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Liverpool vs Brighton: Liverpool come from behind to win

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Liverpool vs Brighton: Liverpool come from behind to win. Photo/ Eurosport.
  • Liverpool came from behind to secure a crucial 2-1 victory over Brighton at Anfield on Sunday
  • This was the seventh time this season that the Reds had come from behind to win in a league game

On Sunday, March 31, Liverpool came from behind to secure a crucial victory over Brighton during the Liverpool vs Brighton fixture.

Brighton took an early lead inside two minutes but Luis Diaz scored as the half progressed to ensure both sides were level at the break. Mohamed Salah, who had missed a few decent chances in the game, then broke Brighton’s resistance with a clinical strike in the 65th minute. It was former midfielder Alexis Mac Allister who provided the assist to the goal that saw his former club suffer defeat at Anfield.

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Liverpool v Brighton. Photo/ Reuters.

Liverpool are firmly in the title race and have taken the top spot following Sunday’s win. The Reds, who will be without manager Jurgen Klopp next season, currently have 67 points. The win against Brighton was Klopp’s 300th in charge of the Reds.

Speaking after the match, Klopp said he was happy with the way his team played, managing to overcome a tricky start.

“We had a lot of moments, but not with real quality. I told the boys at half-time, we have to do a couple of things: high press was really good, and we had to play in similar spaces, but we had to calm down. Thankfully, we did that maybe one or two times. In the end I’m really happy with the way we played today. It’s all about reacting and if I’ve learnt something this year it’s that we can do these things [come from behind].” Jurgen Klopp said after the Liverpool vs Brighton match, as per Sky Sports.

Next up for Liverpool is Sheffield United on Thursday, March 4, at Anfield. They will then travel to Manchester where they’ll face Erik ten Hag’s team.

Liverpool Vs Brighton

Facing Brighton & Hove Albion is never an easy task for any of the top sides in the Premier League. With that in mind, Klopp assembled the best players he had and made a starting line-up that was led by talisman Mohamed Salah who was making his first Premier League start since New Year’s Day.

But to everyone’s surprise, it was Brighton who took the lead barely two minutes into the match. Danny Welbeck fired a thunderous strike that went straight to the back of the net after Liverpool failed to properly clear Simon Adingra’s cross.

Liverpool fans wanted the referee to award a penalty after Pervis Estupinan wrapped his arm around Darwin Nunez a few minutes later. However, the referee waved played on and his decision was backed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Mohamed Salah, who has been a thorn in Brighton’s flesh since their promotion to the Premier League, had three good chances in the first 20 minutes but wasn’t lucky enough to convert.

Liverpool were piling the pressure on Roberto de Zerbi’s side and their efforts eventually paid off in the 27th minute when Luis Diaz levelled the scores. The match was all square at half time.

Liverpool came back as the stronger side after the restart and kept knocking at Brighton’s door. Mac Allister could not direct Joe Gomez’s cross into the net as he headed wide and then Salah failed to connect Diaz’s cross. Eventually, the Egyptian gave the Reds what they badly needed in the 65th minute, latching onto Mac Allister’s pass and then curling the ball into the top corner.

Liverpool vs Brighton

Mohamed Salah. Photo/ Eurosport.

Diaz thought he had put the game to bed in the 71st minute but his goal was ruled out for offside. The closest Brighton got into scoring afterwards was a Lewis Dunk header which was parred away by the under-employed Caoimhin Kelleher.

The victory over Brighton marked the seventh time this season that Liverpool had come from behind to win in a league game – a club record.

Abraham Odhiambo is an avid sports fan who loves to write about football, boxing and wrestling. He's a big supporter of Manchester United. He's pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communication and Media at Egerton University.

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