Brighton 1-3 Liverpool: Winners and losers as Reds finally find form away from home

Liverpool closed in on several Premier League records after the win at the Amex stadium. OLIVER LAWRENSON picks out the Reds’ winners and losers from the game.

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Liverpool proved too strong for Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday night as they saw off the Seagulls’ challenge with relative ease to move on to 92 points for the season so far.

Klopp made a handful of changes from the side that faced Aston Villa and the performance was a noticeable change for the better, even if it wasn’t sparkling.

Several Reds showed their qualities in this performance as Liverpool took another step towards that three-figure target and a potential points record for the Premier League.


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Here are the Liverpool winners and losers from the game: 

Winners

Mohamed Salah

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The Egyptian was once again in fine form. Since the restart it is clear that Salah has his sights set on a third successive Golden Boot. As the league title is now on its way to Anfield, this personal accolade is now in the forefront of his mind, and after this performance any defender will be wondering how they can stop the former Roma winger.

His unwavering personal pursuit showed as he was ruthless, terrorising the Brighton defence with every opportunity he got. Dan Burn in particular had a difficult evening as the Egyptian was a persistent thorn in his side – he wasn’t left an inch all night and was relieved when the final whistle blew.

His first goal was an excellent piece of team pressing, with Naby Keïta and Roberto Firmino key in obtaining and distributing the ball, before Salah put on the finishing touch by dispatching it in a merciless fashion past Maty Ryan in the Brighton goal. His second goal was just as vicious and came from a successful training ground routine with Andrew Robertson. The Scot whipped in a corner into the front post before Liverpool’s No.11 nodded home from an acute angle.

It is now 100 goal involvements – 73 goals and 27 assists – in the Premier League for Salah from 104 games. If he continues to play like this he won’t just have a great opportunity to seize the Golden Boot this season, but every season he remains in the league.

Naby Keïta

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This is the Naby Keïta we have been waiting to see! Since he joined the club at the start of last season he has struggled to keep a regular place in the team due to either injury or a poor performance the fixture after a promising showing. However, after the third-straight positive display it might be time for Liverpool fans to sit up and take notice of the Guinean.

He was at his efficient best and was arguably man of the match in many people’s eyes. His pressing and interceptions were extremely impressive as these key components of his game led to Liverpool’s first two goals. Whenever he had the ball at his feet, he was looking to be positive and move the team forward. Jordan Henderson once again linked up very well with him and allowed the former RB Leipzig man to push forward when the game allowed it.

He was key to everything good about this Liverpool showing until he came off just after the hour mark. Klopp showered Keïta with praise after his performance against Aston Villa on Sunday but after watching that display tonight he will be giving Liverpool’s No.8 another humongous hug to show his appreciation.

Virgil van Dijk

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The Dutchman was at his imperious best once again. It is very hard at this stage not to take for granted how good he is. His consistency has been one of the keys to Liverpool’s development as a club over the last three years and he produced another polished display again on Wednesday night.

With young Neco Williams struggling at times to adapt to left-back, the former Celtic man took control of the situation in a show of brilliant leadership. He guided the teenager throughout the first 45 minutes maintaining consistent dialogue with him whilst mopping up any danger that would come down the left side.

Once Andy Robertson came on at half-time, the Oranje captain turned on the style dealing with any problems with complete disdain. A moment that summed up his performance was run of play late in the second half. As a ball was played up to Brighton striker Aaron Connolly, the Dutchman nonchalantly headed the ball over the top of the Irishman before gliding around him and immediately setting his side on the charge forward.

His fluid and relaxed defensive display further emphasises why he is the best defender in world football. It was a display befitting a special day such as his birthday. £75million continues to look like an absolute steal.

Losers

Neco Williams

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The Welshman is clearly an amazing prospect for Klopp’s side and has put in several positive performances at right-back when called upon this season. Unfortunately, the teenager struggled with his stint at left-back as he looked completely bewildered at times. 

Even with the calming presence of van Dijk alongside him, Williams struggled to adapt to his new surroundings and was consistently caught out of position. Tariq Lamptey caused the academy graduate plenty of problems during the first half with a lack of positional awareness costing the Reds a clean sheet away from home.

He had done some good work prior to that, though, when he charged into his own box and threw himself in front of Leandro Trossard’s strike to prevent what looked like a certain goal.

He was pulled at the interval for Robertson due to his yellow card but Klopp clearly saw that the young man was struggling to adapt on his first Premier League start.

He has come a long way since the start of the campaign and will be a perfect back-up for Trent Alexander-Arnold when required. However, the experiment at left-back will unlikely happen again any time soon after this disappointing display.


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