MATCH REPORT: Brighton win at Anfield in the league for the first time since 1982.
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Liverpool - Brighton & Hove Albion
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FT: Liverpool 0-1 Brighton. Alzate's second-half winner moves Brighton 10 points clear of the relegation zone and hands Liverpool a major blow to their title hopes. The Reds, who drop to fourth, are now seven points off leaders Man City having played a game more.
Brighton are so close to this HUGE win. Liverpool don't look like they believe they can snatch a point.
Four minutes added.
Bissouma lets fly with a 30-yard dipper that drops just over Kelleher's bar.
So, Liverpool will drop to fourth and seven points off leaders Man City. They will have also played a game more than the Citizens. That game on Sunday is MASSIVE for Liverpool now.
- OffLeandro TrossardBrighton & Hove Albion
- OnAndi ZeqiriBrighton & Hove Albion
BRIGHTON CHANGE: Zeqiri on for Trossard.
Brighton are closing in on a famous win that would move them up to 15th and 10 points clear of the drop zone.
- OffNeal MaupayBrighton & Hove Albion
- OnAaron ConnollyBrighton & Hove Albion
BRIGHTON CHANGE: Connolly on for Maupay.
CLOSE! Trossard tries to make it two, but sees his shot from a narrow angle well stopped by Kelleher.
- OffRoberto FirminoLiverpool
- OnCurtis JonesLiverpool
LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Jones on for Firmino.
Firmino knows he's about to be replaced and has one last go - but his shot from range is off target.
SAVE! Kelleher makes a smart save down to his left to keep out Gross' low drive.
CLOSE! Salah's first-time attempt flies just wide of the near upright after the Egyptian had arrived on cue to meet Alexander Arnold's drilled, low cross.
You would think Liverpool need to win this if they have realistic designs on catching Manchester City. A big 20 minutes or so lie ahead.
Firmino finally tests Sanchez - but the flag was up for a foul by Phillips in the build up.
- OffSolly MarchBrighton & Hove Albion
- OnAdam LallanaBrighton & Hove Albion
BRIGHTON CHANGE: The injured March is replaced by former Liverpool midfielder, Adam Lallana.
VIDEO: Brighton lead at Anfield!
- OffGeorginio WijnaldumLiverpool
- OnAlex Oxlade-ChamberlainLiverpool
LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Oxlade-Chamberlain on for Wijnaldum.
- OffXherdan ShaqiriLiverpool
- OnDivock OrigiLiverpool
LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Origi on for Shaqiri.
Webster makes a crucial interception to deny Firmino after Thiago's clever free kick dinked over the wall had threatened to catch the visitors out.
Klopp has seen enough. He's about to ring the changes.
STAT: Brighton are looking to keep four consecutive league clean sheets for the first time in the top flight. If they can, it'll lead to a famous Anfield win. Liverpool are desperately in need of a response.
That was the first shot on target in the match!
- GoalSteven AlzateBrighton & Hove Albion
GOAL! Alzate diverts the ball home after Burn nodded a deep right-wing cross back into the danger zone.
CLOSE! Firmino takes Shaqiri's pass inside the area but sees his shot deflect just wide of the near post.
Alexander Arnold spots Firmino's dart towards the near post, but the Brazilian can't get his head on the full back's wonderful ball in.
Klopp has tweaked his front line to try and unlock this Brighton defence. Salah is currently operating in am ore central position with Shaqiri over towards the right.
As it stands, Liverpool would be fourth and six points off the top having played a game more than City. Brighton would rise to 15th.
- 2nd Half
KICK OFF! Liverpool get us back underway. The Reds will attack the Kop end in the second half.
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HT: Liverpool 0-0 Brighton.
One minute added. Maupay heads well over after rising well to meet Gross' right-wing cross.
- Yellow cardGeorginio WijnaldumLiverpool
Wijnaldum booked for catching Maupay as the Liverpool man tried to rescue the ball back.
STAT: Liverpool haven't failed to score in three consecutive home league games since October 1984 under Joe Fagan. The clock is ticking for the frustrated champions. They will need a big second half if they fail to find a solution in the next few minutes.
Liverpool really do need to inject more urgency into their play. It's been a familiar pattern in recent games at Anfield. They have not netted in the last 2 home games - and 39 minutes.
Henderson drives forward from the back and almost releases Firmino with a teasing ball from deep. Only a sliding interception denies the Brazilian a run at goal.
Liverpool have had 66 per cent of the possession but just the one shot - and none on target. Brighton have had three attempts, but have also yet to test Kelleher.
March cuts in from the right but curves his left-foot effort a few yards over the bar. It all opened up for him following a lovely move from the visitors from left to right.
It's eventually worked to Salah, but his hopes of finally testing Robert Sanchez with a 22-yard drive are thwarted by a fine block.
Liverpool patiently probing, but that has been a large part of their problems in recent times. When it's a stalemate their attack has lacked a decent tempo.
DID YOU KNOW? Brighton have lost all seven of their away league games against reigning top-flight champions, scoring just twice and conceding 19 goals.
Burn flashes a horrible shot high over the bar from deep inside the Liverpool area after Maupay's effort had deflected into his path.
Robertson arcs a fine free kick from the left into the danger zone, but it's splendidly defended by the Brighton rearguard. Hard to see the hosts scoring from set pieces against the height of the visitors, but it will all depend on how good the delivery is.
STAT: Only Manchester City have earned more points and scored more goals at home in this season's Premier League than Liverpool. The Reds have won seven of their 10 games at Anfield and scored 21 times.
Superb defending from Phillips. First he wins an important header to deal with a dangerous delivery. He then gets back into position and stretches brilliantly to divert a fizzing low ball into the six-yard box after Brighton had carved Liverpool open down the right.
Brighton make a meal of defending a right-wing delivery from Salah. It seems to surprise Shaqiri, who can't do anything with a weak header.
DID YOU KNOW? The only goalless draw the teams have ever played out in the league came at Brighton in September 1961.
Firmino makes a late dart into the box to try and get a toe on Milner's measured pass, but in the end the Brazilian is driven too wide and can't keep it in play.
STAT: The champions are bidding to win three league matches on the spin for the first time since their opening three games of the season.
Liverpool are down in fourth following Leicester’s win at Fulham. The Reds can edge back up to third with a win and move a point behind second-placed Man United. They would then be four points off leaders Man City ahead of Sunday’s Anfield clash between the two sides. It would obviously make worse reading for Kopites if they fail to take the three points tonight. Meanwhile, 17th-placed Brighton could move up to 15th with a point. A shock win would move them 10 points clear of the drop zone.
Salah surges in from the right touchline to collect Henderson's raking, diagonal ball. He kills it with a wonderful touch but cushions a volley just over the top with the second.
STAT: Brighton haven't beaten Liverpool in the league since March 1982. It’s many, many years, but just the nine matches (D2, L7).
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KICK OFF! Brighton get us underway.
Liverpool saw their magnificent 68-match unbeaten run in the PL come to an end versus Burnley last time out in L4. They will be aiming to avoid the old London buses scenario and dodge the possibility of losing successive league games at Anfield for the first time since 2012.
Ozan Kabak isn’t involved tonight, but you can expect him to feature sooner rather than later in that Liverpool back line. Eurosport took a closer look at the man dubbed the ‘Turkish Wall.’
SUBLIME SALAH: Mo Salah has scored five and created four goals in just seven league games v Brighton. The Egyptian is the Premier League's leading marksman this term with 15 so far.
DID YOU KNOW? Neal Maupay has plundered five of his seven PL goals away from home. Can he do it again on Merseyside to inspire the Seagulls and continue a run that has seen Potter's men win two of their past three league games, and three of the last four in all competitions?
More from Potter on new signing Moises Caicedo: “I wouldn't put any expectations for the next couple of months other than allowing him to adapt. He's not coming in to fix any problems that's for sure but there is no plan to send him out on loan, he will be with us, acclimatising and settling in.”
Graham Potter: “It's quite easy to look at the results from over the last month as being quite favourable, but I've been delighted with the players over the course of the season. The group have stuck together and worked really hard. I'd say we've been a bit unlucky because the performances have probably warranted more points than they've got.”
A few words from Klopp on his new recruits: "They will need time but we don't have a lot of time. So we will use the time we have in our hands and try our best.... But we will give them a few more days.”
It's been some week for Davies. He must be still pinching himself after swapping Preston for the Premier League champions. Here's what he had to say after completing his deadline-day move: "I want to come in and play games to start with, I want to get my foot in the door and make myself a Premier League player rather than obviously a Championship player. And then take it from there really. I know we’ve got some top players here and players I can certainly learn from. Hopefully I can take my chance and then move forward with it."
Eurosport expert, Paul Parker believes Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has to take care of Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies if his side are to mount a renewed challenge for the title. Davies could yet make his debut from the bench tonight.
Brighton make two changes following their success over Tottenham. Dan Burn and Steven Alzate get the nod.
CONFIRMED TEAMS – LIVERPOOL: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Henderson, Phillips, Milner, Thiago, Wijnaldum, Salah, Shaqiri, Firmino... Subs: Adrian, Origi, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Tsimikas, R Williams, N Williams, Davies, Cain. /// BRIGHTON: Sanchez, Burn, Webster, Dunk, White, March, Bissouma, Alzate, Gross, Trossard, Maupay... Subs: Walton, Connolly, Lallana, Moder, McGill, Wier, Tau, Zeqiri, Karbownik.
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