Diaz shines as Salah struggles: Brighton vs Liverpool player ratings
Liverpool kept the pressure on Champions Manchester City with a comfortable 2-0 win over Brighton at Saturday Lunchtime.
Luis Diaz gave them the lead 20 minutes in with a brave header, for which Robert Sanchez could have seen red but survived, before Mo Salah added a second with an emphatic penalty ten minutes into the second half.
Luis Diaz opens the scoring after an incredible pass from Joël Matip! 🔥
Despite being taken out by Robert Sánchez the Liverpool forward is ok to carry on 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Vka83JoN2X
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 12, 2022
In truth, Liverpool didn’t break a sweat, and will already be looking ahead to their trip to the Emirates on Wednesday evening. The ease of the game is reflected in the player ratings.
Robert Sanchez -4
Was fortunate to escape a card for a late challenge on Luis Diaz after 20 minutes. Had little else to do in a game that was decided by two big moments.
Tariq Lamptey – 5
Used his express pace well against Robertson, but the Scotsman dealt with him relatively well. Struggled against Luis Diaz in the opposite direction. The Brighton man doesn’t seem quite where he was before his injury.
Joel Veltman – 5
Filling in for Shane Duffy again, Veltman could do little about the second goal. Let Diaz run between himself and Lamptey for the opener however.
Lewis Dunk – 5
Did well to stop the counter-attacks that Liverpool increasingly employed in the second half, but in truth the game was dead by then.
Marc Cucurella – 5
Did okay in both directions, keeping Sadio Mane and Mo Salah relatively quiet, but offered little end product and was uncharacteristically sloppy with his passing.
Steven Alzate – 4
Virtually anonymous in midfield and outshone by Bissouma. Brighton consistently lost the battle in midfield in the second half, and Alzate seemed a passenger.
Yves Bissouma – 5
Controlled the midfield for the first half, and offered a reminder of his credentials to those who had been sniffing around him last summer. However, lost control in the second half and gave away a cheap penalty for handball that put the game to bed on the hour mark.
Solly March – 5
Got into some good positions as the game wore on, but couldn’t pick a man out in the penalty area.
Leandro Trossard – 5
Blazed one good chance over the bar. Was diligent with his pressing but could not really get into the encounter.
Neil Maupay – 4
Continued to press late into the game, which earned him a yellow card for a foul on Alisson. His inability to hold the ball up nor run in behind consistently lays bare just where Brighton’s problems lie, however.
Alexis Mac Allister – 4
Was wasteful with possession and picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on Jota. Hard to see what he adds to the Brighton side.
Adam Lallana – 5
The former Liverpool man was introduced at half-time, but suffered an injury just moments afer coming on and was subbed off again after 50 minutes. As a result, had no impact on the game.
Pascal Gross – 5
Came on for the stricken Lallana but couldn’t influence the game as Liverpool saw out a comfortable win.
Danny Welbeck – 6
Offered Brighton a focal point and the Seagulls improved as the game petered out. Was unable to swing the result, however, seeing a late header saved by the Liverpool goalkeeper.
Alisson – 6
Was perhaps fortunate to escape conceding a free-kick for handling the ball outside the area, but had little to do saves-wise apart from one late save from a Danny Welbeck header.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5
Had one of his poorer games in the final third, with too many stray crosses and shots. His form has taken a dip in recent weeks, but his quality in the final third remains undeniable.
Joel Matip – 7
One beautifully flighted pass set up the opening goal, and looked imperious next to Virgil Van Dijk. With Matip and Ibrahima Konate, there is serious competition for the second centre-back slot.
Virgil Van Dijk – 6
The Liverpool defence always looks far more comfortable with him in it, and although he did nothing notable, everything he did oozed quality.
Andy Robertson – 5
A quiet game for both fullbacks, Robertson had his hands full defensively with the attacking runs of Tariq Lamptey, but dealt with the Brighton man well. Meant that he offered little going forwards, however.
Fabinho – 6
Mr Consistent as ever, Fabinho shielded the Liverpool defence well as Brighton looked to try and break them down early in the game. As always, he was quietly effective.
Jordan Henderson – 5
Found himself stationed wide on the right in attacks, which didn’t bring the best out of Liverpool’s captain. Wasteful at times with possession and guilty of making the wrong decision too often.
Naby Keita – 7
Liverpool’s best midfielder on the day and it seems that, three years after joining the club, Keita is finally making the midfield role his own in Jurgen Klopp’s system. Won the penalty with a shot that struck Bissouma’s arm and was tidy in possession.
Luis Diaz – 7
Came up with a brave header before beinf clattered by Robert Sanchez for the Liverpool opener. Has settled into the Liverpool side with no issue and his persistent running will quickly endear him to the fans.
Mo Salah – 5
Was well below his usual standard, although he did convert the penalty to make it 2-0. Was hooked after 65 minutes with what looked to be an ankle injury that could see him miss the Arsenal clash.
Sadio Mane – 5
Quiet again, but worked hard for the side as he always does. One beautiful dummy in the second half reminded watchers of his quality.
Diogo Jota – 5
Struggled in a misfiring forward line for the reds, and will have done little to suggest that he should start over Luis Diaz on Wednesday.
Thiago – 6
Came on to help Liverpool retain possession, and helped them see out what turned out to be a comfortable afternoon at the AMEX.
James Milner – N/A
Came on for the final 5 minutes.