Liverpool were played off the park today as Brighton romped to a well deserved 3-0 victory. A brace from Solly March and a late Welbeck goal took the Seagulls above the Reds in the table. Here are player ratings from the encounter.

Alisson – 4

Off his line quickly to head clear a number of through balls over the top. Made a number of saves.

Alexander-Arnold 1.5

Cleared one off the line early on and showed great recovery to save a two on one counter first half. Second half he was poor, allowing Mitoma dance past him over and over again. He did create a big chance going forward, with a lovely cross finding Oxlade-Chamberlain six yards from goal.

Matip – 0

All over the place. Gave the ball away for one of their goals.

Konaté – 4.5

Came over to deal with Mitoma a lot early on. Shows you just how poor his partner was. Probably the best defender in red today. Big leap to get an effort on target deep into stoppage time.

Robertson – 0

Dreadful. Solly March tore him a new one. Offered nothing going forward.

Fabinho – 0

Should have been dropped months ago.

Henderson – 0

Kept hoofing the ball up in the air under no pressure. Brighton just played round him. It was too easy.

Thiago 0

Played behind the front two first half and was anonymous. Dropped back into his natural role deep in midfield and was not as woeful. Stopped Mitoma with a big tackle in the box late on.

Salah 0

He’s the big name, the leader in attack. Played like anything but. Terrible first touch throughout. Pocketed by Estupinan and Colwill.

Gakpo 2

Hard to make your Premier League debut amongst this shower of mediocrity. Grafted and went close once or twice.

Oxlade-Chamberlain 0

Was ducking out of challenges. Do you blame him? An injury means he probably won’t get that big contract at a new club this summer.


Gomez – 0

Came on and managed to play worse than Matip. I firmly believe he’s never going to get back to his pre-injury form in the title winning season. Turned inside out by Welbeck for his goal and again late on when Alisson had to make the save.

Elliott – 0

What’s the point? Great chance to pull one back and he stabbed it pitifully wide. Gave the ball away loads.

Keita – 0

Gave away loads of fouls. Found Elliott in the box for his chance. Overhit one down the line for Gakpo.

Doak – 0

Played out of position on the left wing with Carvalho on the bench. At this point Fabio just needs to hand in a transfer request. Doak looked out of his depth. Not his fault though. He’s the least experienced member of the squad. This result is on his senior colleagues.

Jürgen Klopp

This was embarrassing today. Brighton had the ‘oles’ out late on. The manager has allowed the wonderful team of mentality monsters he built to slowly disintegrate into this spineless show of ineptitude. His management of Fabio Carvalho is curious as well.

The 20 year old won’t solve all the problems but to constantly overlook him like this screams of something going wrong behind the scenes. The manager’s loyalty to certain underperforming players continues to bemuse. There are more than a few who could have been binned long ago but keep starting every week.


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