Sluggish Liverpool left the field quickly.
Injuries and scheduling conflicts are valid reasons for Liverpool’s poor performance, but they weren’t valid reasons in past seasons. We’ll get to Brighton shortly. Let’s start with Liverpool. Given their expenditure, this team shouldn’t have suffered successive losses of three goals to Brighton, two to Brentford, and draws with Wolves.
To be quite honest, this wasn’t even close and lacked any creative flair. The only defence worth making is that the Reds are just finally empty after years of never-ending competition, given Jurgen Klopp’s reputation and intelligence. Right now, Manchester City could also want a say in that discussion.
But given the legality of Mohamed Salah’s offside non-offside goal in the 2-2 cup tie with Wolves, Liverpool has now conceded eight goals in its previous three games across all competitions, and all three could theoretically be defeats.
Pick a Liverpool player other than Thiago Alcantara, Mohamed Salah, and possibly Ibrahima Konate, and you’re either talking about a guy who was underwhelming, sluggish, or both. With the exception of an early goal-line clearing, Trent Alexander-Arnold was a passenger while not in possession. Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson, and Joel Matip seemed to be walking slowly. Cody Gakpo—well, he almost put Liverpool back in the game with 20 minutes left, which is how we found out he was there.
Brilliant Brighton is a leader in spotting talent.
Let’s also give Brighton credit for the aforementioned. Liverpool was exposed by the Seagulls’ speed, ferocity, and determination. De Zerbi demonstrated his depth when playing without Leandro Trossard, who walked away, and as 18-year-old Evan Ferguson kept up his strong attack.
But ultimately, Alexis Mac Allister demonstrates the genius of Brighton’s talent spotting. In 2019, a $8 million (approximation) purchase would likely be worth ten times that much, thus Mac Allister doesn’t need to be in a hurry to leave town. also Moises Caicedo.
When Brighton sells Trossard, if they do, the Seagulls may point to a potential discount given Kaoru Mitoma’s objections and place him on the list of “Can Brighton survive their sale?” along with Ben White, Yves Bissouma, and Marc Cucurella.
These acts of bravery are taking place despite the fact that Enock Mwepu’s heart condition ended his career so early. Brighton seems to be a pillar of the Premier League, even amid the ferocious competition.