Liverpool 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: Steven Alzate scores in shock win



Steven Alzate scores Brighton's winner against Liverpool
Steven Alzate scored for Brighton with the game’s first shot on target

Brighton moved 10 points clear of the Premier League relegation zone by stunning Liverpool, whose recent struggles at Anfield continued.

Steven Alzate got a fortuitous but deserved winner for the Seagulls, who are now unbeaten in four league matches.

The Reds, who are seven points behind leaders Manchester City having played a game more, have not won at home since 16 December and have failed to score in three consecutive games at Anfield for the first time since October 1984.

After going 68 games without a league defeat at their home ground, Jurgen Klopp’s side have now also lost back-to-back games there.

Dan Burn should have put the visitors ahead in the first half, only to slice over the crossbar, but it was the defender’s header across goal that set up the winner.

Nathaniel Phillips could only get a toe to it and the ball deflected off Alzate and beyond stand-in Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher.

It lifts Brighton to 15th in the table, while Liverpool slip to fourth after Leicester City’s win at Fulham.

Seagulls rise to Anfield challenge

Brighton boss Graham Potter said going to Anfield was “as tough a test as you will get in football”, but it was one the Seagulls rose to superbly.

This was not a smash-and-grab in the style of Burnley’s victory last month, but a controlled and disciplined performance from a side who have now kept four successive clean sheets.

They have also recorded back-to-back wins against so-called ‘big six’ sides – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – after seeing Spurs on Sunday.

Burn turned Neal Maupay’s deflected effort over the crossbar in the first half but showed more composure to nod across goal for Alzate’s first Premier League goal.

Liverpool added more urgency to their game in a bid to find a leveller, but in a game of few chances it was still the visitors who created the better of them.

Kelleher, in for Alisson who was suffering from illness, had to make a smart low save to palm Leandro Trossard’s effort away and stop Brighton doubling their lead.

At the other end, Potter’s side reduced the champions to just one shot on target as the Seagulls recorded their first league win at Anfield since 1982.

More to follow.

Player of the match

WebsterAdam Webster

Line-ups

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 62Kelleher
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 47Phillips
  • 14Henderson
  • 26Robertson
  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 5WijnaldumBooked at 45minsSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 64′minutes
  • 7Milner
  • 11Salah
  • 9FirminoSubstituted forJonesat 79′minutes
  • 23ShaqiriSubstituted forOrigiat 64′minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Adrián
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 17Jones
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 27Origi
  • 28Davies
  • 46R Williams
  • 64Cain
  • 76N Williams

Brighton

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 26Sánchez
  • 3White
  • 5Dunk
  • 4Webster
  • 20MarchSubstituted forLallanaat 67′minutes
  • 8Bissouma
  • 17Alzate
  • 33Burn
  • 13Groß
  • 11TrossardSubstituted forZeqiriat 87′minutes
  • 9MaupaySubstituted forConnollyat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Karbownik
  • 7Connolly
  • 14Lallana
  • 15Moder
  • 22Tau
  • 29Zeqiri
  • 31Walton
  • 54Weir
  • 61McGill

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