Liverpool 0-1 Brighton: The Verdict

Stephen Killen

LFC: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Henderson, Robertson, Thiago, Milner, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Firmino, Salah
BHA: Sanchez, Burn, Dunk, Webster, White, Gross, Bissouma, Alzate, March, Maupay, Trossard
Goals: 56′ Alzate
Bookings:45′ Wijnaldum
Subs: 64′ Ox & Origi (Shaqiri & Wijnaldum), 78′ Jones (on for Firmino); 67′ Lallana (on for March), 83′ Connolly (on for Maupay), 87′ Zeqiri (on for Trossard)

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Steven Alzate’s freak goal dealt a further blow to hopes of Liverpool regaining the Premier League.

A deflection off Nat Phillips onto Alzate onto Leandro Trossard and back onto Alzate again before finding the corner.

Liverpool’s run without a goal at Anfield continues as they fall to their second home defeat.

Action-Lacked First Half

Dan Burn came closest in the early stages. He combined with Neal Maupay but fired over from close range.

Brighton looked encouraging going forward, Solly March cut inside onto his left foot and tried his luck but failed to test Caoimhin Kelleher.

Kevin Friend blew up for half-time after an action-less first 45.

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PositivesNegatives
Nat Phillips, he can do no wrong. He’s in the right place all the time, dare I say, calm as you like?Sloppy in parts, losing the ball too easily.
Positive not be behind.Lacking aerially from set-pieces. We’re not as menacing when it comes to dead-ball situations.
Very slow and predictable in possession. 10 sometimes 11 behind the ball for Brighton and we can’t breakthrough.
One of the fastest first halves of football for all the wrong reasons.
First Half Reflection

Uninspiring Liverpool

Roberto Firmino’s deflected effort trickled just wide.

Brighton were in front before the hour mark with the first shot on target in the match.

Somehow the ball squirmed in after Burn’s header across goal that hit Alzate and found it’s way into the far corner.

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Then a rare opening for Liverpool, Mohamed Salah fired over from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cut back.

Brighton nearly doubled their lead, Pascal Groß forced Kelleher into a brilliant low-save.

Once again the visitors came close, Trossard weaving in and out found a gap and forced the 22-year-old to make yet another good save.

PositivesNegatives
Forced mistakes from the visitors high up the field.Brighton defenders were everywhere, not ideal for blocks and interceptions.
A decent game for Kelleher, good to see if Alisson misses a game. Same as the first half, slow and predictable against negative tactics.
No creativity or cutting edge, it’s frustrating.
Second Half Reflection

Liverpool Transfer Room Verdict

Following the game, we asked LFCTR Writers; Priyasha and Ritchie for their match reaction.

Priyasha’s Verdict:

Priyasha said: “It was an extremely disappointing night, but not all that surprised. 2 home defeats in a row, what more could I say?

“The whole team was shocking, just shocking, save for young Kelleher.

Spamming meaningless crosses is back and we had just 1 shot on target all game.

“About time we accept that we are not winning the league in this form.

Ritchie’s Verdict:

Ritchie said: “Really difficult to digest after a really good two previous games.

“Liverpool looked tired and lethargic and their build up play was sloppier than a soup sandwich.

The main issue seems to be The Reds are unable to beat the bottom teams who come to park the bus and hit us on the counter.

“Lots of work to do before City on Sunday.

Stephen’s Verdict:

It’s the same old story, the tempo is slow, it’s predictable and it’s dull to watch.

No shots on target in the first half. One in 90 minutes, an unbreakable game plan against Liverpool comes up trumps.

Then they go up the other end and it pinballs into the far corner, you can’t write it, but we didn’t deserve anything from the game.

It’s hard to pinpoint a problem and find a solution, the bottom line is it is spineless, uninspiring, lifeless.

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