Liverpool vs Brighton: Player Ratings
Goal Keepers and Defenders
Alisson Becker (GK) – 8/10
You truly worry about what the final score would have been if the Brazilian had not been present early on and throughout the entire season.
Alisson still performs at a world-class level despite the fact that his colleagues have not been able to provide the necessary defense to even have aspirations of a clean sheet.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – 4/10
This was yet another challenging encounter for Alexander-Arnold. He was already under the limelight following his exclusion from the England team and Jurgen Klopp’s passionate defense of his abilities.
He appears to be mentally unfocused, as evidenced by the ease with which Trossard finished off after his headed clearing rapidly returned within the box. This was the opening goal.
Joel Matip (CB) – 7/10
The centre-back seems to be one of the team’s most composed players as those around him struggled.
Matip set the standard for his performance in the opening minute by pressuring Roberto Sanchez in the goal for Brighton. He is strong in one on ones and ready to step out of the line.
Virgil van Dijk (CB) – 6.5/10
The Dutchman made a few key stops on his own end, preventing what appeared to be clear goalscoring opportunities. But Brighton’s third goal just slipped right by him!
Kostas Tsimikas (LB) – 6.5/10
It was time for Tsimikas’ third start of the season, which was regrettably not one of his best, as Andy Robertson was still in the treatment room due to a knee injury.
Still had the stamina to fight on but only was able to win one of his four ground battles. After only an hour, James Milner took his place.
Jordan Henderson (CM)- 4/10
The captain’s first start since Newcastle’s late-August visit was evidently his first game back from injury because he just wasn’t nearly up to speed.
Their opening goal was the result of a shaky attempt to stop a Brighton player on the edge of the penalty area, and his inability to prevail in duels in the middle of the field was a fatal flaw.
Thiago (CM) – 6.5/10
Overall, it was a good but unremarkable performance. But he did use his magic feet once. And it was essential that he saw Luis Diaz in the lead-up to the second goal.
Fabinho (CM) – 5/10
You start to question if Fabinho’s lack of performance is the result of accumulated exhaustion. Or the fact that he is being tugged in too many directions when he is off by just 1%.
The Brazilian felt like he was attempting to run on the sand during the transition. But had plenty of defensive work to do and won six of his seven ground and ariel duels combined.
Mohamed Salah (RW) – 7/10
A bright spark-up top assisted Firmino in scoring the opening goal by being aware of his longtime teammate, and he also nearly scored himself.
This season, he has drawn a lot of criticism for playing too wide, yet there have been instances when he has needed to drop deep into midfield just to see the ball.
Fabio Carvalho (LW) – 6/10
Carvalho was given the opportunity to start on the left flank due to Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez, and the need to rest Luis Diaz’s fitness problems; nonetheless, he struggled once more.
He did his fair share of defensive work, for what it’s worth. Although it’s not his preferred position, and the squad wasn’t performing at its peak.
Roberto Firmino (CF) – 7.5/10
After responding most quickly in the first half, the one who neatly finished to bring Liverpool back into the game and then displayed calmness to make it five goals for the season.
His confidence increased as a result of his goals, which was only natural, and his hesitation in the opening minutes of the game only got less as we moved on.
Milner (LB) – 4.5/10
Milner thought he’d remind everyone that the first football rule you learn is not to pass the ball across your goal. At the back post, he lost his man.
Luis Diaz (LW) – 7/10
He gave the spark Liverpool was lacking, and it took him no time to set up Firmino and get his team back into the game.
Elliot (CM) – 5.5/10
He was clean and in control. But Trent was already having trouble, so his position on the right side of midfield didn’t help.
Diogo Jota (CF) – 6/10
offered a unique dynamic when in charge of the line.
Darwin Nunez (CF) – N/A
When Liverpool needed to keep the ball, he gave it to them. Also, what is it with all the careless fouls?