Liverpool 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: Steven Alzate scores in shock win
Brighton boss Graham Potter praised his aspect’s “braveness, high quality and togetherness” as they surprised Liverpool at Anfield to maneuver 10 factors away from the Premier League relegation zone.
Steven Alzate acquired a fortuitous however deserved winner for Brighton, who are actually unbeaten in 4 league matches, whereas the Reds’ current struggles at house continued.
Liverpool, who’re seven factors behind leaders Manchester Metropolis having performed a recreation extra, haven’t gained at house since 16 December and have failed to attain in three consecutive video games at Anfield for the primary time since October 1984.
After going 68 video games with no league defeat at their house floor, Jurgen Klopp’s aspect have now additionally misplaced back-to-back video games there.
Dan Burn ought to have put the guests forward within the first half, solely to slice over the crossbar, however it was the defender’s header throughout objective that arrange the winner.
Nathaniel Phillips may solely get a toe to it and the ball deflected off Alzate and past stand-in Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher.
“We fought after we needed to – we needed to block and defend as a group – however I believed we confirmed high quality after we attacked and braveness and bravado with the ball,” mentioned Potter.
“To come back right here and get the end result we now have, I believe you’ve got to be near excellent. I believed we have been.
“Unbelievable efficiency. I believed the gamers have been superb. Such braveness, high quality, togetherness.”
It lifts Brighton to 15th within the desk, whereas Liverpool slip to fourth after Leicester Metropolis’s win at Fulham.
Seagulls rise to Anfield problem
Brighton boss Potter mentioned going to Anfield was “as powerful a take a look at as you’re going to get in soccer”, however it was one the Seagulls rose to beautifully.
This was not a smash-and-grab within the model of Burnley’s victory final month, however a managed and disciplined efficiency from a aspect who’ve now saved 4 successive clear sheets.
They’ve additionally recorded back-to-back wins in opposition to so-called ‘massive six’ sides – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United and Tottenham – after seeing off Spurs on Sunday.
Wing-back Burn induced issues from the left and turned Neal Maupay’s deflected effort over the crossbar within the first half, however confirmed extra composure to nod throughout objective for Alzate’s first Premier League objective.
Liverpool added extra urgency to their recreation in a bid to discover a leveller, however in a recreation of few probabilities it was nonetheless the guests who created the higher of them.
Kelleher, in for Alisson who was affected by sickness, needed to make a sensible saves from Leandro Trossard and Pascal Gross to cease Brighton doubling their lead.
On the different finish, Potter’s aspect diminished the champions to only one shot on the right track because the Seagulls recorded their first league win at Anfield since 1982.
“We would have liked slightly little bit of luck, however on the similar time I believed we earned that luck and it is a tremendous efficiency and a improbable end result,” he added. “We contributed to the sport, tried to assault, tried to play.
“The three factors are actually necessary. We have to stick with it. We do not get too down when issues do not go our manner and should not get too excited after they do go our manner. It is the character of the league – issues flip round shortly.”
Reds wrestle to attain at house
For nearly 4 years, Liverpool have been unbeatable within the league at Anfield, however the Reds have now misplaced at house to each Burnley and Brighton in two weeks.
Klopp’s aspect seemed to have reignited their title problem between these defeats with wins at Tottenham and West Ham however, after Mohamed Salah lifted an early likelihood over the crossbar on Thursday, the current struggles at house returned.
The Reds have discovered it exhausting to interrupt down compact defences and went nearly half an hour with out even having a shot within the first half, earlier than one other long-range Salah effort was blocked exterior the penalty space.
These have been the one two makes an attempt Liverpool may muster earlier than the break, their fewest within the first half of any league recreation this season as they struggled to stretch Brighton.
There was extra intent from the hosts after the interval however the closest they got here was when Salah fired narrowly vast from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low, pushed cross.
Klopp’s group haven’t gained at house since beating Tottenham on 16 December.
Maybe extra worryingly for the German, they haven’t scored at Anfield for 348 minutes – since Sadio Mane’s objective 12 minutes into the 1-1 draw with West Brom on 27 December.
It’s the first time Liverpool have gone three house leagues recreation with no objective in additional than 36 years, whereas they grow to be solely the second reigning Premier League champion to take action after Manchester United of their ultimate three house video games of the 2001-02 season.
Klopp wants to seek out a solution to his aspect’s attacking lethargy at house earlier than they welcome a Manchester Metropolis aspect who’ve saved six successive clear sheets on Sunday.
‘The boys seemed drained mentally’
Liverpool boss Klopp talking to BBC Radio 5 Stay: “Disenchanted, nothing to smile about actually. Robust one to take. A very powerful week – two away video games, two very intense video games – and tonight we seemed actually like we weren’t recent sufficient mentally and bodily.
“Plenty of moments the place we gave the ball away too simply, in moments the boys seemed drained mentally. I do know they will move the ball from A to B however it did not occur. We made it simple for Brighton however in addition they did rather well.
“Brighton deserved to win, little question about it. For me, it is extra necessary to seek out a proof for why we misplaced this recreation and perceive what occurred right here. We did not look convincing.”
Brighton supervisor Potter: “We confirmed braveness after we had the ball and after we did not. We defended with our lives. We restricted a great group to not too many probabilities. We had just a few ourselves.
“You must be disciplined right here. Big credit score to the gamers who labored so exhausting. I am unable to communicate extremely sufficient of the character of efficiency – sensational.
“It isn’t a straightforward place to get factors. They are a high group. We’re simply making an attempt our greatest on this league. Each recreation we face an enormous job. It is one for the supporters and everybody concerned within the membership. It isn’t usually a membership like us come right here and win.”
Sanchez gathering clear sheets – the stats
- Liverpool have misplaced consecutive house league video games for the primary time since September 2012, having been unbeaten in 68 at Anfield earlier than this.
- Brighton beat Liverpool for the primary time in 13 conferences – the final time was a 2-Zero FA Cup win in 1984.
- Brighton have gained three of their previous 4 Premier League video games (one draw), as many as they’d of their earlier 23.
- This was the primary time the Seagulls have gained back-to-back league video games since November 2019.
- Brighton have conceded simply 10 targets in 11 Premier League video games with Robert Sanchez in objective this season (5 clear sheets).
- Alzate turned the fourth participant this season to attain his first Premier League objective in a match in opposition to Liverpool at Anfield, essentially the most to have finished so in a single season since 1998-99.
Liverpool host Manchester Metropolis within the league on Sunday (16:30 GMT), whereas Brighton go to Burnley on Saturday (15:00).
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Match ends, Liverpool 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Second Half ends, Liverpool 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Nook, Liverpool. Conceded by Steven Alzate.
Nook, Liverpool. Conceded by Adam Webster.
Try missed. Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) proper footed shot from exterior the field is simply too excessive. Assisted by Adam Lallana.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Andi Zeqiri replaces Leandro Trossard.
Try saved. Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the objective. Assisted by Steven Alzate with a cross.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Aaron Connolly replaces Neal Maupay.
Try blocked. Curtis Jones (Liverpool) proper footed shot from exterior the field is blocked.
Try saved. Leandro Trossard (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from a tough angle on the left is saved within the backside left nook. Assisted by Neal Maupay.
Substitution, Liverpool. Curtis Jones replaces Roberto Firmino.
Try missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) proper footed shot from exterior the field is shut, however misses the highest proper nook. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Try saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) proper footed shot from exterior the field is saved within the high centre of the objective.
Try blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked.
Try blocked. James Milner (Liverpool) proper footed shot from exterior the field is blocked.
Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Neal Maupay tries a by ball, however Dan Burn is caught offside.
Nook, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jordan Henderson.
Try saved. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) proper footed shot from the left aspect of the field is saved within the backside proper nook.
Try blocked. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the fitting aspect of the six yard field is blocked. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross.
Nook, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Nathaniel Phillips.