Brighton 3-0 Liverpool
Premier League (18), Amex
January 14, 2023
Goals: March 46′ 53′, Welbeck 81′
Heading to the Amex as underdogs, given their struggle for form and mounting injuries, Klopp set his side up in a slightly different shape, with Thiago as a No. 10 in a 4-2-3-1.
It took the Reds 23 minutes to get their first shot on goal, and though it came from Gakpo – and was, technically, on target – the chance was blocked and soon fizzled out.
Alisson and his defence were then let off as, despite Solly March being brought down inside the area, the winger was deemed offside and the penalty ruled out.
HT: Brighton 0-0 Liverpool
Within a minute of the restart – and with no changes to either side – Liverpool were deservedly behind, with Matip at fault as Mitoma raced through and set March up for a toe-poked opener.
March made it 2-0 with an exceptional finish soon after, with Evan Ferguson playing the perfect ball for his team-mate as Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold both watched him drive into the space and fire home.
It wasn’t long until Klopp rolled the dice, with a quadruple change sending Joe Gomez, Harvey Elliott, Naby Keita and 17-year-old Ben Doak on for Matip, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The energy did improve, and Gakpo had a half-chance thwarted by Robert Sanchez from Alexander-Arnold’s delivery, but Brighton then made it 3-0 through Danny Welbeck.
It came from a simple throw-in routine, with March flicking it on and Danny Welbeck bamboozling Gomez before shooting past Alisson to cap a humiliating afternoon.
TIA Man of the Match: Ibrahima Konate
Brighton: Sanchez; Gross, Dunk (Webster 90+1′), Colwill, Estupinan; Mac Allister (Sarmiento 83′), Caicedo; March, Lallana (Veltman 66′), Mitoma (Lamptey 90+1′); Ferguson (Welbeck 66′)
Subs not used: Steele, Van Hecke, Gilmour, Undav
Subs not used: Kelleher, Tsimikas, Milner, Jones, Carvalho