The south coast of England was the setting for a dismal afternoon for Liverpool as they were soundly beaten 3-0 by Brighton. The Reds came into this game needing a response after a string of poor performances, but they were unable to muster any sort of fight against the Seagulls. Solly March opened the scoring for Brighton with a well-taken goal and then doubled the home side’s lead shortly after. Danny Welbeck then added a third late on to complete the rout. Each member of the Liverpool team was poor, with Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson receiving the lowest average ratings. Fabinho was the best of the bunch, but even he was unable to affect the result. With the FA Cup third round replay against Wolverhampton coming up on Tuesday, Liverpool must quickly forget this result and focus on the task at hand.
After of Liverpool horrendous 3-0 defeat at Brighton, none left their reputations intact as each put in a terrible performance.
The Reds needed a response after a string of disappointing performances but were awful in the first half considering they were lucky not to go behind.
Shortly after rebooting, Brighton took the lead when Solly March scored after a mistake by Joel Matip and the midfielder then doubled the home side’s advantage.
Since then, Liverpool have been lifeless and Danny Welbeck made it 3-0 late on in what was perhaps the most worrying yet predictable result of the season.
Here we compare our player ratings with those of readers of the Liverpool Echo, WhoScored, FotMob and This Is Anfield.
It was not a day to focus on anything positive on a treacherous afternoon on the south coast.
It was a terrible day for Matip (3.5), who received the lowest average rating after one of his worst performances for Liverpool.
The centre-back was awful for March’s first goal and was passed over far too often, looking like one of many players who have missed their prime.
The Echo’s Ian Doyle gave Matip just three out of 10, saying he was “whole” and “terrible” for a starter.
According to FotMob, The 31-year-old played just one accurate long-range pass from five attempts, summing up Liverpool’s wastefulness.
The second worst player was Jordan Henderson (3.9), who once again looked at sea both with and without the ball.
In our TIA ratings, we admitted to “lost count” of the “branded hoof balls” made by the captain.
Fabinho (4.4) was considered Liverpool’s third-worst player, but Doyle stood up for the Brazilian, admitting his team-mates “didn’t help him”.
In the best player grasping at straws to say the least, the best overall rating went to Ibrahima Konate (5.7).
Next for Liverpool on Tuesday it’s the FA Cup third round replay with Wolverhampton (19:45 UK), which should be fun!