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Liverpool 4-0 Brighton and Hove Albion - Player Ratings

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Mo Salah scored his 32nd league goal of the season to win the Golden Boot
Mo Salah scored his 32nd league goal of the season to win the Golden Boot

Liverpool beat Brighton 4-0 at Anfield on the final day of the season to secure Champions League football for next season.

Mo Salah scored his 32nd goal of the season, to break the Premier League goalscoring record for a 38-game season, and put the Reds in the lead. Dejan Lovren's header in the 40th minute gave Liverpool a 2-0 lead.

Second half goals from Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson rounded off a comfortable victory for Liverpool, who finished the season unbeaten at Anfield, the only team in the top four divisions of English football to do so.

Here's how each player fared on the day.


Liverpool

Loris Karius - 6/10

Brighton had one shot on target, a shot from outside the box from Solly March, which Karius caught comfortably. That aside, he had nothing to do.

Trent Alexander-Arnold - 6/10

The youngster was always an outlet on the right flank for Liverpool, and he put in some testing crosses as well. He handled the threat of March adeptly.

Dejan Lovren - 8/10

Lovren got himself his first home league goal for the Reds, with a towering header that gave them breathing space. Neither Jurgen Locadia nor Glenn Murray got any joy from testing the Croatian.

Virgil van Dijk - 7/10

Van Dijk was never beaten in the air, by either Locadia or Murray. His passing out from the defence was magnificent.

Andrew Robertson - 8/10

Robertson was as good defensively as he has been for a large part of his tenure at Liverpool. He also got himself his first goal for the club, with a blast from six yards out.

Jordan Henderson - 7/10

The defensive mopping up was top-class from the Liverpool skipper. With the two full-backs providing width all afternoon, Henderson's cross-field passes were a potent weapon, and the skipper landed those passes with perfection.

Georginio Wijnaldum - 7/10

His strength helped him shield and keep possession in midfield, and he helped the Reds keep possession when they had to. He could have had himself a goal in the first half, when he sidefooted a shot straight to Ryan instead of putting his laces through it.

Roberto Firmino - 9/10

Firmino had no goals or assists on the day, but he was the man who made Liverpool tick. He found himself all across the pitch, starting in a free role behind the striker, and gave the Brighton defence pain all game.

Sadio Mane - 6/10

Mane was off colour. He had two big chances in the first half and fluffed both. He should've passed to Firmino when he shot straight at Ryan. Later, he found himself one-on-one with Ryan, but he tried to square it to Salah instead of taking a shot.

Mohamed Salah - 8/10

Another day, another record broken by Liverpool's Egyptian King. He took his goal with no fuss and was a thorn in Brighton's flesh all game. He should've had a penalty in the first half when Shane Duffy brought him down.

Dominic Solanke - 8/10

An assist for Salah, his first goal for Liverpool, and overall, a fantastic effort leading the line. He has taken a little bit of stick throughout the season for his profligacy in front of goal, but that goal will do his confidence a world of good.

Substitutes

Adam Lallana - 7/10

Lallana looked sharp on his return from injury. He played the pass in behind the Brighton defence to set up Liverpool's fourth goal.

Danny Ings - 6/10

Ings looked sharp as well. He was an integral part of the move that culminated in Robertson's goal.

Ben Woodburn - N/A

He barely had a touch of the ball, after coming on for the last few minutes of the game.

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