Liverpool and Brighton share honours in a last-moment thriller
Liverpool and Brighton share honours in a humdinger Premier League encounter
Leandro Trossard scored a historic hattrick for Brighton
Adam Webster's own goal and Firmino's double saves Liverpool
Liverpool’s lacklustre performance handed them a draw against Brighton and Hove Albion in front of a packed home crowd at Anfield on Saturday. Liverpool’s defence, which has looked bleak all season, meant that a brilliant double by Brazilian Roberto Firmino and an unexpected own goal by Brighton’s Adam Webster (63) were still not enough to pocket the win. Brighton’s prospects were brightened by Belgian Leandro Trossard’s historic hattrick, which ensured that they went home with heads held high.
Chinks in Liverpool’s armour were exposed as early as the fourth minute when a shot by Trossard waltzed past Alison Becker to give Brighton an early lead. Jurgen Klopp’s strategies seemed to not have worked clearly as two other legitimate goal attempts were stopped thanks only to last-moment brilliance by Liverpool’s Brazilian goalie, Alisson Becker. However, it wasn’t long before Trossard broke the reds’ hapless defence for a clean 2-0 headstart, barely 17 mins into the match. However, Liverpool’s attack looked active with Roberto Firmino picking up a difficult ball after out-manoeuvring 2 Brighton defenders for Liverpool’s maiden goal. He followed it up with a brilliant tackle which eventually resulted in a goal in the 53rd minute to finally level scores.
Things were going Liverpool’s way after an unexpected own goal by Adam Webster ensured that they went into the lead for the first time. With things looking virtually sealed, it took a glimpse of greatness from the man of the moment Trossard as he did not miss a direct shot, right into the goal. “Obviously it is always nice if you can score but especially three at Anfield. We are disappointed not to get a clean sheet but it’s good to get a point here. It’s always tough” said Brighton’s talisman for the day, Leandro Trossard.
Liverpool will have to seriously work up their defensive technique as individual performances cannot lift a sinking ship over the course of a long season. At the end of the day, Trossard’s brilliance was too good for even an unfortunate self goal to hurt Brighton’s fortunes away from home.