A goal midway through the first half allowed Liverpool to keep their winning run intact as they beat Brighton 1-0 at Anfield. The Reds were unchanged for this fixture, with Klopp happy to keep faith with the same set of players that had done the business in the opening two weeks of the campaign.
Despite the Seagulls having beaten the Reds’ great North West rivals Manchester United in Week 2, few pundits had expected to them to upset Jurgen Klopp’s side, and the first few minutes showed why- there were easily three clear cut opportunities for the home side to score.
First Sadio Mane’s shot tantalizingly went on the wrong side of the post with Brighton keeper Ryan well beaten. The latter was called into action again, producing a good save to deny Firmino’s header after an excellent cross from Andy Robertson. Trent-Alexander Arnold then rattled the woodwork with an excellent free kick.
Brighton upset Manchester United last weekend and will travel to Anfield in Round 3 to take on in-form Liverpool. How will the Reds fare against their opponents from the South Coast this weekend? LFC Zone decided to check out what the pundits (messrs Lawro, Merson and Owen) had to say about this fixture.
Mark Lawrenson: Lawro says Liverpool “are flying” and the pace of their play “is difficult to cope with”, and has predicted a 3-0 win for the Reds
Lawro’s celeb opponents this weekend are Idris Elba and Aml Ameen. Elba also sees Liverpool scoring 3, but also reckons Brighton will be able to beat Alisson twice this weekend. Aml Ameen has gone for another Brighton upset, backing the Seagulls to win 2-1. Continue reading
Liverpool only need a point from their final home game against Brighton and Hove Albion after Chelsea slipped up in midweek against Huddersfield Town. The Blues needed to win to draw level with the Reds, but could only manage a 1-1 draw which left Huddersfield fans in delight as the promoted Terriers secured their spot in the Premier League for another season.
Town went ahead through Depoitre and although Marcos Alonso managed an equaliser for Chelsea, they couldn’t find another goal for the three points they so desperately needed.
The result means that Chelsea are now two behind Liverpool with a game to play. Their last game is against Newcastle, who lost to Spurs in midweek, giving the Lilywhites third spot and a confirmed spot in the Champions League next season.
Liverpool, it must be remembered, have NOT lost a league game at home this season!
Going into the final day of the season
Spurs (3rd)- 74 points (+37 GD)
LFC (4th)- 72 points (+42 GD)
Chelsea (5th)- 70 points (+27 GD)