Player ratings: Liverpool v Brighton

Dale Stephens closes down Naby Keita. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Dale Stephens closes down Naby Keita. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Mo Salah got the only goal as Liverpool ran out 1-0 victors against Brighton at Anfield this evening. Here's how we rated the players of both teams.

LIVERPOOL


Alisson Becker - 7


Now kept three successive clean sheets. Excellent late save to keep out Pascal Gross's header.


Trent Alexander-Arnold - 7


Forward-thinking full-back. Smashed a free kick against the bar in the first half. Booked.


Joe Gomez - 7


Solid alongside van Dijk in central defence.


Virgil van Dijk - 7


Composed at the back. Touted as the best defender in the Premier League last week.


Andy Robertson - 7.5


Always an attacking option out wide. Sent in a few dangerous deliveries.


James Milner - 7


Played a key role in Liverpool's opener by winning the ball off Yves Bissouma.


Naby Keita - 6


Neat and tidy in the middle of the park.


Georginio Wijnaldum - 7


One lovely piece of skill in the first half got the fans on their feet.


Sadio Mane - 6


Had netted three goals in opening two Premier League games of the season but only had one real chance when he shot inches wide early on.


Mo Salah - 7


Quick break set up Mane for early opportunity. Side-footed home the only goal after a quick passing move on 23 minutes.


Roberto Firmino - 7


Denied by a excellent Mathew Ryan save on nine minutes. Set up Salah for Liverpool's goal. Superb movement.


Subs:

Jordan Henderson - 6


Assured performance in central midfield.


Daniel Sturridge - 6


Sent on late in the game.


Joel Matip - 6


A late introduction.

Unused: Alberto Moreno, Adam Lallana, Xherdan Shaqiri, Simon Mignolet.

BRIGHTON


Mathew Ryan - 7


Superb save to keep out Firmino's ninth-minute header. Got a hand to Salah's goal but unable to prevent the shot nestling in the far corner.


Martin Montoya - 6


Tidy at the back. Looked to get forward when he could.


Shane Duffy - 7.5


Strong at the back as usual. Several clearances throughout the game.


Leon Balogun - 7


First start after coming on for Lewis Dunk in the 20th minute against Manchester United last week. Solid up against Liverpool's lively attackers. Booked.


Gaetan Bong - 7


Defended well. Prevented Liverpool's attackers from having too much joy down his side.


Anthony Knockaert - 6


Low early shot saved by Alisson. Missed a great chance to equalise early in the second half.


Dale Stephens - 7


Captain on the day. Won possession back several times in a hard-working display.


Davy Propper - 6


Neat play in possession. Looked to get Albion on the front foot.


Yves Bissouma - 6


First start for the club. Good covering play early on to deny Liverpool a chance to break. Caught in possession for Liverpool's opener after Albion took a quick free kick.


Solly March - 6


The winger had to do a lot of defensive work. Looked to break forward when he could.


Glenn Murray - 7


Held the ball up well when it was played to his feet. Tough day up against Gomez and van Dijk.


Subs:


Jurgen Locadia - 6


Came on after 75 minutes. Albion looked to utilise his pace.


Alireza Jahanbakhsh - 6


Introduced 15 minutes from time. One excellent tackle to stop Salah breaking. Sent in the cross which Pascal Gross almost equalised from.


Pascal Gross - 6


Introduced late on. Great chance to earn Albion a point but Alisson saved his header.

Unused: David Button, Beram Kayal, Markus Suttner, Bernardo.

HAVE YOU READ?

Jurgen Klopp post-match reaction

Chris Hughton post-match reaction

Match report: Liverpool 1, Brighton 0