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Ryan hoping to influence Premier League title race

12:56 EAT 26/04/2019
Mat Ryan Brighton 2019
The Socceroos shot-stopper will face Manchester City in the final game of the season

While his Brighton and Hove Albion side is fighting for their Premier League survival, Australian keeper Mat Ryan also has one eye on having a big say on who claims the title.

Manchester City currently sit top of the table, one point ahead of Liverpool, with Pep Guardiola's side to play Brighton away in their final game.

With just three games to go this season, Ryan is hopeful he could play a big part in the Premier League title race should it go down to the wire. 

"At the moment, I’m an onlooker to the race but well aware and excited that perhaps Brighton can influence the drama of it all on the final day against City," Ryan wrote in Players Voice

"It’s an exciting prospect to have them as the last game. Any time you come up against a big team, you want to make the memory as sweet as possible by being successful against them.

"There are three games to go but if it comes down to the last day again, we know we’ll have every Liverpool fan in the world in our corner."

That final game of the season could be decisive for Brighton too with Ryan's side currently three points clear of the relegation zone. 

With games against Newcastle, Arsenal and City to come, the Brighton keeper is trying to remain optimistic and isn't giving too much thought to potential relegation. 

"The thought of relegation is obviously a scary one but at the same time I don’t give it too much thought because I’m focusing my time and attention in order to help us be safe and secure our premiership football again for next season," he said. 

"Fingers crossed come that last game, the pressure of relegation is no longer there and we can go out and enjoy the occasion.

"I choose to have a positive outlook and I always visualise positive things and us being successful."

Brighton have failed to score in their past seven games with Ryan's clean sheet against Wolves earning them their sole point over that period.