Liverpool got off to a slow start in the Premier League on Saturday, drawing 3-3 at Anfield and Leandro Trossard scoring a hat-trick for Brighton. Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered their first league defeat in front of fans at Anfield since 2017 when the Belgian scored twice in the first 17 minutes. Liverpool have won just two of their first seven league games this season and are already 11 points behind leaders Arsenal.
The Reds looked to have turned things around when Roberto Firmino struck twice before half-time and Adam Webster’s own goal gave the hosts the lead.
But the Seagulls got what they deserved in Roberto De Zelby’s first game as Brighton manager when Trossard fired at the back post seven minutes later.
A point puts Liverpool in ninth place and Brighton in fourth.
De Zelby’s debut lived up to expectations as the Italian’s intricate passing tore Liverpool to shreds from the back in the early stages.
Klopp has made a tirade in his defence of Trent Alexander-Arnold after he was ignored by England manager Gareth Southgate during the international break.
But critics of Alexander-Arnold’s defence had more ammunition four minutes after he was turned by Trossard, with the Belgian firing into the far corner.
A nightmarish opening 20 minutes could have been worse for the hosts had it not been for two big saves from Alisson Becker.
Danny Welbeck headed in from close range, too close to the Brazilian, who then made a fine stop that flew off the line to deny Trossard.
Liverpool were not so lucky, however, missing their third big chance after the opener as Brighton again kicked off Alexander-Arnold’s side and Trossard’s strike was too strong for Alisson .
Klopp called Virgil van Dijk to the touchline after the second goal to restore some order and the Reds did find their feet before the break.
Firmino’s fourth goal of the season was initially ruled out for offside as he went into the unguarded net after Mohamed Salah kicked the ball past Robert Sanchez.
However, a VAR review saved Liverpool, halving the arrears.
Klopp unexpectedly kept Luis Diaz, Diogojota and Darwin Nunes on the bench from the start, but Diaz replaced Fabio Carvalho at the start of the second half.
The Colombian made a quick impact as he charged towards Brighton’s defence and passed the ball to Firmino, who cut in by Lewis Dunk and calmly found the far corner.
Firmino’s future is uncertain as the Brazilian’s contract expires at the end of the season.
But his revival in front of goal should have been a hat-trick as he headed straight for Sanchez with a chance to complete the comeback.
Welbeck should have restored the lead when Brighton failed a low cross from close range.
Moments later, the Seagulls fell behind due to a serious goalkeeping error from Sanchez.
The Spain international slapped a corner kick for the first time of the season, driving the ball into his own net from the hapless Webster.
True to De Zelby’s reputation as an attacking coach, Brighton never stopped going forward and finally took the chance when Trossard turned Kaoru Miyoshi’s cross in.
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