Liverpool were under pressure to bounce back from their recent back-to-back defeats. Brighton & Hove Albion made it tricky for the Reds, but a Mohamed Salah penalty was enough to give them all three points. @Hormiz_LFC gives his player ratings:
Brighton didn’t have a single shot on target so Alisson had little to do. But when he was called into action to gather crosses he did it with ease.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 8
After getting a knock during warm-ups it was feared that Alexander-Arnold wouldn’t be able to start the match. A slow start looked like he was going to get subbed off but the right-back grew into the game.
TAA put in a fantastic performance and put some great crosses into the box while also dealing with the threat of a counter.
For the second consecutive game, Fabinho found himself at centre-back. This time partnered with van Dijk, Fabinho was class. He dominated Glenn Murray in the air and made some vital intercepts in the box.
Virgil van Dijk: 9
A typically unreal performance from van Dijk. The Dutchman was impenetrable. Another clean sheet under his belt as he continues to transform Liverpool’s defence.
Andy Robertson: 8.5
Robertson once again worked tirelessly on the left – fighting for every 50/50 and never easing off the gas even in the last few minutes. Unlucky not to get an assist in the first half after a terrific cross to Firmino.
Jordan Henderson: 7
Starting in a double pivot with Wijnaldum, Henderson had a poor first half where he didn’t move the ball too well but came out for the second half flying. He was energic and pinged in some great cross-field passes, consistently putting Liverpool on the front foot.
Georginio Wijnaldum: 7
Just like Henderson, Wijnaldum didn’t do enough on the ball in the first half to give Liverpool a creative edge but turned it up in the second.
Xherdan Shaqiri: 6.5
Had good moment here and there, but Brighton’s low block nullified Shaqiri’s game. When he found space he was good, but he struggled to get in between the lines.
Sadio Mané: 6.5
Caused Brighton problems with his skill and pace, but Mané’s decision making was off. When he should have shot, he passed and when he should have passed, he shot.
Roberto Firmino: 7.5
Firmino was all over the park on Saturday. Consistently picking up the ball in dangerous areas and creating trouble for Brighton’s defence. Firmino was at the heart of everything good Liverpool did.
Mohamed Salah: 8
The match winner – after a quiet first half, Salah lit up in the second. A piece of lovely skill earned the penalty which he emphatically slotted home. He continued to be a nuisance for Brighton causing them huge problems. Should have made it 2-0 near the end to cap off a great performance.
James Milner: 6
Came on in the 72nd minute. Milner’s introduction changed the formation to a 4-3-3 as Klopp looked for a more compact midfield. He did the job he was brought on for well. Nothing too spectacular.
Naby Keïta: N/A
Came on in the 90th minute.
Divock Origi: N/A
Came on in the 90th minute.
Also find our match report against Brighton here.