LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 30, 2019: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the second goal, his second of the game, during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“A double-digit lead over City is colossal” – Liverpool fans react to manic 2-1 win over Brighton

Virgil van Dijk scored twice early on but a red card and the influence of Martin Atkinson saw another shaky ending as Liverpool beat Brighton 2-1.

Liverpool 2-1 Brighton

Premier League, Anfield
November 30, 2019

Goals: Van Dijk 18′, 24′; Dunk 79′

With Man City held to a 2-2 draw with Newcastle earlier in the day, the Reds looked set to saunter to another victory and go 11 points clear as they went 2-0 up within the first half-hour.

The goals both came via the boot of Trent Alexander-Arnold and the head of Van Dijk, who rose highest to nod past Mat Ryan twice in the space of six minutes.

But Brighton remained in the game and were handed a lifeline in the second half as Alisson handled outside the box and, with his replacement Adrian still lining up his wall, Lewis Dunk pass the resulting free-kick into the back of the net.

Fortunately, the Reds were able to hold on, and with another three points they go 11 clear of both City and Chelsea at the top of the Premier League, with Leicester to host Everton on Sunday.

Here’s how Liverpool fans reacted to a dramatic afternoon on Twitter, Facebook and the This Is Anfield forums.


‘Justice for the 96’ rang around Anfield for the first six minutes…


Van Dijk was lauded for two goals and a top-class performance…

“Bloody beautiful you lanky Dutch beanstalk!”

RodM on the forums.


There was agony over Alisson’s red card and Adrian’s early concession, but the blame fell on Atkinson…

“Allison had no choice but to come out because the defence wasn’t deep enough.”

Abdi Salat on Facebook.

“Atkinson is a joke, how can you blow to take the free kick with the keeper still sorting out his wall.”

James Stephen on Facebook.


Ultimately, however, fans were left to savour Liverpool going 11 points clear…

“We’ll take it. Nothings been easy this season but look at the standings. Love it.”

Barry Darlington on Facebook.

“Another 3 points, 11 points clear of City. No moaning or looking for negatives from me. Bloody wonderful isn’t it?”

SirBillShankly on the forums.

“Eleven points clear – is it too much to ask for the Bitters to do us a favour tomorrow?”

cynicaloldgit on the forums.