Classy Reds Put Five Past Albion

Brighton suffered their heaviest loss of the season as they were thumped 5-1 by Liverpool this afternoon.

Goals from Emre Can and Roberto Firmino saw the Reds take a two-goal lead into half-time. Firmino added his second of the afternoon three minutes after the break, with Glenn Murray nabbing a consolation for Albion from the penalty spot on 50 minutes.

Philippe Coutinho added a fourth for Jurgen Klopp's side from a free kick with less than five minutes remaining, with his shot a minute later going in off Lewis Dunk for an own goal.

Chris Hughton made two changes to the starting line-up from Tuesday's goalless draw with Crystal Palace. Having recovered from a knee problem, Gatean Bong replaced Markus Suttner at Left back, with Izzy Brown making his third start of the season in place of Jose Izquierdo on the left side of midfield.

Albion had few forays going forward in the opening 20 minutes, however they saw a glorious chance go wasting 17 minutes in. Brown found space to get a low ball across the box from the left, however Seagulls top scorer Murray sent his shot on the turn high and wide of goal.

The Seagulls grew into the game as the half went on, however they were sloppy in possession and found themselves a goal behind half an hour into the game. Coutinho's right hand corner was buried by the head of Emre Can in the box.

Before the hosts had time to regroup, they conceded a second goal a minute after going 1-0 down. After retaking possession, a quick break through the middle saw Salah feed the ball out to Coutinho on the left, with the midfielder sending in a cross to Firmino at the back post for an easy tap-in.

An action-packed opening five minutes of the second half saw both sides find the back of the net. A great cross from Brown should have been buried by Murray, however he put his shot straight at Simon Mignolet. From there the Reds broke down the other end of the pitch, with Salah putting Firmino in on goal to slot past Maty Ryan on 48 minutes.

Albion's chance to narrow the visitor's lead came two minutes later, as referee Graham Scott awarded them a penalty for an apparent shove in the box. Murray stepped up to comfortably put his fifth goal of the season in the top right corner.

The Seagulls pushed forward after getting a goal back and came close to scoring a second 72 minutes in. Pascal Gross' deep free kick from the left was headed down by Duffy towards Murray in the centre of the box. The 34-year old hooked his shot on the half-volley narrowly wide of Mignolet's right-hand post.

Hughton made changes out wide with 20 minutes remaining, with substitute Jose Izquierdo came close narrowing the gap for Albion. A neat one-two with Gross put the winger in on goal, with a great block from Trent Alexander-Arnold preventing the Colombian from scoring his third of the season.

Albion conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box with three minutes remaining in the game. Coutinho stepped up to roll the ball under the wall - who jumped in anticipation of a shot over and under - and past a helpless Ryan.

A wonderful solo run from the 25-year old saw them hit the back of the net for a fifth time a minute later, with the Brazilian's shot taking a massive deflection off Lewis Dunk for an own goal.

The final scoreline was probably harsh on Albion, however there was no denying that the Reds were well worth the three points in a slick performance. The Seagulls were sloppy in possession throughout the game, in what was their biggest ever defeat at the Amex.

Brighton drop down to 11th in the table, with their next game seeing them travel to West Yorkshire face fellow promoted side Huddersfield in a weeks time.

Albion: Ryan; Bruno © (Schelotto 77'), Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert (March 70'), Stephens, Propper, Brown (Izquierdo 70'); Gross; Murray

Unused Subs: Krul, Kayal, Hemed, Goldson


Liverpool: Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Can, Robertson; Henderson © (Grujic 90'), Winjaldum, Milner; Salah (Oxlade-Chamberlain 79'), Coutinho, Firmino (Solanke 88')

Unused Subs: Karius, Sturridge, Klavan, Mane,


Attendance: 30,634

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