Published: Sun, December 01, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Former Manchester United star praises Brighton after 'dominant' display at Liverpool

Former Manchester United star praises Brighton after 'dominant' display at Liverpool

That being said, the Galway youngster faced the toughest test of his career yesterday as he led the line from Brighton against league leaders Liverpool, the European champions marshalled at the back by Virgil van Dijk.

Jurgen Klopp blamed the freezing temperatures at Anfield today for the mistake that left Liverpool sweating on a 2-1 win over Brighton.

Liverpool left the door ajar on several occasions, but it was flung open by Alisson in the closing stages, handling outside of his box as Leandro Trossard looked to lift the ball over him.

"We brought on a frozen goalkeeper", said Klopp.

"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".

Adrian saved well from a fierce Aaron Mooy shot before the Spanish keeper nearly fumbled a Pascal Gross header over his own goalline.

Virgil van Dijk might seem an unlikely candidate for the Ballon d'Or - an award which let's face it, usually goes to forwards rather than defenders.

It's been a dream start to the Premier League season for Liverpool, who now sit 11 points clear at the top of the table, ahead of both Manchester City and Leicester.

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They broke through after 18 minutes as Trent Alexander-Arnold clipped in a superb free-kick for Van Dijk to head home.

It did not take as long for Van Dijk to wait for his third - six minutes to be precise - as Brighton failed to learn from conceding the opener and allowed the same combination to double the lead.

This time it was from a left-wing corner as Alexander-Arnold delivered a flawless cross and the Dutch defender rose magnificently to beat Dunk and power a bullet header past a helpless Mat Ryan.

Davy Propper was denied by Alisson and Dunk missed the target, unmarked, from 12 yards.

Brighton reacted well, and should have halved the deficit as Lewis Dunk somehow shinned a shot wide unmarked and onside from eight yards as Liverpool's high line was breached easily.

However, it might be a lead they need as Jürgen Klopp's side are set to feel the brunt of a busy Christmas schedule more than anyone else, as they prepare for 10 games in December.

"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".

"People told me tonight already that we are 11 points ahead but Leicester play on Sunday, so it still could be eight". We only have to make sure we are ready always - and always for the next game.

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