Info

Competition
Premier League
Date
2 December 2017
Game week
15
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
0 - 2
Full-time
1 - 5

Goals

0 - 1
30' E. Can (G) (assist by: Philippe Coutinho)
0 - 2
31' Roberto Firmino (G) (assist by: Philippe Coutinho)
0 - 3
48' Roberto Firmino (G) (assist by: Mohamed Salah)
G. Murray (PG) 51'
1 - 3
1 - 4
1 - 5
89' L. Dunk (OG)

Commentary

Minute   Description
That's all from us today folks, we hope you enjoyed the game!
Brighton continued to press for another goal, but Liverpool controlled the game and Coutinho wrapped off a superb individual performance with the fourth Liverpool goal, before his shot was headed into the back of the net by Dunk late on to make it five to the visitors, who move temporarily into the top four.
Liverpool thrash the Seagulls 5-1 at the Amex Stadium, despite a good performance by the hosts, but they have been undone by a quality and superb attacking side. Can and Firmino scored within 79 seconds of each other in the first half to give the Reds a two-nil lead at the break. Brighton came flying out of the traps after half-time, but were punished on the counter by Firmino, but just minutes later they pulled one back after a soft penalty which was converted by Murray.
FULL-TIME: BRIGHTON 1-5 LIVERPOOL
90'+4 That's the full-time whistle!
90' Liverpool make their final change, with Jordan Henderson coming off and he is replaced by Marko Grujić.
There will be a minimum of four minutes of added time played here.
89' IT'S FIVE! Lewis Dunk heads the ball into the back of his own net as he attempted to block Coutinho's shot at goal, instead he gets it all wrong and completly wrong-foots his keeper and fires it into the back of the net. Liverpool lead 5-1!
88' Firmino heads off the pitch, he has been replaced by Dominic Solanke.
87' GOOOAAALLL! LIVERPOOL WRAP UP VICTORY! Coutinho with a clever free-kick, the Brighton wall all jump to block the shot, but instead Coutinho fires a low shot underneath them all and straight into the back of the net. Ryan had no chance, he couldn’t see the ball until it went past him.
84' CHANCE BRIGHTON! What a block by Alexander-Arnold to stop Brighton pulling another goal back! Izquierdo with an electric run past a couple of Liverpool players, he finds his way into the Reds penalty area and then just has the keeper to beat. However, the right-back followed his run all the way and got back to make a last-ditch challenge to prevent a goal.
82' Less than 10 minutes left to play here, Liverpool have done well to take the pace out of the Brighton attack and calm things down in the last 15 minutes or so. The visitors look pretty comfortable and will be confident of seeing this victory out and taking the three points back to Anfield.
80' Liverpool make their first substitution of the game, Salah comes off, no goals for him today but another good performance from the Egyptian. His replacement is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
77' Brighton make their third and final change of the game, with Bruno coming off and he has been replaced by Ezequiel Schelotto.
76' As it stands, Liverpool will move above Arsenal and into the top four, but the Gunners have a game in hand as they play Manchester United later this evening. Meanwhile, the Seagulls will drop down to 11th in the Premier League as results stand.
73' CHANCE BRIGHTON! Gross launches a free kick into the Liverpool box, the ball is knocked down to Murray, who fires a first-time shot narrowly wide of the Reds goal. Very close to being 3-2 here.
72' Brighton continue to throw players forward in search of another goal, they are playing well and causing the Reds problems but they are lacking the final clinical pass and finish at the end of their attacks.
70' The second Brighton chances, sees Izzy Brown come off and he has been replaced by José Izquierdo.
Brighton make a double substitution, the first changes of the game with Anthony Knockaert coming off and he has been replaced by Solly March.
67' Coutinho has been terrific today, creating two of the goals this afternoon and he has just had a couple of chances of his own to score, first forcing Ryan into making a good save. Before moments later, striking the post with an effort, but he was ruled offside for the latter effort.
65' CHANCE LIVERPOOL! It was a poor pass by Bruno, straight into the path of Firmino deep inside his own half. Firmino plays a ball to Salah across the penalty area, he takes a touch, cuts inside and then fires a left-footed shot at goal, but Ryan is well placed and makes a good save. Brighton almost handed a goal to the visitors!
62' Coutinho takes the resulting free-kick, with Liverpool players packing out the penalty area, however, the Brazilian decides to take it on himself and goes for goal. The effort is poor and goes high over the crossbar, not coming close to troubling Ryan.
61' The first yellow card of the game is shown to the Brighton skipper Bruno, for a rash tackle on Robertson, just on the edge of the penalty area. A very poor tackle and it could have been a lot worse for the right-back.
60' The pace of the game has dropped back down again, as both sides look to get their breath back after a frenetic opening to this second half. It certainly has livened the crowd up, but it will surely still take a lot for Brighton to get something out of the game.
59' STAT: Mo Salah has now had a hand in 15 goals in his first 15 Premier League games for Liverpool - more than any other player for the club, with 12 goals and two assists.
56' It has certainly been a hectic few minutes here, Liverpool are looking to calm things down now and reduce the pace of the game, taking the enthusiasm back out of this Brighton side, who look full of confidence now.
54' What a game we have on our hands now! The atmosphere is terrific inside the Amex and the penalty has given Brighton a new lease of life, they look a lot more confident and are playing good, quick football which is forcing the Reds back into their own half to defend.
51' GOOOAAALLL! BRIGHTON PULL ONE BACK! Murray converts the spot-kick and the Seagulls have made the score 3-1 and turned it into a very interesting game now! It looked like Liverpool had wrapped up the game and were cruising to a comfortable win, but Brighton have other ideas.
50' BRIGHTON PENALTY! Henderson is punished for a push on Shane Duffy in the box, the Seagulls appeal for the penalty and the referee instantly points to the spot. So Brighton have a chance to pull a goal back! It looks a soft penalty, with not much contact by Henderson and the Reds skipper is furious.
48' Salah with terrific pace to break up the pitch, he slides the ball through to Firmino who shows great composure, with a terrific finish.
GOOOAAALLL! IT'S THREE! Liverpool break forward with incredible pace following the Brighton attack, Salah sprints up the pitch and then feeds Firmino who makes a run in behind the Seagulls defence, he then slots the ball past Ryan to make it three-nil and surely that is victory wrapped up.
WHAT A CHANCE! BRIGHTON GO CLOSE! Murray forces Simon Mignolet into a fantastic save to deny the Seagulls a goal to make it 2-1! It was a great cross into the box and Murray got infront of his markers and tried to sidefoot the ball into the back of the net, but the Liverpool keeper did brilliantly to deny him. Now the visitors can counter...
Will Brighton be able to respond in this second half? Liverpool don't have the best record of holding onto leads this season, their Champions League game against Sevilla being a prime example.
46' The second half is underway!
After a good start to the game by Brighton, they were eventually opened up by Liverpool who have dominated possession and controlled the majority of the game. Emre Can powering a header past Ryan to give the Reds the lead, before Firmino doubled their lead just 79 seconds later after a lethal counter-attack. Liverpool now in complete control and it will take something very special for Brighton to get anything out of this game now.
HALF-TIME: BRIGHTON 0-2 LIVERPOOL
45'+1 That's the half-time whistle!
45' There will be a minimum of one minute added time played here.
42' James Milner and Coutinho link up well as they take a short free-kick, the Brazilian tries to catch Ryan off guard with an early shot from the edge of the box, but his dipping effort is straight at the Brighton keeper, who does well to spot it and make a comfortable save.
41' Not long to go until the break here, Liverpool are dominating possession and they look the more likely to score again. Perhaps even grab a third before half-time, whilst Brighton will be hoping for the whistle now before anymore damage can be inflicted.
39' Klopp has made plenty of changes for today's game and so far his selection is paying off, despite a couple of players playing out of position. However, the Seagulls haven't tested them too much, despite playing well for the opening 25 minutes of the game.
37' STAT: The two sides have met in six cup competitions since their last league meeting in 1983, with Liverpool winning four times - including by 6-1 in their most recent encounter, which was an FA Cup fifth-round match at Anfield in February 2012.
34' The Liverpool supporters are in fine voice now, what a couple of minutes by their side! Liverpool look lethal on the break and that was proved correct with the second goal. Another goal from the Reds before half-time would surely wrap up the victory and three points.
31' Coutinho could've gone for goal himself, but he looked up and saw Firmino sprinting into a better position at the far post, playing a superb ball across the goal for his fellow Brazilian.
GOOOAAALLL! LIVERPOOL DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Just 79 seconds after taking the lead, Liverpool counter up the pitch after Brighton give the ball away cheaply, Firmino slotting the ball home. Salah finds out Coutinho, who then plays a perfect ball across the goal to Firmino who was making a terrific run at the far post, completely unmarked and he fired it into the back of the net.
30' Coutinho lofted the corner into the box, into a great area and Can made himself free and powered his header into the Brighton goal.
GOOOAAALLL! LIVERPOOL LEAD! Emre Can powers a header past Mat Ryan and into the back of the net from a corner-kick to give the Reds the advantage. It was poor marking by Brighton, the make-shift centre-back was given far too much space and he simply couldn’t miss from there, with Ryan having no chance of saving it.
We've reached the half an hour mark here at the Amex, neither side have created a mass of goalscoring opportunities but Liverpool are dominating possession here.
28' Brighton paying close attention to the Salah today, making sure they get players around him as soon as he gets on the ball, in an attempt to decrease his influence on the game. The Egyptian has already scored 12 goals this season and he leads the Premier League goalscoring charts.
26' One of Brighton's biggest downfalls this season has been their lack of goals, with just 13 in 14 games, they are drawn a few games and a lot of those have been at home against teams in and around them in the table. Their only defeat at the Amex so far has been at the hands of Manchester City.
24' Despite all of their possession, Liverpool are failing to create anything in the final third and they need to inject more pace and creativity in that area of the pitch, as it all looks pretty comfortable for Brighton at the moment. However, one lapse of concentration could instantly change that.
22' STAT: Liverpool have been impressive away from home this season, but their 3-0 victory at Stoke on Wednesday was their first league away clean sheet of the season. Plus, away matches involving Liverpool have produced a league-high 31 goals.
20' Liverpool are unbeaten in five league matches, winning four and scoring 14 goals and they are constantly pressing forward this afternoon. However, they will certainly need to be aware of Brighton's threat going forward, Murray's chance being a fine example of that.
17' CHANCE BRIGHTON! Murray is picked out in the penalty area, just a couple of yards out and he finds a bit of space between his two Liverpool markers, turns and fires his shot high over the crossbar! He should've done better there! Pscal Gross was screaming for the pull-back from Murray on the edge of the area, he was in acres of space for a shot.
It's a sell-out here at the Amex and the packed crowd are certainly making their voices heard at the moment, especially with their side defending so well in the opening period of the game.
16' Liverpool dominating possession, pushing their wing-backs high up the pitch, but Brighton are playing a good pressing game, closing down the space quickly and making Liverpool go through the centre of the pitch, the area where the Seagulls have packed with blue and white shirts.
14' STAT: Brighton are unbeaten in six Premier League home games, with the last four all ending in draws. However, they have won only one of their last five league matches, sitting 10th in the table.
12' Liverpool patiently probing here, playing the ball around the pitch nicely, waiting for an opening to appear in this Brighton defence, but the Seagulls look comfortable at the momen, happy to sit back and soak it up.
10' The two Liverpool wing-backs are playing very high up the pitch, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are camped inside the Brighton half, constantly pushing onto the Seagulls full-backs, which may start causing problems for the hosts as they try to deal with the threat through the middle, of Salah, Firmino and Coutinho as well.
8' Brighton do well to win the ball back in the Liverpool half, but their composure lets them down as a couple of passes go astray and Liverpool have the ball back and look to push forward once again.
5' Both teams struggling to keep possession so far here, it has been a fast and exciting start to the game, going end-to-end at the moment. Brighton initially did well going forward themselves, but Liverpool broke forward quickly on the counter-attack and Mo Salah won a corner for the Reds. Philippe Coutinho takes the set piece which is met by Roberto Firmino, but he fires his header over the crossbar.
3' It looks like Liverpool may be lining up with a three man defence, with Dejan Lovren, Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum currently occupying those central positions. Lovren is likely to be marking Glenn Murray for most of the game, with the others pushing forward into midfield as much as possible.
2' Head-to-head: The two sides played out a 2-2 draw the last time they met in a top-flight fixture, at Brighton's former Goldstone Ground stadium back in March 1983.
1' We're underway!
The teams are out here at the Amex and kick-off is just minutes away! Stay tuned for all of the match action!
Meanwhile Brighton, make two changes from their goalless draw with Crystal Palace. Gaetan Bong comes back in for Markus Suttner, with Izzy Brown replacing Jose Izquierdo.
Klopp makes six changes to his side that beat Stoke on Wednesday, with Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Alberto Moreno all out of the squad and Sadio Mane, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke dropping to the bench. Into the starting line-up come Andy Robertson, James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Mo Salah.
LIVERPOOL SUBS: Karius, Sturridge, Grujic, Klavan, Mane, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Mignolet (GK); Alexander-Arnold, Can, Lovren, Robertson; Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Coutino, Salah, Firmino.
BRIGHTON SUBS: Krul, Kayal, Hemed, Goldson, Izquierdo, March, Schelotto
BRIGHTON (4-4-1-1): Ryan (GK); Bruno (C), Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Propper, Brown; Gross; Murray.
The team news is in, here is how the two sides will line-up this afternoon...
Meanwhile, newly promoted Brighton also start the weekend in the top half of the Premier League table, having lost just one of their last seven Premier League games, including last weekend's narrow 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The visitors start the weekend in fifth and three points at the Amex Stadium will lift them, at least temporarily, above Arsenal, who host Manchester United in today’s late-kick off game.
Liverpool can move into the top four with victory at Brighton this afternoon. Since the 4-1 defeat at Tottenham at the end of October, Jurgen Klopp's side have turned their league form around, having picked up four wins from their last five games, including a 3-0 victory at Stoke on Wednesday evening.
Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Premier League clash between Brighton and Liverpool at the Amex Stadium.

Lineups

R
A
A
1
M. Ryan
2
Bruno Saltor
3
G. Bong
5
G. Wijnaldum
5
L. Dunk
6
D. Lovren
6
D. Stephens
7
J. Milner
x2
9
Roberto Firmino
10
Philippe Coutinho
11
Mohamed Salah
11
A. Knockaert
13
P. Groß
14
J. Henderson
17
G. Murray
22
S. Mignolet
22
S. Duffy
23
E. Can
24
D. Pröpper
26
A. Robertson
37
I. Brown
66
T. Alexander-Arnold
19
20
21
21
29
16
C
C
C

Additional info

Referee
G. Scott
Assistants
P. Kirkup
 
R. West
Fourth official
S. Attwell

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Match Stats

Brighton & Hove Albion Liverpool
24 Attacks (Dangerous) 48
2 Corners 2
8 Fouls 5
8 Free Kicks 8
7 Goal Kicks 7
0 Offsides 2
1 Shots (blocked) 2
3 Shots (off target) 3
1 Shots (on target) 3
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
11 Throw Ins 22

Regular Season

# Team MP D P
118+4452
217+2638
318+1838
418+1133
518+432
617+1431
718+1331
818+126
918-622
1017-822
1118-1421
1218-718
1318-918
1418-1317
1518-1517
1617-516
1718-2016
1818-1115
1917-1014
2017-1312

The American Express Community Stadium

Name:
The American Express Community Stadium 
City:
Falmer, East Sussex 
Capacity:
30750