Liverpool 2-1 Brighton & Hove Albion: Leaders move 11 points clear despite Alisson red card

Since begin of the 2018-19 season, Liverpool bear scored 29 headed targets in the Premier League – 10 larger than every other team

Liverpool keeper Alisson changed into sent off for a blatant handball out of doorways his penalty condominium because the Reds moved 11 facets clear on the high of the table with victory over Brighton.

Jurgen Klopp’s aspect bear been coasting to victory after two Virgil van Dijk headers from Trent Alexander-Arnold assists in the condominium of six first-half of minutes.

However Alisson’s red card – for clearly handling out of doorways his penalty condominium with Brighton change Leandro Trossard bearing down on purpose – talented Brighton a lifeline.

Change keeper Adrian’s first contact changed into to fish the ball out of his personal web after Lewis Dunk’s cute free-kick left the keeper – who changed into restful organising his wall – stranded, sooner than Liverpool’s stopper saved uninteresting on from Aaron Mooy.

Earlier in the day, reigning championsManchester City bear been held to a 2-2 scheme at Newcastle United.

Leicester City will slash Liverpool’s lead to eight facets in the event that they beat Everton on Sunday (16:30 GMT).

Liverpool attain it the hard method

Liverpool’s thirteenth high-flight judge of the season changed into one thing however easy as Alisson grew to turned into the principle Crimson keeper to be sent off in a Premier League game since fellow Brazilian Doni in 2012.

With his aspect 2-0 up and closing in on three facets, Alisson came speeding out of his penalty condominium to take care of the ball as Brighton attacked.

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Alisson will now scurry over the Merseyside derby with Everton at Anfield on Wednesday.

His actions dwelling up a nerve-jangling finale and Dunk’s free-kick – an terrible purpose to concede from Liverpool’s level of gaze – manner Klopp’s aspect are restful with out a easy sheet since 28 September.

Change keeper Adrian saved his aspect by keeping out Mooy as mid-table Brighton piled ahead seeking an equaliser.

The Reds had regarded cherish coasting to victory after Van Dijk’s double, and Brighton keeper Mat Ryan made three knowing saves to frustrate Roberto Firmino, twice, and Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool head into a traumatic December, a month which can check the membership play nine fixtures in four varied competitions, with a fifth successive league judge – however this changed into a long way too cease for consolation.

Fascinating Brighton give leaders a dread

Brighton slipped to 15th in the table after a third straight defeat, however there are grounds for optimism sooner than a busy December programme after a interesting second-half of performance.

In per week which saw Seagulls boss Graham Potter extend his contract to 2025, his aspect gave the leaders a right dread even sooner than the hosts bear been reduced to 10 men.

Dunk went cease from a Pascal Sinister corner sooner than popping up with his second purpose in as many video games, whereas teenage ahead Aaron Connolly furthermore showed flashes of valid promise.

With his aspect trailing 2-0, the 19-300 and sixty five days-dilapidated managed to make condominium for himself inner Liverpool’s penalty condominium and test Alisson with out reference to cease attention from Dejan Lovren and Van Dijk.

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One fret for Brighton is their defending from dwelling-pieces as Van Dijk changed into allowed to dominate the aerial duels.

That will probably be a right plight for Potter with matches in opposition to Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea on the horizon.

What’s next?

There might be a busy midweek of Premier League circulation coming up with Liverpool internet hosting neighbours Everton on Wednesday (20:15 GMT), whereas Brighton are away at Arsenal on Thursday (20:15).

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