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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Brighton 1-3 Liverpool

As I predicted in our match preview, Brighton gave Liverpool far more of a game than Aston Villa did on Sunday, more or less matching us for possession and chance.


It was a fairly even affair in the first half, despite LFC initially blitzing the home side and racing into a two nil lead early doors.


But by half time it was 2-1 and Brighton looked the better of the two sides. Neco Williams had been given a run out from the start, at left back, and despite looking handy going forwards he was often exposed by the marauding Lamptey.


Into the second half though, and the introduction of Andy Robertson restored that precious balance to our back line and, eventually, order was restored, with Liverpool moving into a 3-1 lead before missing chances to make it four or five.


In all honesty, prior to that third goal, Brighton themselves could've equalised and it wouldn't have been undeserved. But the Reds weathered that early second half storm to come through comfortable winners in the end.


Alisson - Had few real saves to make and will have been annoyed at having to concede. One fumble aside - a rarity for Alisson - he was comfortable throughout. 7


Trent Alexander-Arnold - A good game all round, whipping crosses in with abandon and found Williams on the opposite flank regularly. Wasn't tested as much down the right, as Brighton focused a lot of their attention down the youngster's left hand side. 7

Virgil Van Dijk - Dealt with most things well but was left looking somewhat statue-like for Brighton's goal. Fairly untroubled, otherwise. Despite Brighton being quite lively in the first half. 7

Joe Gomez - Looked a bit shaky in the first half and, like his counterpart, stood still for the home side's goal. Got a deserved yellow for a foul, after a daft short pass that would've seen Brighton in on goal. 6

Neco Williams - Attacking-wise he was brilliant, look really up for a fight but didn't seem to have realised he as meant to track back as well. Fouled the equally impressive Lamptey a few times before getting a booking. Off at half time as a precaution. 6

Jordan Henderson - Bossed the midfield for large parts of the game and grabbed a deserve first half goal. Could've had a second in the second half but for a deflection. 7

Gini Wijnaldum - Was his usual tidy self but struggled to really impose himself on a fast moving game in the first half. Settled better in the second half. Becoming a dad again may be taking it's toll on him. 6


Naby Keita - As the games tick by, Naby's form continues to improve. We'll get a goal and a midfield masterclass on Saturday, we hope. 7

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Struggled once again, but this time was expected to run out in Mane's position. It's really unfair on the midfielder, who has never excelled out wide. He's much better in the middle but has been out of sorts and was no better tonight. 6


Mo Salah - He's been building to that sort of display, but will have been disappointed he missed out on a hat-trick. A quick goal to start us off and then bagging the third, with an assist in between will have been more than enough for most forwards but Mo was hungrily hunting for a third for much of the second half. It did not arrive. 8 Man of the Match


Roberto Firmino - Much better than his recent form and looked like his old self. Hunted the Brighton defenders down, which largely led to our early lead, along with Keita. 7


Subs:

Andy Robertson - Provided some much needed calm at left back and provided Lamptey with a much more difficult customer to bypass. His delivery looked more dangerous than it has since the restart too. 7


Fabinho - Solid, dependable and just oozes class. Snuffed Brighton's threat out, pretty much, after his late introduction. 7

Sadio Mane - Unlucky not to get a goal or two and would've, had Salah not been looking for his third. Looked visibly pissed off on a couple of occasions when a pass to him was the better option. He'll live to score another day, though. 7


James Milner - On a bit later to see the job out. Did it. NA


Takumi Minamino - Looked strong and quick, unlucky not to get his first goal late on, but was nudged off his stride and failed to get a shot off, sadly for our Mini. NA



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