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Brighton Clash Review

11 Points clear now:

With Leicester City not being in action, and city failing to beat Newcastle United (2-2).


For the fifth time this season a 2-1 win for the Reds, the goals came from VVD scoring two sublime headers for liverpool, and a very questionable free kick shot from Dunk for the opposition.


With this double Virgil Van Dijk has reached a total of 7 goals scored since the start of last season, more than any other center half in the premier league.


The first goal came from a right to left ball into the box after a free kick by Trent Alexander-Arnold that was matched by a looping header over Maty Ryan


Six minutes later, Trent Alexander again, but from a corner this time, send the ball into the near post, to be matched by a strong header from the dutch man into brighton's net.


Fans were hopeful that Vurgil will comlete a hatrick in the second half.

And about his scoring ability and his attacking role, Virgil said:

“With my height and my ability to be dangerous in the box, I could be even more effective,”
“It’s not easy to always be marked by the best defensive header of the opponent. But today I was able to sneak away twice.”

Alisson was sent off for using his hands outside the area to stop a shot from Leandro Trossard, and was replaced by Adrian.


While Adrian lined up the wall for the resulting free-kick, Atkinson whisled for the kick while everyone is unaware, leading to a goal into the empty net.


Jürgen Klopp cpmmented on the situation and said:

“We had to bring in a frozen goalkeeper pretty much!”
“Some people let the free-kick happen like that and then you look a little bit silly in that moment, but that’s what you have to accept,”
“We kept on fighting and Adrian especially helped us a lot with two really, really good saves and crosses he caught and stuff like this.”

10 minutes were left in the regular time, and 10 Red players on the pitch, it was far from easy to defend the small 1 goal advantage.


The boys did it, and secured a win and a 3 more points to make it 11 in front of leicester City who will host Everton on Sunday afternoon.


With Allison rulled out for the next game, Adrian will make his return to feature in the Merseyside derby.


The win over Brighton made it a 31 games run unbeaten for liverpool, with 26 Wins and 5 Draws.


This equals the longest ever made run by the reds between May 1987 and March 1988.

The Gaffer reacted post-game:

We scored two nice goals after set-pieces, really wonderful goals, but the biggest chances we had were from open play. That was really, really good how we played there – we could have, should have finished it off in that period but we didn't and you have the most tricky result
Second half it was hard work again and the boys put in another incredible shift in the game. Of course, life became more complicated with the red card and the change we had to make. We had to bring on a frozen goalkeeper pretty much! Everybody sitting here is probably not really warm yet, but imagine you go there in shorts, a really thin shirt and some gloves which are not made for keeping you warm. Some people let the free-kick happen like that and then you look a little bit silly in that moment, but that's what you have to accept.
We kept on fighting and Adrian especially helped us a lot
 

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