Post match: Brighton v Liverpool (epl 8/7/20 8.15pm)

Man of the match

  • Alisson

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Alexander-Arnold

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Gomez

    Votes: 1 1.0%
  • Van Dijk

    Votes: 25 25.5%
  • Williams [off 45’]

    Votes: 2 2.0%
  • Henderson [GOAL 8’, off 80’]

    Votes: 30 30.6%
  • Wijnaldum

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Keita [off 61’]

    Votes: 54 55.1%
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain [off 61’]

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Firmino [off 87’]

    Votes: 2 2.0%
  • Salah [GOAL 5’, GOAL 76’]

    Votes: 74 75.5%
  • Robertson [on 45’]

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Mane [on 61’]

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Fabinho [on 61’]

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Milner [on 80’]

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Minamino [on 87’]

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    98
  • Poll closed .

Mascot88

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To open at full time

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Williams, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino.
 

cynicaloldgit

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Never in doubt.

The most interesting thing pre-match (apart from Bobby’s new hairdo) was the call-up for young Neco Williams at left back, with Robbo given (half) a game off to fully clear his hangover. The youngster did reasonably well, although he demonstrated an understandable reluctance to whip in early crosses using his wrong foot and was deservedly booked for a clumsy challenge on the lively Lamptey. I can only assume that Neco was subbed at the interval due to his yellow card.

Brighton merit a tremendous amount of credit for not letting their heads drop after our two early goals- both of which were the result of excellent pressing from Baby, who was much better today and appears to be finally finding his feet. Trossard’s goal late in the first half (swept home with aplomb on the half-volley after a very good Lamptey cross) was no more than they deserved.

Alisson made a couple of decent saves and had no chance with Trossard’s fine finish- after his poor performance at the Emptihad last week, our number one appears to be coming back to form. The regular back four looked unruffled for most of the second half, although Trent didn’t provide his usual threat going forward. Virgil had some moments of pure class, a cushioned header to himself when one-on-one with Connolly being the highlight.

Baby and Hendo controlled midfield but Gini had one of those “Invisible Man” days to which he is prone, especially away from home. Ox had a poor first half but looked better after the break, before being replaced by Mané.

Mo took both his goals well, although he should have squared the ball to Mané when the latter was unmarked on a second half counter attack. Bobby was a bit “meh” by his standards- he has yet to hit his stride after the restart. At the end, it was almost attack versus defence and we could have scored a couple more.

All in all, a bright start followed by a bit of a wobble and then a comfortable second half. It was good to finally see a few goals scored away from Anfield and we only need three more wins to break the points record. Onwards and upwards!

MOTM: Salvatore Genovese. No, he’s not the latest promising young central defender from Italy but rather a farmer from Bedfordshire who grows Carolina Reaper chillies for Tesco. I had a couple of those in my chilli con carne this evening- the missus was struggling with the heat but for me, at least, it was gorgeous.
 

NaturalNine

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30 wins out of 34. What a team, almost makes the 30-year wait for them to come along all worthwhile. It's a real pleasure watching our team dominate week in, week out.

Result was never in doubt today thanks to our smash-and-grab 2 goal lead. I felt that Neco had a good game (after overcoming his stagefright at the start) before he was yanked, then Naby was outstanding too before he was also subbed. It sure felt like we were seeing the rest of the season out by beating up on a clearly inferior team.

It felt like a real luxury to have 2 lean, mean, purring Ferraris in the middle of our defence shutting down everything they throw at us. Well, almost everything, since they did get between our 2 exotics on a couple occasions..

Only 2 downsides today, Hendo's injury (hope it isn't too bad) and also Minamino either looks lost out there, or just completely shorn of confidence. Surely he should have taken a shot when put through on goal but he chose not to. Hopefully a first Liverpool goal soon will solve his confidence issues.

A win's a win, time to enjoy and savour this historic season!
 

mattyhurst

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Credit to Brighton they came out, then again would they have done so if they hadn’t been two nil inside 10 minutes.

Only thing Salah did wrong was that header at the end, VVD was a professional and has been on when Gomez hasn’t since the restart. Some players were off to be honest but I won’t be harsh, Naby had another good game.

Ref was the poorest thing in the game for me
 

macca1970

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A good start with two goals before the 10 minute mark. Then a period of being too eger to find one pass to unlock the Brighton defence, which meant that we kept giving the ball away.

A smart finish from Brighton before the break, which put Klopp into serious mode by getting his most reliable players on to the pitch. Andy, Fabinho, Mane and Milner all coming on to shore up the game.

We then got more control which led to the third goal. Salah should have got his hattrick with the final action of the game, but nevertheless a good performance with two goals and an assist.

Nice learning curve for Neco, showing him that he has a lot to work on. Keeps him hungry and willing to progress.
 

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Did enough but quite sloppy at times I thought. Brighton had deserved chances. We need to be better than that. Should have scored more too I feel.

But it's 3 points, and a better result than @Lowton_Red 's scrappy 0-1 prediction.

Concern for Henderson now. Pretty obvious that we really lose something in midfield when he's not there at the moment.
 

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A much better performance than against Villa. A few tweaks in the starting line up, but we looked very assured from the off. Good experience for Nico (you’ll sometimes need to come out of your comfort zone to represent the Reds). Keita a very good performance. The same can be said for a few others like Hendo, Bobby and Virgil. Only good for the rest though. The subs all played well too. Well done to Brighton as well. There’s a lesson there for the teams that just try and sneak a point from teams like us and Citoil. If Albion play like that week in and week out then they’ll be OK.
 

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Hendo's knee and Ally's worst game for us ever with his boots are the downers oh and that hat-trick miss at the end, oh and Kloppo taking Baby off instead of Trent who was shit today oh and the fact that Jonesy and Elliottsy didn't get on oh and that we have only won 30 games this season...
 

Billy Biskix

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Once we had the first eleven on the pitch the gulf in class was obvious and we cruised in the end. Until then it was an even contest. Defensively we were poor, especially first half. No real shape and very easy to get in behind. Similar to the City game. Williams started well but he was exposed more and more as the half went on and it was the right decision to take him off.

Keita was excellent. Mo was on fire and deserved a hat trick. Thank god for Virgil at the back. Some moments of nonchalant brilliance from him. He is bailing us out back there right now because none of the other defenders are covering themselves in glory since the break. Not a classic team performance but we won, as usual.