Liverpool – Brighton & Hove Albion
25 August 2018, 17:30
England. Premier League. Matchday 3
Referee Chris Kavanagh
Linesmen Lee BettsSimon Long
Reserve referee Craig Pawson
Who will win?
Brighton & Hove Albion
West Ham United
Hi and welcome to Anfield where Liverpool face Brighton in a Premier League clash.
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Keita, Salah, Mane, Firmino.
Brighton XI: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Balogun, Bong, Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, March, Bissouma, Murray.
Liverpool won the two fixtures between the sides with a combined score of 9–1. Roberto Firmino led the way with two goals against the Seagulls. In all competitions, the Reds are undefeated against Brighton since 1984 (6W 1D).
Brighton, who are coming off a shock 3–2 victory against Man Utd, are missing their captain Lewis Dunk as well as Florin Andone, Jose Izquierdo and Bruno. Quite surprisingly, their best attacking midfielder Pascal Gross is on the bench to start this match.
Liverpool, in the meantime, miss Dejan Lovren and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. They're the only team in the Premier League yet to concede this season and one of just four not to have dropped any points.
Brighton are unsurprisingly cagey early on. We'll see how long will it take for the Reds to break through.
Salah finds Mane near the penalty spot but the Senegalese star was challenged by four opponents and his shot went wide.
Knockaert's shot is straight at Alisson.
Robertson's header reaches Firmino but Ryan makes an unbelievable save to keep the Brazilian's header out, just sweeping it from behind himself!
Keita's run forces one of the defenders to foul him on the edge of the box! Great position for a free-kick.
Alexander-Arnold's effort from that free-kick goes off the bar!
Alexander-Arnold's shot takes a deflection but Ryan stays with it and makes the save.
Salah's attempt at a shot from tight angle is straight at Ryan.
Liverpool continue to dominate possession but are still looking for a way to convert it into goals
GOOOAAAL!!! Liverpool get the breakthrough! A low left-footed shot from Salah hits the far post and goes in!
Liverpool are unbelievably confident right now. They're just cruising.
Milner gets a verbal warning after a poor tackle near the halfway line.
Gini Wijnaldum just dribbled in the air at full speed for about five yards and then got fouled.
Wijnaldum turns in the box and fires — Ryan is up to the task.
Robertson's cross again finds a striker in the box but Mane can't quite get the header right and it's easy for Ryan.
Brighton have managed to stop giving prime chances in the last ten minutes or so.
Both full-backs are joining the attack. When the Reds have the ball, the formation is almost 2–4–1–3.
Firmino's shot goes just high… The Reds have to break past the backline of seven players.
Murray is receiving treatment after a clash with Wijnaldum.
Two minutes added on.
That's it for the first half! A dominant half from the Reds who could've had more than one goal… but there may be more up their sleeves after the break.
We're back underway!
Murray fights his way inside the box, his cross deflects to Knockaert who just misses! Huge chance!
Firmino collides with Ryan as both had their heads up. The ref says the Brazilian striker was the guilty party.
Firmino then received treatment but he's now back on the pitch.
Milner's cross towards the far post is just too far for Robertson.
Liverpool continue to press as they look for some insurance.
Salah appeals for a penalty for handball but the ref says play on!
Balogun is booked for a clumsy foul on Milner.
Gomez' header is straight at Ryan.
Brighton win a free-kick in a dangerous position after Milner's handball.
Bissouma's effort is partially blocked and goes wide.
Henderson replaces Keita as Klopp makes the first move.
Firmino's shot is easy for Ryan.
Liverpool like they are on the brink of getting another goal but the Seagulls do just enough to disrupt them.
Robertson's cross goes off Duffy and just wide!
Jahanbakhsh and Locadia have come on for the Seagulls. Knockaert and March off.
Alexander-Arnold booked for a tactical foul on Locadia.
Bissouma's corner kick delivery finds a bunch of Brighton players open in the box but not one can control that ball.
Sturridge replaces Mane, Gross is on for Bissouma.
Alisson almost gets himself in trouble under pressure but manages to get rid of the ball just in time.
Brighton are now more attacking. More spaces to run into for the Reds.
Robertson has an absolutely amazing game. He could probably play another 90 minutes if he needed to.
Alexander-Arnold's attempt goes just wide but it took a deflection on its way through the defence.
Gross heads the ball on goal but Alisson makes a huge save on the German!!!
Matip replaces Alexander-Arnold.
Three minutes added on.
Liverpool are hanging to their lead comfortably.
Salah puts the shot well over the top of the bar.
That's it!!! The Reds hang on and continue their perfect start to the Premier League season. Not a pretty win but the job is done nevertheless.
Mohamed Salah Mathew Ryan
Jordan Henderson On Naby Keïta Off
Jürgen Locadia On Solomon March Off
Alireza Jahanbakhsh On Anthony Knockaert Off
Daniel Sturridge On Sadio Mané Off
Pascal Groß On Yves Bissouma Off
Joël Matip On Trent Alexander-Arnold Off