Liverpool Ratings – Salah 4/10, midfield poor in Brighton loss
Liverpool were declassed in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Brighton at the Amex Stadium.
A hot first half for the Reds saw them second best across the pitch, with Japan international Kaoru Mitoma the focus of some bright moments for the home side.
The half-time break could not have come soon enough for Liverpool, but it was just two minutes after the restart before they fell behind when Solly March scored an easy goal from Mitoma’s pass. Things got worse when March scored an excellent strike six minutes later to double the lead.
Jurgen Klopp’s frustration showed in his quadruple substitution in the 69th minute, although that did little to overturn one of his side’s worst performances this season as he saw Danny Welbeck catch a move that started with a throw-in , gave the final touch to 3:0.
A positive performance from Ibrahima Konate shows Liverpool appear secure at centre-back despite the absence of Virgil van Dijk and that will be crucial if midfield continues to struggle.
This was one of Liverpool’s worst performances this season. The Reds seemed disjointed and almost as if they had never played together. Worrying signs from a Liverpool perspective.
Manager rating of 10
5 – Klopp could have improved his midfield selection with the inclusion of Naby Keita, but it’s not clear what he could have done to change the game with four first-team attackers injured. A quadruple change in the second half summed up his thoughts ahead of a long trip back to the North West.
Liverpool’s midfield was poor and Mohamed Salah was anonymous in the second half. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best, players featured after 70 minutes receive no rating)
GK Alisson, 5 – The Brazil international made the saves he expected but was under too much pressure overall after a poor performance from Liverpool.
DF Andy Robertson, 5 – Not many Brighton attacks developed on his cross, but Robertson has also been calm about his attacking performance.
DF Ibrahima Konate, 7 – The France international tried to deal with many attacks that got his way, often making key challenges to ease the pressure on his side. Liverpool are the best of a bad gang.
DF Joel Matip, 6 – Defended well against home team blasts. Impressed as he helped Trent Trent Alexander-Arnold with Mitoma threat although he could have done better for Brighton’s first goal.
DF Trent Alexander-Arnold, 6 – The right-back put on a mixed performance in a difficult fight against Mitoma. He was sometimes slow at tracing hind legs but defended well in one-on-one situations. He also provided the only sign of life in the Liverpool attack with dangerous crosses into the penalty area.
MF Fabinho, 4 – Too often absent from areas where his team needs him. It wasn’t clear what benefit he was adding to the side.
MF Thiago 5 – Made a number of positive defensive plays but couldn’t turn the game around to add any sort of control and that’s what Liverpool needed most in a game where they were completely dominated in the middle of the pitch.
MF Jordan Henderson, 4 — Carefree overtaking and slow to react to danger. He was cautioned in the first half for fouling Moises Caicedo and was eventually substituted.
FW Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 5 – Tried to move his side in the right direction by carrying the ball forward but a poor header which Brighton easily dealt with in the second half summed up Liverpool’s attacking display.
FW Cody Gakpo, 4 – Liverpool struggled to get Gakpo on the ball on his Premier League debut and it was an overwhelming performance.
FW Mohamed Salah, 4 – Salah was quickly ousted by Brighton without much support from his midfield. Anonymous in the second half.
DF Joe Gomez, 6 – came on in a quadruple substitution in the 69th minute but couldn’t turn the game around.
MF Naby Keita, 6 – Helped improve Liverpool’s press but failed to make a difference overall.
MF Harvey Elliott, 6 – Worked tirelessly until the final whistle despite the game being out of Liverpool’s reach.
FW Ben Doak, 6 – A difficult game. The teenager tried to get things going when he had possession but failed to make an impact.