A Bright Show by Brighton Inflicts Further Misery ON Liverpool
Just a couple of days back, I had mentioned about Liverpool’s confidence soaring at the right time with successive wins over Spurs and West Ham to make their title chances look increasingly brighter.
Little did I know then that the Reds’ confidence would be so short lived much like a roller coaster which being up is only a mirage and has to come down at some point.
Truth be told, didn’t expect it to come down so soon.
Yes, last night the Merseyside Club after two consecutive away wins shockingly suffered a second straight loss at home, this time at the hands of the Seagulls with a 1-0 score line.
This was Brighton & Hove Albion’s first league win at Anfield since March 1982, two years before I was born.
Such has been the gap!
So, as Liverpool’s uncertain performance continues, lets dissect how this game panned last night:
A first half with not much to differentiate the sides
Footballing pundits and fans alike would have expected Liverpool to dominate this bout, though what they showed in the first half was a polar opposite performance.
They created a solitary opportunity through Mohamed Salah in the 3rd minute when the Egyptian received a glorious pass from his captain, Jordan Henderson. albeit hitting the ball way off target, comfortably over the cross bar.
Brighton had chances of their own with the closest opportunity coming in the 24th minute for their defender Dan Burn, who should have hit the target from close range but unfortunately skewed the ball over.
With not even a single shot on target, the first half came to an end as both the sides were yet to move the scoreboard.
Brighton shock Liverpool in the second half
As the second half began, the Reds hoped to put in a better performance than what they did in the first half, albeit what happened next was a shocker to say the least.
Not Liverpool, but Brighton made the play to go in front in the 56th minute through a conversion from Steven Alzate who was ably supported by Leandro Trossard’s deft touch from Dan Burn’s header in the build up to the goal.
The Reds were left dumbfounded and the Seagulls ecstatic as the score read Liverpool 0 – 1 Brighton.
Liverpool had a brilliant opportunity to equalise in the 70th minute through Mo Salah after he received a beautiful cross from Trent Alexander Arnold albeit his finish just going off-target.
Brighton were almost two to the good in the 74th minute with Liverpool’s reserve keeper, Kelleher making a fine low save to deny Pascal Gross and the rebound danger being averted by captain Henderson.
The Reds were lucky to survive more attacking threats from Brighton as their keeper stood tall in a game where the Seagulls could have so easily inflicted further misery on the Merseyside Club.
As the match ended, Anfield, the fortress for Liverpool had been stormed. Again!
Unpredictable has a new name, it’s called Liverpool!
With the two Manchester sides coming trumps in week 22 and the Merseyside Club wallowing in the mud of unpredictability, it’s anyone’s guess where the title is going.
In truth, Jurgen Klopp has also admitted that he no longer sees Liverpool as title contenders after the shock last night.
Courtesy this debacle, the Reds have slipped back to fourth on the league table, seven points adrift of leaders Manchester City who they play this coming Sunday at Anfield.
Will the Citizens also storm Anfield or will Liverpool make a comeback?
We will have to just wait and see.
Until then, whether Liverpool soars with confidence or wallows in lack of it, my fellow Kopites and I with hope in our heart still say ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone!’