Liverpool had a pretty easy job in hand ahead of Sunday’s kick-off to grab a result at Anfield against Brighton & Hove Albion and grab a place in ‘top four’ ahead of Chelsea who had a massive setback midweek following a shocking draw versus Huddersfield Town at Stamford Bridge. The Reds had a few futile outcomes in recent weeks but delivered a thoroughly professional display this afternoon and registered a 4-0 victory to seal a Champions League for the upcoming campaign.
The Reds were in full control and saw a couple of penalty appeals denied controversially by referee Kevin Friend. Sadio Mane failed to beat Matt Ryan one-on-one in Brighton goal but soon they broke the deadlock when their Egyptian magician Mohamed Salah picked up Dominic Solanke’s pass and finished into the back of the net to become the highest scorer in a 38-game Premier League season all alone. Dejan Lovren doubled the lead minutes before half-time when he converted Andrew Robertson’s sublime cross with a thumping header. The first half ended 2-0 and the Reds almost made it certain about their participation in next season’s Champions League campaign.
The Merseysiders started the game brightly after the break and Salah’s well-crafted move was converted by Dominic Solanke to grab his first Liverpool goal after a long season. Roberto Firmino failed to beat Ryan but the goal rush continued when Robertson joined the party with a late goal which also marked his maiden goal in Liverpool colors. The game ended 4-0 at Anfield and Chelsea’s shocking 3-0 defeat against Newcastle United became irrelevant from every aspect.
Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion Lineups:
Liverpool: Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino (Danny Ings 84′), Mohamed Salah (Ben Woodburn 84′), Sadio Mane (Adam Lallana 73′), Dominic Solanke.
Brighton & Hove Albion: Matt Ryan, Ezequiel Schelotto, Shane Duffy (Connor Goldson 71′), Lewis Dunk, Gaetan Bong, Davy Propper, Dale Stephens, Beram Kayal (Pascal Gross (57′), Anthony Knockaert, Jurgen Locadia (Glenn Murray 57′), Solly March.
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