Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion – Football Match Report – 1 October 2022
A Leandro Trossard hat-trick earned Brighton & Hove Albion a point in an exhilarating 3-3 draw with Premier League title-chasing Liverpool on Saturday.
Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi’s opener could not have gotten off to a better start as two well-scored Trossard goals gave the visitors a 2-0 17th-minute lead over a stunned Anfield.
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Home fans grew more frustrated as the hosts struggled to create openings, before Roberto Firmino’s goal, initially ruled out for offside against Mohamed Salah only to be disallowed by VAR, gave his side a lifeline at the 33rd minute.
Brighton caused more problems for Liverpool early in the second half but their wastage at key moments proved costly as Firmino equalized his fifth league goal of the campaign – as much as he managed during all of last season.
Liverpool completed the turnaround and appeared to be on course for a crucial win after their slow start to the season when Brighton’s Adam Webster put the ball into his own net in the 63rd minute.
But Trossard was not done yet, completing his hat-trick seven minutes from time and securing Brighton the point they deserved, a draw that kept them fourth in the table, four points ahead of Liverpool in ninth.
Liverpool entered the game under pressure to start a busy October, with leaders Arsenal 12 points clear of Klopp’s side going into kick-off against top-flight Brighton.
Their chances of bringing the Premier League trophy back to Anfield for a second time under Klopp seemed like a distant dream as Brighton took control in sunny Merseyside.
First Danny Welbeck sent the ball past Trossard to break the deadlock in the fourth minute – the ninth time Liverpool have conceded first in their last 11 league games – before the same man struck at home a second almost identical.
The out-of-the-box goal that put Liverpool back in the game wasn’t celebrated with too much vigor given the linesman’s flag was raised, but replays showed Salah was actually just wide. when he diverted the ball in the way of Firmino.
Liverpool had surprisingly started the game with Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz all on the bench, but the latter’s introduction at the break paid off immediately as the Colombia international provided the assist to Firmino, whose superb touch and finish did the rest.
Liverpool took the lead in the 63rd minute with a goal that Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez will never want to see again, as he completely missed his punch, leaving Webster helpless as the ball rolled into his own net on his chest.
Brighton kept coming, with Welbeck denied by a brilliant save from Liverpool keeper Alisson, before Trossard again came just at the back post, becoming the third opposition player to score a Premier League hat-trick at Anfield.