Brighton moved 10 components away from the Premier League relegation zone by stunning Liverpool, whose newest struggles at Anfield continued.
Steven Alzate obtained a fortuitous nonetheless deserved winner for the Seagulls, who’re truly unbeaten in 4 league matches.
The Reds, who’re seven components behind leaders Manchester Metropolis having carried out a recreation further, haven’t gained at residence since 16 December and have failed to achieve in three consecutive video video games at Anfield for the first time since October 1984.
After going 68 video video games and never utilizing a league defeat at their residence flooring, Jurgen Klopp’s side have now moreover misplaced back-to-back video video games there.
Dan Burn should have put the friends ahead throughout the first half, solely to slice over the crossbar, however it was the defender’s header all through objective that prepare the winner.
Nathaniel Phillips could solely get a toe to it and the ball deflected off Alzate and previous stand-in Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher.
It lifts Brighton to fifteenth throughout the desk, whereas Liverpool slip to fourth after Leicester Metropolis’s win at Fulham.
Seagulls rise to anfield downside
Brighton boss Graham Potter talked about going to Anfield was “as strong a have a look at as you’re going to get in soccer”, however it was one the Seagulls rose to fantastically.
This was not a smash-and-grab inside the kind of Burnley’s victory closing month, nonetheless a managed and disciplined effectivity from a side who’ve now saved 4 successive clear sheets.
They’ve moreover recorded back-to-back wins in opposition to so-called ‘huge six’ sides – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United and Tottenham – after seeing Spurs on Sunday.
Burn turned Neal Maupay’s deflected effort over the crossbar throughout the first half nonetheless confirmed further composure to nod all through objective for Alzate’s first Premier League objective.
Liverpool added further urgency to their recreation in a bid to find a leveller, nonetheless in a recreation of few prospects it was nonetheless the friends who created the upper of them.
Kelleher, in for Alisson who was affected by illness, wanted to make a smart low save to palm Leandro Trossard’s effort away and stop Brighton doubling their lead.
On the totally different end, Potter’s side lowered the champions to just one shot on observe as a result of the Seagulls recorded their first league win at Anfield since 1982.
Reds battle to achieve at residence
For almost 4 years, Liverpool had been unbeatable throughout the league at Anfield, nonetheless the Reds have now misplaced at residence to every Burnley and Brighton in two weeks.
Klopp’s side appeared to have dominated their title downside between these defeats with wins at Tottenham and West Ham nonetheless, after Mohamed Salah lifted an early chance over the crossbar on Thursday, the most recent struggles at residence returned.
The Reds have found it laborious to interrupt down compact defences and went nearly half an hour with out even having a shot throughout the first half, sooner than one different long-range Salah effort was blocked exterior the penalty house.
These had been the one two makes an try Liverpool could muster sooner than the break, their fewest throughout the first half of any league recreation this season as they struggled to stretch Brighton.
There was further intent from the hosts after the interval nonetheless the closest they bought right here was when Salah fired narrowly big from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s low, pushed cross.
Klopp’s group haven’t gained at residence since beating Tottenham on 16 December.
Perhaps further worryingly for the German, they haven’t scored at Anfield for 348 minutes – since Sadio Mane’s objective 12 minutes into the 1-1 draw with West Brom on 27 December.
It’s the primary time Liverpool have gone three residence leagues recreation and never utilizing a objective in extra than 36 years, whereas they flip into solely the second reigning Premier League champions to take motion after Manchester United of their remaining three residence video video games of the 2001-02 season.
Klopp desires to go looking out an answer to his side’s attacking lethargy at residence sooner than they welcome a Manchester metropolis side who’ve saved six successive clear sheets on Sunday.
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Match ends, Liverpool 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Second Half ends, Liverpool 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Nook, Liverpool. Conceded by Steven Alzate.
Nook, Liverpool. Conceded by Adam Webster.
Strive missed. Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) correct footed shot from exterior the sector is simply too extreme. Assisted by Adam Lallana.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Andi Zeqiri replaces Leandro Trossard.
Strive saved. Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the center of the sector is saved throughout the center of the aim. Assisted by Steven Alzate with a cross.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Aaron Connolly replaces Neal Maupay.
Strive blocked. Curtis Jones (Liverpool) correct footed shot from exterior the sector is blocked.
Strive saved. Leandro Trossard (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from a hard angle on the left is saved throughout the bottom left nook. Assisted by Neal Maupay.
Substitution, Liverpool. Curtis Jones replaces Roberto Firmino.
Strive missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) correct footed shot from exterior the sector is shut, nonetheless misses the best correct nook. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Strive saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) correct footed shot from exterior the sector is saved throughout the excessive center of the aim.
Strive blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the center of the sector is blocked.
Strive blocked. James Milner (Liverpool) correct footed shot from exterior the sector is blocked.
Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Neal Maupay tries a by way of ball, nonetheless Dan Burn is caught offside.
Nook, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jordan Henderson.
Strive saved. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) correct footed shot from the left side of the sector is saved throughout the bottom correct nook.
Strive blocked. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the becoming side of the six yard discipline is blocked. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross.
Nook, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Nathaniel Phillips.