On the face of it, today was a good day for Liverpool. With two of the Reds’ closest challengers in the title race both dropping points, they end Saturday eleven points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
As for the 2-1 win against Brighton which secured a crucial three points for Jürgen Klopp’s side, Liverpool were lucky.
This was a very poor home performance, barring a bright first 25 minutes. A headed brace from Virgil van Dijk should have set his side up for a comfortable and attacking-minded afternoon of football.
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Instead, Graham Potter’s visiting seagulls grew into the game, and should have reduced Liverpool’s lead before halftime, when Lewis Dunk miscued wide.
Dunk later redeemed himself when firing a low free-kick past Adrián, after Alisson had been deservedly sent off. Despite his team surviving a nervy last few minutes, Klopp should have every reason to be disappointed with his players today.
Here are your ratings, after a reminder of my system.
Ali 5 — Misplaced a few passes out from the back before a crazy decision saw the Reds’ No.1 deservedly sent-off.
Trent 7.5 — Two quality assists from his superb set-piece delivery. General play was of a fairly high level, too.
Degsy 7 — A couple of awkward moments can be forgiven as the Croat made some important interceptions and aerial duels.
Big Virg 8.5 — Showed why he is the best defender in the world, whilst also emerging with a brace. First header in particular was superb.
Robbo 7 — While the Scottish national willingly worked up and down the left wing, his final ball never quite found its target today.
Ox 6.5 — Constant sense of a goal threat from midfield, although the Ox did occasionally lose ball possession too easily.
Hendo 6.5 — Looked slightly uncomfortable being moved back to the six-role, but did offer a number of impressive passes.
Gini 6 — Never imposed himself upon the game enough to dominate the midfield.
Mo 5 — Did not look fit.
Bobby 5.5 — There can never be too many concerns when a side goes 11-points clear after 14 league games. However, no goal in 11 home games for Roberto Firmino is a worry.
Sadio 7.5 — It feels as though Mané has carried this attack so far this Premier League season. Once again, comfortably the Reds’ most threatening forward.
La La Land 5.5 — After a decent run of performances, this was a poor cameo from the former Southampton man, quickly losing a few 50-50 challenges.
Divvy 6 — Tried to hold his own aerially, up against a big Brighton backline.
Adrián 6 — Was unlucky at how quickly Martin Atkinson blew his whistle for the goal, but fortunate when a spilled ball was not tapped home.