Fabinho and Salah Star As Liverpool Bounce Back Against Brighton – Player Ratings

After two defeats in two games, Liverpool got back to winning ways and beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 earlier today.

The Seagulls appeared solid in defence throughout the game but an early second-half penalty from Mohamed Salah sealed all three points for the Reds.

Here are the Liverpool players rated in their win over Brighton.

Alisson (7/10): Wasn’t called into action much, with Brighton failing to create too many goalscoring chances. The Brazilian’s distribution was excellent, as always, while a smart push to deny Locadia was arguably the highlight of his performance.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.5/10): Provided good support from the right flank, although he did look quite casual at times, in terms of his passing. Defensively, his pace allowed him to cover up a lot of ground as he had enough time to contain up any counter-attacking opportunities or any loose balls in the Liverpool half.

Fabinho (8.5/10): Proved his worth once again with yet another smart and classy display, even in an unnatural position. The Brazilian was always in control of the ball and recycled possession rather well while his positioning was also spot on.

Virgil van Dijk (8/10): Much like Fabinho, Van Dijk maintained excellent composure, as usual, and was also a threat from set-pieces. A top performance from the Premier League player of the month from December.

Andrew Robertson (8/10):  The Scot had another tidy game. A few of his deliveries inside the box nearly exposed the Brighton defence.

Jordan Henderson (7.5/10): Orchestrated Liverpool’s possession game with some excellent passing as well as some good protection for the backline. Some of his passing was negative at times, but Brighton hardly made it easy with some solid defending.

Georginio Wijnaldum (7.5/10): Did a good job alongside Henderson in the middle, as the Dutchman always made himself available when needed. His smart movement was key behind Liverpool’s dominance in midfield and he mopped up quite a few second balls as well.

Xherdan Shaqiri (7/10): Struggled to make any sort of impact in the first half and an equally quiet second half forced Jurgen Klopp to hook him off during the final phase of the game.

Mohamed Salah (8/10): Made some incredible runs, where his control over the ball was simply impeccable. Although the Egyptian wizard struggled to have a clear sight on goal for the most part of the game, he did well under pressure to convert the penalty in the second half.

Roberto Firmino (8/10): A commendable performance in the first half where the Brazilian often made some smart movements to link-up with teammates in the final third. But, it was his willingness to win the ball back that really caught the eye this afternoon.

Sadio Mane (7.5/10): Had a few opportunities to break the deadlock before Salah initially put the Reds in front. The Senegalese international caused some chaos out wide but not enough to actually breach the well-disciplined Brighton defence.

Substitutes

James Milner (7/10): Replaced Shaqiri in the 72nd minute and added some urgency to the Liverpool midfield. He made a couple of strong challenges and most notably, provided an excellent pass to set up Salah but the Egyptian failed to take full advantage of the opportunity.

Naby Keita (NA): A 89th-minute replacement for Sadio Mane.

Divock Origi (NA): Made a rare appearance when he replaced Salah in the final few minutes of the added injury time.

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