Brighton vs Liverpool Player Ratings: Poor all around!


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Liverpool failed to overcome their midweek stumble, slipping to a disappointing draw at the Amex Stadium after Pascal Gross scored a late penalty after yet another VAR decision.


Jurgen Klopp and his team will clearly feel enraged after having several VAR decisions that went against them, with Andy Robertson's supposed foul on Danny Welback perhaps the most frustrating. To add insult to injury, Liverpool find their casualty list getting longer as the games come thick and fast, with James Milner the latest victim.

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But a point apiece was really the fairest result, with the Reds mustering another poor performance with nothing to shout home about.



Alisson Becker: 6/10


The Brazilian played the role of sweeper-keeper well in the first half, snuffing out danger efficiently as Liverpool's defence played their usual risky highline. Looked comfortable with his feet and distribution throughout the game, Alisson faced two penalties but had nothing much to do in truth.


Neco Williams: 4/10

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The teenage right-back had a torrid first-half, giving away a penalty after a rash challenge on Aaron Connolly. The Welsh international have been looking shaky and perhaps just needs a run of games in the Under-21 side to regain some of his confidence.


That said, it is easy to forget the kid is just 19, and we are confident he will be back stronger. (Makes you wonder if keeping Nathaniel Clyne as a back-up this summer would have been a good decision, though.)


Nathaniel Phillips: 7/10


The best player on the pitch for the Reds, the English defender won practically every single aerial duel. Phillips followed up his strong Premier League debut against West Ham with another assured performance against the Seagulls, and was perhaps the only bright spark for Liverpool.


His (and Fabinho's) lack of pace might prove to be a slight concern though, having been caught out by Brighton's pacey forwards on a couple of occasions.


Fabinho: 6/10



Formed a commanding partnership with Phillips, the Brazilian is proving himself to be one of Klopp's most important players this season as the injury list piles on. His versality will prove to be crucial in the coming weeks, showing once again that he is more than comfortable playing at the heart of the defence.


Andy Robertson: 6/10


Played with the same verve and energy as we would come to expect from Robertson, the Scot played a massive role in Diogo Jota's opening goal. Made a heck of a clearance with his knee to deny Alireza Jahanbakhsh an open goal, but his performance was somewhat blemished by the soft penalty given away at the end.


James Milner: 5/10

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Huffed and puffed his way throughout the game, the veteran midfielder displayed plenty of grit and determination in his challenges but failed to provide any real spark in the middle of the field. Kept things simple, perhaps too simple, and was shifted to right-back in the second half before picking up an injury.


Gini Wijnaldum: 5/10


The Dutchman brought the ball out well from the back, something which he does extremely well, but failed to provide any sort of real intention in the final third of the pitch. He was visibly frustrated with his team mates on several occasions, with the lack of movement ahead of him providing him with no real options.


Takumi Minamino: 4/10


The Japanese midfielder was given his first Premier League start this season, and it was unfortunately one to forget. His lack of physical presence was clear to see, as he struggled during large parts of the game in a midfield three.


Plenty of running and closing down, but Minamino provided virtually nothing going forward. It is currently really hard to see how he can fit into Klopp's current system.


Diogo Jota: 6/10

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The Portuguese carried on his great form with another superb goal, slotting the ball into the bottom corner after a couple of feints. Other than that though, the diminutive forward struggled to really get involved in the attacking play as Brighton's defence dealt with him extremely well.


Roberto Firmino: 5/10


The Brazilian displayed a couple of lovely touches which we have grown accustomed to, but ultimately failed to keep up with his brilliant performance against Leicester City last week.


Mo Salah: 5/10


The Egyptian did not bother to hide his frustration after being hauled off on the hour mark, but in truth Salah was missing in action throughout the game. Looked far from his brilliant best, the winger failed to leave a mark on the game and will be disappointed with his performance after missing out on last week's game due to COVID-19.



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Jordan Henderson: 6/10


Came on in the second half and the Reds quickly regained control of the match. The skipper highlighted his importance once again with an assured display as he increased the tempo of the game and kept things ticking nicely. Klopp will be keeping his fingers crossed that his captain can remain fit.


Curtis Jones: 5/10


Replaced Milner at right-back with 15 minutes to go, Jones had little to do as the game fizzled out towards the end. His positional sense was a little suspicious at times as he looked to have been caught out defensively, but no significant harm was done.


Sadio Mane: 5/10


Brought on with about half an hour left to make an impact, we are struggling to even think of Mane's touches during the games. Brighton were defending well by that point and Liverpool were simply lacking of ideas going forward.