LIVERPOOL HAD A LACK OF CREATIVE SPARK
After the wonderful goals scored by the Reds on against West Ham, the Brighton match left them totally out of ideas. Liverpool managed one shot on target all game, and the only clear chance the Reds had fell to Salah in the opening exchanges.
Too often the Reds would turn back as they broke up the pitch. Trent Alexander-Arnold eventually had to start crossing balls into a box where the attack was at a huge disadvantage height-wise.
It was clear to see that this team is missing the spark of Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota. However, to not create any real chances in the second half where the chips were down is another big worry for Klopp. Liverpool have failed to win against a bottom half team again.
BRIGHTON’S RESURGENCE CONTINUES WITH ANOTHER WIN
The vulnerability of Liverpool’s defence combined with Graham Potter’s style of football made for a fascinating game of cat and mouse at Anfield – one which the visitors won convincingly.
There are not many Premier League teams who press high up the pitch when facing Liverpool away from home, yet the Seagulls – who are 15th in the table – hounded the Reds’ makeshift center-back pairing of Jordan Henderson and Nat Phillips when they had the ball.
Liverpool struggled to play their way out of their own half and found Brighton to be compact and resolute when they were able to get the ball out to the flanks. Potter’s side is comfortable and expansive on the ball and this is also reflected with their ambitious and intense pressing they are out of possession.
When the results don’t go Brighton’s way, it inevitably leads to accusations that an aesthetically-pleasing brand of football is not as effective as a deep block against the top sides. But with wins over Leeds, Tottenham, and Liverpool in their last four games, Potter is only earning more admirers.