It was back to same old for Liverpool, as their defensive frailties saw a three-goal fightback collapse with Brighton securing a 3-3 draw at Anfield.
Liverpool 3-3 Brighton
Premier League (7), Anfield
October 1, 2022
Firmino 33′ (assist – Salah)
Firmino 54′ (assist – Diaz)
Webster OG 63′ (assist – Alexander-Arnold)
For all the talk of corners turned, it was another slow start for Liverpool as they went a goal behind within four minutes at Anfield.
Worryingly, the Reds needed Alisson at his best to keep the scoreline down, with the Brazilian producing fine stops to deny a Danny Welbeck header and another for Trossard.
He could do nothing for the Belgian’s second in the 17th minute, with more absymal defensive work allowing Trossard in for a hammered effort from the same spot as his first.
At the other end, as Liverpool finally grew into the game, a brilliant stop from Robert Sanchez denied Mohamed Salah after the ball somehow ricocheted to him in the box.
A brilliant finish from Roberto Firmino brought it back to 2-1, following a VAR check, bringing Anfield back into life after a deflating start.
HT: Liverpool 1-2 Brighton
That gave Liverpool immediate impetus, with Diaz’s pace and trickery crafting their second of the afternoon, finding himself one-on-one with Joel Veltman on the break and squaring to Firmino for another composed finish to make it 2-2.
Then it was three, with Alexander-Arnold’s trademark dead ball causing trouble for a lacklustre Sanchez in the box and going in off the shoulder of Brighton defender Adam Webster.
Another stunning stop from Alisson kept Welbeck from nodding in a leveller, with Liverpool still far from their best defensively as Alexander-Arnold continues to show signs of mental fatigue.
It showed late on, as Kaoru Mitoma’s cross went through Virgil van Dijk and Trossard converted his hat-trick despite the goalkeeper’s efforts.
TIA Man of the Match: Alisson
Referee: Andy Madley
Brighton: Sanchez; Veltman, Webster, Dunk, Estupinan (Lallana 75′); Gross (Mitoma 65′), Caicedo, Mac Allister; March, Trossard, Welbeck
Subs not used: Steele, Lamptey, Colwill, Sarmiento, Enciso, Undav, Gilmour
Next match: Rangers (H) – Champions League – Tuesday, October 4, 8pm (BST)