Brighton went into game-week three of the Premier League full of confidence having beaten Manchester United 3-2 in the previous week. However, they came up against a Liverpool side that had scored 15 goals against them in their last three meetings and also are unbeaten in the League so far this season, winning their opening two games.
Understandably, manager Chris Hughton wanted to set out his side to contain the hosts and made only one change from the win over United, with Pascal Gross dropping to the bench and being replaced by Yves Bissouma for his first Premier League start.
However, Brighton found themselves behind in the 23rd minute, when Bissouma had the ball inside his own danger area and hesitated on it and was punished by Sadio Mane, who then played the ball to Roberto Firmino and then he laid it off for Mohamed Salah, who curled an effort towards the bottom left corner which Matthew Ryan could only tip onto the post, unable to keep the game level.
Brighton Defend Well And Are Unlucky To Come Away Pointless.
Throughout the game the Seagulls defended stoutly, containing and frustrating the hosts well.
As well as defending well they also took the game to Liverpool in the second half. They came out and attacked Liverpool and created some really great chances showing great intent.
Just a few minutes into the second half, winger Anthony Knockaert put an effort wide of the left post from inside the box.
Brighton then introduced Jurgen Locadia, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Pascal Gross in the last 15 minutes to add some more attacking impetus and pace to their attack.
Albion’s best chance of the game came with two minutes to go when Martin Montoya found room on the right wing and whipped in a cross, which substitute Pascal Gross guided towards goal and Liverpool keeper Alisson pulled off a great one handed save to his left to deny him.
This was another good performance by Albion against one of this season’s title contenders and to go to Anfield where Liverpool are notoriously a rampant outfit and lose 1-0, will be seen as a great result, especially considering Liverpool had already scored six goals in their first two games. Despite the loss, the Seagulls can hold their heads high here, they gave a great account of themselves and Chris Hughton will now be looking to next week, focused on the three points where they are back on home territory as they face Fulham on Saturday.