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Liverpool 2 - 1 Brighton & Hove Albion: 3 reasons why the Reds won the match | Premier League 2019-20

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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:12 IST

Virgil van Dijk and his teammates celebrate
Virgil van Dijk and his teammates celebrate

Liverpool continued their winning ways in the Premier League as they saw off a late second-half onslaught from 15th placed Brighton & Hove Albion to secure a 2-1 win at Anfield. With yet another victory in the English top-flight, The Reds are currently on the third-longest unbeaten run in Premier League history, having gone 31 games without tasting defeat so far.

Jürgen Klopp's side equalled the club's best-ever unbeaten league run set under Kenny Dalglish from May 1987 to March 1988.

Virgil van Dijk scored two headers in the first half from two exquisite deliveries by right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold. If not for the opposition goalkeeper Matthew Ryan, a lot of players from the home side would've gotten on the scoresheet.

After defending champions Manchester City dropped points earlier, the home team took this opportunity to go eleven points clear at the top, albeit temporarily.

Although they needed two goalkeepers to get through the 90 minutes, they held on to take all three points from the game. In this article, we analyse the reasons for Liverpool's historic win against Brighton.


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Virgil van Dijk scored both of Liverpool
Virgil van Dijk scored both of Liverpool's goals

Although the hosts took a few minutes to find their rhythm in the first half, given that they just had a big game against Napoli in the Champions League a couple of days ago, as soon as their passes starting connecting, it became a classic Liverpool performance.

After two opportunities from forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, it took brilliant movement from Virgil van Dijk to direct the ball into the back of the net for the opening goal.

Following the first goal, the action kicked into next gear and the Liverpool players seemed to have been infused with a dose of energy. They pressed very high and forced the opposition defenders into errors constantly.

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Yet again the full-back duo of Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson were at the top of their game, while the forwards and midfielders linked beautifully with them to covert defence phases into attacks in a flash.

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Published 01 Dec 2019, 00:55 IST
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