Liverpool was unbeatable on Anfield for almost four years, but had to swallow his second home defeat in two weeks on Wednesday. After Burnley another low-flyer turned out to be too strong: number seventeen Brighton & Hove Albion took a surprising 0-1 victory from Liverpool.
In his first games of 2021, Liverpool made a big bust by not scoring for nearly five hundred minutes, but seemed to have the leak upstairs: first it was won at Tottenham Hotspur, then at West Ham United. Against Brighton, however, the well-known problem resurfaced. The reigning champion had a surplus of ball possession, but hardly knew anything to do with it. Mohamed Salah already ruined a great opportunity after three minutes, but that‘s what it was.
Also early in the second half Liverpool got a chance, but Roberto Firmino failed to break the spell either. Not much later it even turned 0-1, then Burn headed the ball for the goal, Nathaniel Phillips couldn’t get it away, and Steven Alzate finally frommed him past Caoimhin Kelleher, who replaced the last minute goalkeeper Alison.
Liverpool suddenly had to secure a point, but could once again record a single chance for Salah. The 0-2 seemed even closer than the 1-1, but Kelleher kept his team on their feet. However, Brighton came through the final phase without any significant scraps and was able to poke the arms into the air afterwards. Liverpool has to lick the wounds and is far from title prolongation. Manchester City won his ninth (!) competition duel in a row and has seven points ahead, plus one match. The numbers four and one of England meet on Sunday.