PLAYER RATINGS: Joel Matip was dreadful during his nightmare afternoon

PLAYER RATINGS: Joel Matip was dreadful during Liverpool’s nightmare afternoon against Brighton and Trent Alexander-Arnold had a torrid time against Kaoru Mitoma – while two-goal Solly March was brilliant for the hosts

  • Brighton played brilliantly as they beat Liverpool 3-0 in convincing home display
  • Joel Matip had a nightmare for Liverpool and was often exposed by Brighton
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold also had a torrid time dealing with Kaoru Mitoma
  • Solly March was fantastic as he scored twice and assisted Danny Welbeck’s goal

Brighton upset the odds with a brilliant 3-0 win against the visiting Liverpool thanks to a Solly March brace and a Danny Welbeck goal.

March struck just after the half-time break before adding a second shortly after. Welbeck then added the third with a brilliant goal to seal the game – exposing Liverpool’s poor defending again.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp apologised to the travelling fans following the humiliating result at the Amex. 

Following an entertaining Premier League clash, Sportsmail’s Dan Bennett rates the players from both teams.

Solly March scored twice and Danny Welbeck netted as Brighton beat Liverpool 3-0 at home

Brighton (4-2-3-1)

Robert Sanchez – Had little to do but coped well whenever he was tested, including denying Salah when he had found space down the right-hand side in the first half and diving at the feet of Gakpo to keep him out late on in the game. 7.

Pascal Groß – Not his favoured position but put in a really good shift at right-back. Kept Oxlade-Chamberlain and Robertson completely silent and was also a threat going forward down the right. 7.

Lewis Dunk – Brighton’s dependable centre-back hardly put a foot wrong all game, making a couple of important blocks when Liverpool did have spells of pressure and ensured Cody Gakpo did not feature in the game at all. 8.

Levi Colwill – His ability with the ball at his feet and playing out from the back is a huge asset for this Brighton side and he did it expertly. Invited on some Liverpool pressure late in the second half with a couple of poor decisions but overall put in a solid shift next to Dunk. 7.

Pervis Estupinan – Helped Mitoma to thrive by supporting him down the left-hand side and giving him the overlap option. Could have done better at keeping the ball on occasion but hardly gave Salah any joy at all down that side. 7.

Lewis Dunk hardly put a foot wrong throughout the game and kept Cody Gakpo quiet

Moises Caicedo – Another impressive performance from the highly sought after midfielder, who was crucial in starting Brighton’s many attacks. No wonder the big clubs are circling. 8.

Alexis Mac Allister – Put in a fine display in a deeper midfield role, pulling the strings and showcasing his excellent passing ability with several through balls to the attacking players. Seized on a Matip mistake to start the move which led to the opening goal. 8.

Solly March – Fantastic two-goal performance from the winger. Did brilliantly to position himself across from Mitoma from the first before a fantastic finish shortly after put his side 2-0 up. Also assisted Welbeck’s late third with a nice flick-on. 9.

Adam Lallana – Effective playing in the number 10 role. Played some nice through balls to those ahead of him and his movement caused Liverpool’s back-line some confusion. 7.

March put on a fantastic performance – scoring two goals and setting up Danny Welbeck’s goal

Kaoru Mitoma – Excellent down the left-hand side and caused Liverpool all kinds of problems, especially in the first half. Started the second as he ended the first 45 minutes by getting through on goal and picking out March for his side’s opener. An absolutely terrific display. 9.

Evan Ferguson – Did not have much joy in the first half but came into his own in the second, setting up March for his second and leading the line well by dropping in deeper to pick up the ball before he went off. 7.


Danny Welbeck (for Ferguson 66’ 7)

Joel Veltman (for Lallana 66’ 6)

Jeremy Sarmiento (for Mac Allister 83’)

Tariq Lamptey (for Mitoma 90’)

Adam Webster (for Dunk 90’)


Roberto De Zerbi – A brilliant team selection from Brighton’s boss, who set out to exploit Liverpool out wide through pace. Deploying Mac Allister slightly deeper worked well and Brighton probably deserved to score even more than they did. 8.

Kaoru Mitoma was excellent down the left-hand side and caused Liverpool huge problems

Liverpool (4-3-3)

Alisson – Was not helped out by those in front of him, who gave him very little protection all afternoon. Not really at fault for any of the goals but was guilty of putting his team under pressure sometimes by giving the ball away. 6.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – Endured a torrid time up against Mitoma and often left team-mate Matip exposed one v one with the winger. May have been following his manager’s instructions but should have helped out more defensively. Also contributed very little in attack, a big part of why he is in the team. 5.

Joel Matip – A dreadful display from the central defender. Had a nightmare on the right side of defence up against Mitoma in the first-half and was at fault for March’s goal, giving the ball away really poorly to Mac Allister inside his own half. 4.

Ibrahima Konate – Better than his central defensive partner but did very little to stem wave after wave of Brighton attack. Hardly a commanding performance from the France international. 6.

Andrew Robertson – Let March get the better of him early on in the game and was caught out of position on a number of occasions. Did not do his defensive duties properly and like his opposite full-back, also did very little to threaten the opposition going the other way. 5.

It was a dreadful display from Joel Matip as he had a nightmare up against the tricky Mitoma

Trent Alexander-Arnold endured a torrid time up against Mitoma and left Matip exposed

Jordan Henderson – Struggled to get to grips with the excellent duo of Caicedo and Mac Allister in midfield. A few nice passes here and there but looked slow and laborious against the dynamic midfield of Brighton. 6.

Fabinho – Like Henderson, he was guilty of being too slow to stop Brighton’s quick attacks which often came through midfield. 5.

Thiago – Caught the eye occasionally with a few decent passes but had very little impact on the game overall, especially in the final third where he did not help to create attacks as Brighton’s midfielders did. 6.

Mohamed Salah – Wasteful with a couple of shots on goal in the first half and almost anonymous in the second. Looked dangerous on the couple of occasions he did get through on goal but did not do enough for his side. 5.

Mohamed Salah was wasteful in the first-half and was anonymous in the second in poor display

Cody Gakpo – Barely involved in the game at all. Had one good opportunity when the ball fell to him a couple of yards out late on but other than that you would not have known he was playing. 5.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Like Gakpo, barely involved at all. Lacks the pace of Brighton’s wide players and barely caused Groß an issue before he was replaced. 5.


Naby Keita (for Fabinho 68’ 6)

Harvey Elliott (for Henderson 69’ 6)

Ben Doak (for Oxlade-Chamberlain 69’ 6)

Joe Gomez (for Matip 69’ 6)


Jurgen Klopp – His tactical set-up did very little to help his team, who were ruthlessly exposed out wide time after time partly due to how high the full-backs were playing. Did not change things at half-time when he perhaps should have done. 4.

Jurgen Klopp got it all wrong as his tactical set up did little to stop his team getting exposed

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