Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0 Liverpool: Player Rating as March double as Klopp’s Reds slump to dismal defeat

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Solly March scored twice and Danny Welbeck added a third as Liverpool slumped to a woeful defeat against Brighton at the Amex Stadium.

Liverpool’s dire season took another turn for the worse as Solly March’s double helped Brighton and Hove Albion to a superb 3-0 Premier League win on Saturday.

March, who saw VAR convert a penalty in the first half, scored twice in the opening eight minutes of the second half to put the game out of Liverpool’s reach.

Substitute Danny Welbeck added a famous third late on to seal Jurgen Klopp’s beleaguered Reds’ sixth heaviest defeat of the season.

The result helped the Seagulls move above Liverpool into seventh, leaving the eighth-placed Reds seven points adrift of the Champions League qualification places.

Brighton were comfortably the better team in the opening 30 minutes, but despite a number of promising opportunities, they were unable to beat Alisson.

The Liverpool keeper breathed a sigh of relief shortly before half-time when he was awarded a penalty for a foul in March after the Brighton midfielder ventured marginally offside in a set-piece.

March was not to be denied a minute into the second half when he met Kaoru Mitoma’s through ball in front of goal with a simple finish past Alisson.

It got even better for Brighton and March seven minutes later when the 28-year-old latched on to Evan Ferguson’s pass, collected the ball from his marker and curled a fine left-footed finish past Alisson from 15 yards.

Liverpool’s misery was compounded nine minutes from time when former Manchester United forward Welbeck lifted the ball over the head of Joe Gomez and slotted past Alisson for a good third.

Brighton player ratings

March netted twice against Liverpool
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GK: Robert Sanchez – 6/10 – On alert a few times to come out of his box and clean up, but not a busy day.

RB: Pascal Gross – 7/10 – Tucked infield pretty regularly and helped Brighton play through Liverpool’s lacking press.

CB: Lewis Dunk – 7/10 – Brought down Gakpo for a yellow card. Rarely had Liverpool attackers running in behind and used the ball well.

CB: Levi Colwill – 6/10 – Cool and calm when briefly put in tough spots in the first half.

LB: Pervis Estupinan – 7/10 – Bombed forward to provide Mitoma with more options in atack.

CM: Moises Caicedo – 7/10 – Constantly picked up loose possession and quickly asserted himself against Liverpool’s ageing midfield.

CM: Alexis Mac Allister – 7/10 – Combative, played cheeky passes around the corner and in tight spaces. Straight back into the flow on his first start since the World Cup.

RW: Solly March – 9/10 – Has hit form in recent weeks but this was an all-time career best performance from March. He gambled to get into the middle for his first strike and produced a brilliant finish to seal the points. Assisted Welbeck later with a header.

AM: Adam Lallana – 7/10 – Liverpool’s centre backs couldn’t decide who should pick up Lallana and he made use of the space, playing passes around the box to keep Brighton’s attacks flowing.

LW: Kaoro Mitoma – 8/10 – Slowed down and sped up out wide, constantly keeping Alexander-Arnold guessing. Deserved the assist for March, even if it was slightly scuffed.

ST: Evan Ferguson – 7/10 – Provided a physical contest Liverpool’s defence struggled with. Good pass played in March for his second.


Substitutes

Joel Veltman (66′ for Lallana) – 6/10 – A more conservative switch which paid off.

Danny Welbeck (66′ for Ferguson) – 8/10 – Added pace to Brighton’s counter attacks and sealed the win with a brilliant effort after collecting March’s header.

Jeremy Sarmiento (83′ for Mac Allister) – N/A

Tariq Lamptey (90′ for Mitoma) – N/A

Adam Webster (90′ for Dunk) – N/A


Manager

Roberto De Zerbi – 8/10 – Got his set-up spot on, exposing Liverpool’s ageing players and targeting their weaknesses out wide.


Liverpool player ratings (4-3-3)

GK: Alisson – 5/10 – Almost conceded a penalty but saved by VAR intervention. A couple of saves but not at his intimidating best.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 3/10 – Cleared a shot going wide over the bar. Saw Mitoma run past him again and again and Liverpool were eventually made to pay for it.

CB: Joel Matip – 3/10 – Slid in hard on Mitoma for a booking. Sloppy pass led to March’s opener.

CB: Ibrahima Konate – 4/10 – Slightly more composed than Matip but looked similarly at sea with Ferguson at times. Lost March for the third.

LB: Andy Robertson – 5/10 – Was high up the pitch when Matip gave the ball away, allowing March to exploit his absence. Probably the best of Liverpool’s defenders but hardly a standout performance.

CM: Jordan Henderson – 3/10 – Frustrated late tackle on Caicedo saw him booked. Off the pace.

CM: Fabinho – 2/10 – Couldn’t stop Brighton playing straight through Liverpool’s midfield and was positionally unaware throughout the contest.

CM: Thiago – 3/10 – Liverpool only started getting more of the ball late on, by which time is was a little late for Thiago to make an impact.

RW: Mohamed Salah – 4/10 – Had to chase long balls from the outset and didn’t get many scoring opportunities. Cut a frustrated figure.

ST: Cody Gakpo – 4/10 – First Premier League appearance and will hope for much improvement. Scarcely involved except for one blocked shot.

LW: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 3/10 – Only playing because of the injury crisis across Liverpool’s front three.


Substitutes

Ben Doak (68′ for Oxlade-Chamberlain) – 6/10 – Showed some vigour but the result had already been sealed.

Naby Keita (68′ for Fabinho) – 5/10 – Struggled similarly to Fabinho.

Harvey Elliott (69′ for Henderson) – 5/10 – Dragged one good opening wide when well placed.

Joe Gomez (69′ for Matip) – 5/10 – Couldn’t help clean up Liverpool’s poor defending.


Manager

Jurgen Klopp – 4/10 – Needed a more dynamic presence in midfield from the outset and saw his players overrun. Hands are tied a fair bit by injury but this defeat felt bleak.

Player of the match – Solly March

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