this weekend

CHRIS HUGHTON has turned Brighton into the Premier League’s answer to the League of Nations – but it will be the Seagulls’ band of Brits who will ultimately keep them up.

Brighton’s 25-man Premier League squad features no fewer than SIXTEEN different nationalities.

 Glenn Murray's phenomenal finish against Manchester United fired Brighton into the lead at the Amex

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Glenn Murray's phenomenal finish against Manchester United fired Brighton into the lead at the Amex
 Murray was sensational against Manchester United

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Murray was sensational against Manchester United

Hughton splashed out more than £50m on new signings this summer including a Brazilian left back, Romanian striker and even Iranian recording signing Alireza Jahanbakhsh – ‘AJ’ to you and me.

Even Brighton’s under-23s side has been filled with the best foreign talent from around the globe.

Yet fears the South Coast side were losing their identity were quickly dispelled during last weekend’s thrilling 3-2 win over crisis club Manchester United.

United’s nemesis was not Jahanbakhsh or any of Hughton’s other shiny new imports, but Glenn Murray – a good old fashioned English centre forward.

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 Chris Hughton got his hard-working stars pressing Manchester United last weekend

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Chris Hughton got his hard-working stars pressing Manchester United last weekend
 Solly March in action for Brighton

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Solly March in action for Brighton
 Brighton gave Manchester United defender Eric Bailly nightmares

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Brighton gave Manchester United defender Eric Bailly nightmares

What Murray, 34, lacks in pace and mobility he more than makes up for in guile and a nose for goal; it was all too much for United’s comedy centre back duo of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof to handle.

At the other end Hughton is still reliant on his ever-dependable double act of Brighton-born Lewis Dunk and Irishman Shane Duffy, who scored the Seagulls’ second goal against United and was outstanding throughout.

In amongst the raft of new arrivals, Solly March, another Sussex-born academy product, signed a new long-term contract with his hometown club.

Jahanbakhsh may sell a few shirts in the Middle East and Brighton’s marketing men knowing there is nothing like a big-money overseas buy to increase their global appeal.

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But manager Hughton is canny enough to realise it will be the form of Dunk, Duffy, Murray and March that decides his team’s fate this season.

That is why when the Seagulls travel to Liverpool on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp should be more worried about Murray and March than their new team-mates.

CHRIS HUGHTON has turned Brighton into the Premier League’s answer to the League of Nations – but it will be the Seagulls’ band of Brits who will ultimately keep them up.