Brighton – Liverpool: Liverpool Prevail Comfortably After Challenging Start (0-2)
Brighton arrived with an interesting strategic approach and made the first twenty minutes tough for Liverpool. However, the away side went ahead, which shifted the momentum of the match greatly. Graham Potter attempted to change things in the second half, but Liverpool ultimately had too much for his side and won without trouble.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Liverpool arrived to Brighton looking to keep up the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City. Jürgen Klopp’s side lined up in their usual 4-3-3 system, with a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joël Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson. In midfield, Fabinho started alongside Jordan Henderson and Naby Keïta, while the front three was comprised of Mohamed Salah, Luis Díaz and Sadio Mané.
Brighton meanwhile were struggling for form coming into this game, having lost four games in a row and only managing one win in their last nine. Graham Potter’s side lined up in a 4-2-3-1 shape with a back four of Tariq Lamptey, Joël Veltman, Lewis Dunk and Marc Cucurella. In midfield there was the pairing of Yves Bissouma and Steven Alzate, while Solly March, Alexis Mac Allister and Leandro Trossard supported striker Neal Maupay.
Brighton start brightly
The home side began the game with strategic bravery looking to bring the game into Liverpool’s half and prevent themselves from getting pushed back into a passive position by Liverpool’s possession and counterpressing. After losing possession, a team immediately moves towards the ball as a unit to regain possession, or at least slow down the pace of the counterattack.
They pressed in a compact 4-2-3-1 . . .