Liverpool 0-1 Brighton: Major Talking Points

Danny Corcoran
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Liverpool suffered their second defeat in as many home games, in a stale performance from Jürgen Klopp’s side.

Steven Alzate’s 56th-minute winner separated the sides as Liverpool only managed one shot on target across the 90 minutes.

Here are the major talking points from the game:

Salah’s Miss

The outcome of this game might have been completely different, had Mohammed Salah opened the scoring early on. A lofted pass from Jordan Henderson had the Egyptian through on goal. Instead of staying calm and composed, Salah attempted a lob that went horribly wrong.

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The performance from here on out was not good enough. Had Salah scored, Klopp’s side might have relaxed themselves and gone on to win.

Poor Liverpool Defending

It seems harsh on a makeshift defence that this is pointed out, but the goal that was conceded was very poor and avoidable. Brighton were afforded all the time in the world to send a ball into the back post where waiting was the colossal Dan Burn was able to put it right across the goal.

Alzate and Troussard both had space to place the ball into the corner, out of Kelleher’s reach. The lack of marking and tracking back from the midfield was evident to see. It may have even played a part in Klopp’s decision to take Wijnaldum off shortly after. With Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak waiting, the defence will need to improve across a crucial February.

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Lack of Creativity

After the wonderful goals scored by the Reds on Sunday, this was back to the performances against Burnley and Southampton. Liverpool managed one shot on target all game, and the only clear chance the Reds had fell to Salah in the opening exchanges.

Too often the Reds would turn back as they broke up the pitch. Alexander-Arnold eventually had to start crossing balls into a box where the attack was at a huge disadvantage height wise.

It was clear to see that this team is missing the spark of Mané and Jota. However, to not create any real chances in the second half where the chips were down is another big worry for Klopp. Liverpool have failed to win against a bottom half team again. With Manchester City up next, the managers and players need to sort things out fast, or risk this season slipping away faster than it already has.

Read more by Danny Corcoran (@calcio_danny)

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