Liverpool player ratings vs Brighton: Jota scores again but two stars poor as Reds draw

Liverpool were denied victory in stoppage time at Brighton as the Reds conceded two penalties at the Amex Stadium. Diogo Jota’s goal looked to have set the Premier League champions up for victory after Neal Maupay missed from the spot in the first half but a foul from Andy Robertson on Danny Welbeck then allowed Pascal Gross to score from 12 yards out in the final minutes. Express Sport rates and slates the Reds after a disappointing afternoon on the south coast.

Liverpool player ratings vs Brighton – Premier League

Alisson – 6

Rapid off his line on several occasions in his sweeper role to deal with long balls over the top. Not forced to make any real tough saves and sent the wrong way from the spot late on.

Neco Williams – 4

Struggled defensively and unable to offer much going forward with wayward final balls. Silly challenge to give away the penalty. Hooked at half-time.

Nat Phillips – 6

Typically strong in the air though has some shortcomings on the ball and found things tough against Connolly. Suffered a nasty fall second-half but battled on to play the final 15 minutes after three subs had already been made. Great recovery to tackle Danny Welbeck in the box.

Fabinho – 6

Left Connolly onside for a golden first-half chance and went to ground too quickly during one second-half Brighton attack but otherwise a lot of good awareness and timely interventions. Also one great long ball through for Salah in the first 45.

Andy Robertson – 5

Gave away the late penalty that cost Liverpool, kicking Danny Welbeck and not the ball. Poor first-half, better in the second-half – although still not at his best going forward – until giving away the spot-kick. Was perhaps unfortunate for the penalty.

Gini Wijnaldum – 7

Best of the midfield three with intelligent play on and off the ball in a composed showing. Incredible at shielding the ball from opposing players, some good flicks into team-mates and as industrious as ever off the ball.

James Milner – 6

Looked to be a little tired in midfield first-half but switched to right-back after half-time and did so with aplomb… until picking up a muscle injury. Another big blow for Liverpool.

Takumi Minamino – 4

Played in a different central midfield role and put in a shift but struggled to offer much on the ball and needed to get forward more. One better run from a Milner pass into the channel but didn’t come to anything and quite simply didn’t show his abilities enough even as Liverpool saw more possession. A big chance to impress wasted.

Diogo Jota – 7

Poor pass into Salah when Liverpool might’ve led early on and otherwise below-par in the first 45 minutes. Then produces a brilliant finish to make it 1-0, waiting and waiting before pulling the trigger to find the bottom corner.

Roberto Firmino – 6

Lovely slip into Jota early on and another beautiful touch and pass into Salah for the disallowed goal. Some great touches and flicks and looks more confident after his goal in the previous match.

Mohamed Salah – 7

Liverpool’s liveliest player in a dull first-half, flashing one wide before a great finish to score only to be ruled narrowly offside. Nice touch into Jota for the goal. Not at all happy to be subbed off.


Jordan Henderson (on for Williams min 46) – 8

Gave Liverpool far greater control and impetus after his introduction. While didn’t have a direct impact in the goal, transformed the game in the Reds’ favour even though they didn’t win.

Sadio Mane (on for Salah min 64) – 5

Rose highest to head in from Robertson’s free-kick but was offside. Otherwise not involved.

Curtis Jones (on for Milner min 73) – 6

Replaced the injured Milner and had to play in an unusual role that was part right-back, part right-sided midfielder. Did the job.


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