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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 2-1 Brighton

After a poor showing in the week, the first hour of today's game was just the medicine, as Liverpool shot into a two goal lead and looked good for it.


Brighton threatened at times but Liverpool looked mainly in control. A couple of missed chances to make it three came and went, before the Reds began to get complacent.


But it was that old weakness of ours this season - complacency - that saw Brighton find a way back into the match, as Alisson chose to handle the ball outside his box.


The Reds held on, despite conceding a late goal and have now raced into an eleven points lead over champions Man City.


Alisson - After a fairly easy job in the week, the Brazilian number one had his trickiest game in weeks today but handled it pretty well. That was, until he inexplicably came out of his box, got caught short in challenging a through ball and instead used his hand. Red card. Even the best goalie in the world can make stupid mistakes, sometimes. 2


Trent Alexander-Arnold - The young full back was on the bench in the week and it showed, as Liverpool's creativity was almost reduced by half. Today, he assisted two goals for Virgil Van Dijk from corners and was a thorn in Brighton's side throughout. More of this going forward, please. 8


Virgil Van Dijk - An almost perfect performance from the world's best centre back (and even possibly player, come this time in a week), who coupled defensive brilliance with a couple of goals. And, some great defending from Dunk aside, could've had a hat-trick. 9 Man of the Match


Dejan Lovren - It seems mad to give the two centre backs 8+ in a game where we failed to keep a clean sheet yet again but both of them were excellent. It wasn't a defensive lapse that led to Brighton's goal, it was sub-par refereeing, allowing the away side to take their free-kick while substitute Adrian was still arranging his wall. The Croat has been superb recently and was once again today. 8


Andy Robertson - Had a solid game but still doesn't look like he's quite 100%. It's the derby on Wednesday though, and Robbo is always up for the big games. 7


Gini Wijnaldum - Alternated with Henderson in the number six role and both did well enough. Personally, Gini is a better fit but today was almost like a trial run for both of them. They both possess the attributes to fill in for Fabinho. 7


Jordan Henderson - Same as applied to Gini - good game, solid, without being spectacular. Covered well for Trent and seemed to be playing a more reserved game today. Captain needs to be up for the big one in the week. 7


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Had his chance from the start again, in Fabinho's absence, but failed to really grasp his chance. Had the opportunity to make it 3-nil, but his shot was too straight and it was deflected behind for another corner. Will probably lose out to James Milner in the week. 6


Sadio Mane - Brighton didn't so much nullify out front line, as they were pretty profligate today. They all had their chances, but failed to take them. Mane included. But he's been out shining light lately when we've needed him to so he can't take too much criticism. 6


Mo Salah - The Egyptian was once again struggling to find anything even resembling good form. Off the pace of his team mates, caught in possession too often and always making wrong decisions. We really need a big display from the Salah soon, for his own sake more than anything. 5


Roberto Firmino - The response post-match to Bobby's display was weird. Some thought he was excellent. Others thought he was awful. We were somewhere in-between. He was just fine. Not quite the scintillating Bobby of seasons past but better than he has been at times recently, that's for sure. 6


Subs:

Adam Lallana - Brought a bit of calmness to the midfield in the second half when it looked like Brighton were starting threaten a bit more. You can sort of see what Klopp likes about him in the deep role, but he's a little bit too old to start changing positions now. Useful, nonetheless though. 7


Divock Origi - Came on. Did literally nothing of any use. 4


Adrian - Nothing he could do to stop the goal when the ref is hellbent on cocking up for you. Had a fumble a bit later on, but recovered to get his hands around the ball. 6



 

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