Introduction to the highly anticipated match between Brighton and Liverpool, a 3-0 victory for the former. On Saturday, January 14th, 2023, the two sides met at the Amex Stadium in what was sure to be an exciting encounter. Liverpool, led by Jurgen Klopp, came into the game with a slightly different formation, with Thiago playing 10th in a 4-2-3-1 system. Cody Gakpo, on his Premier League debut, led the Reds’ attack, but it was Brighton who dominated the early stages. Despite their best efforts, Liverpool failed to register a shot on target until the 23rd minute. Kaoru Mitoma caused the Reds’ defence all sorts of problems down the left flank, with Joel Matip struggling to contain him. Solly March was awarded a penalty, but it was ruled out for offside. At the half, the score remained 0-0. However, within a minute of the restart, Brighton took the lead, with March scoring his first of two goals. His second came soon after. Liverpool then made four substitutions in an attempt to get back into the game, but Danny Welbeck put the game to bed with a third goal for the home side. It was a disappointing day for the Reds, who now find themselves in eighth place in the Premier League. Ibrahima Konate was the TIA Man of the Match.
Liverpool were absolutely shocking as they suffered a 3-0 defeat at Brighton on Saturday, with Jurgen Klopp clearly struggling to stop the rot in his squad.
Brighton 3-0 Liverpool
Premier League (18), Amex
January 14, 2023
Goals: March 46′ 53′, Welbeck 81′
Heading into the Amex as underdogs, given their struggle for form and mounting injuries, Klopp fielded his side in a slightly different shape, with Thiago slotting 10th in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Cody Gakpo led the way as a centre-forward on his Premier League debut, but in the early stages it all went the other way as Brighton dominated – as was unfortunately expected.
It took the Reds 23 minutes to get the first shot on target and although it was tackled by Gakpo – and technically beaten on target – the chance was blocked and soon dried up.
Brighton put the visitors at an awkward position with their press and the dangerous Kaoru Mitoma constantly threatened down the left flank, exploiting the struggling Joel Matip.
Alisson and his defense were then sent off as, despite Solly March being brought down in the box, the winger was adjudged to be offside and a penalty was awarded.
HT: Brighton – Liverpool 0:0
Within a minute of the reboot – and with no changes on either side – Liverpool were deservedly behind, through Matip’s fault, when Mitoma charged forward and set up March for the first strike.
March made it 2-0 soon after with a superb finish as Evan Ferguson fed the ball perfectly to his team-mate and Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold watched him move into space and fire home.
Klopp soon rolled the dice: after four substitutions, Joe Gomez, Harvey Elliott, Naby Keita and 17-year-old Ben Doak replaced Matip, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The energy did pick up and Gakpo had a half-chance that was thwarted by Robert Sanchez through Alexander-Arnold’s service, but then Brighton made it 3-0 thanks to Danny Welbeck.
It came from a simple goal as March turned it on and Danny Welbeck fooled Gomez before firing past Alisson to end a humiliating day.
The 3-0 defeat left Liverpool behind Fulham and Brighton in eighth place in the Premier League.
TIA Man of the Match: Ibrahima Konate
Brighton: Sanchez; Gross, Dunk (Webster, 90+1), Colville, Estupinan; McAllister (Sarmiento, 83), Caicedo; March, Lallana (Weltman, 66′), Mitoma (Lampti, 90+1′); Ferguson (Welbeck, 66′)
Unused substitutes: Steele, Van Hecke, Gilmore, Undav.
Liverpool: Alison; Alexander-Arnold, Matip (Gomez, 68′), Konate, Robertson; Fabinho (Keita, 68′), Henderson (Elliott, 68′), Thiago; Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Doak, 68 mins), Gakpo
Unused substitutes: Kelleher, Tsimikas, Milner, Jones, Carvalho.
Next match: Wolves (A) – FA Cup – Tuesday 17 January, 19:45 (GMT).