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'Brighton were the better team' - Robertson offers no excuses as Liverpool suffer shattering Premier League defeat

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Brighton's Steven Alzate scores past Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool during the Premier League match at Anfield

Brighton's Steven Alzate scores past Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool during the Premier League match at Anfield

Brighton's Steven Alzate scores past Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool during the Premier League match at Anfield

Liverpool's home league record has collapsed from unbeaten in almost four years to defeats in back-to-back matches as Brighton followed Burnley in leaving Anfield with a 1-0 victory.

A fortnight ago, a 68-game run was ended by the Clarets and this was a similar story as Jurgen Klopp's side dominated possession but lacked a cutting edge.

The visitors created the best chances and the margin of victory could have been greater but Steven Alzate seized the moment with his first Premier League goal in his 28th appearance 11 minutes into the second half.

Liverpool, who have dropped points against five of the bottom six, were without goalkeeper Alisson Becker due to a non-Covid-related illness but the concerns were at the other end of the pitch.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with Jordan Henderson after the defeat to Brighton

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with Jordan Henderson after the defeat to Brighton

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with Jordan Henderson after the defeat to Brighton

Klopp's wait for a 100th win at Anfield continues while the Seagulls made it four league matches without conceding having taken 10 points from 12 and beaten the defending champions, Tottenham and Leeds along the way.

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson admitted they had been second-best and had lost the knack of grinding out wins.

"Brighton came and were the better team. We were hugely disappointing all over the park," he said. "Sometimes you have to give the opponents credit, but it's just not clicking.

"Maybe teams are sitting back a bit more but we need to find a way to get results and we're not getting results just now. We need to be better at finding a way."

The victory, Brighton's first at Anfield since March 1982, owed much to the organisation which Graham Potter has drilled into the Seagulls, defending en masse and then committing players to attack when they had the chance to take the game to the hosts.

It worked to a tee as there were shots on target from either side in the opening 54 minutes, a situation which would not have bothered the visitors.

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The first attempt on target found the net as the impressive Dan Burn popped up at the far post to knock Pascal Gross' cross back into the danger area and Alzate ran onto it to loop a shot inside the far post, possibly via a deflection from Leandro Trossard.

That Liverpool's best chance was their first of the evening after just three minutes told its own story.

Mohamed Salah was uncharacteristically wasteful with an early chance not unlike his brilliant second at West Ham; this time it was Jordan Henderson playing the raking pass out from the back and, although the Egypt international's first touch was just as good as Sunday, he blazed over.

Burn wasted Brighton's best opening by ballooning over after Neil Maupay had sent Henderson and James Milner the wrong way only for his half-deflected shot to pick out his team-mate close to goal.

In the second half Roberto Firmino may have been brought down by Burn in the act of shooting but Nat Phillips' nudge on Lewis Dunk denied Liverpool a chance for VAR to look at their penalty claim.

Salah side-footed wide from an Alexander-Arnold cross and drilled a shot against the upper-arm of Yves Bissouma but the visitors were carving out the chances as only Henderson's last-ditch tackle denied Ben White after Caoimhin Kelleher, making only his second Premier League appearance, saved Gross' shot.

Liverpool's two new defensive signings watched from the Main Stand, Ben Davies on the bench and Ozan Kabak sat just behind not in the squad, but it was problems at the other end which were costly.

Klopp's side missed the thrust of Sadio Mane, whom the manager will hope has recovered from a muscle injury in time for the visit of Manchester City on Sunday, as they cannot afford another off-day against the league leaders.

Defeat dropped Liverpool to fourth and left them seven points behind City, who have a match in hand, while Brighton are 10 points clear of the bottom three.

Steven Alzate admitted he was not sure whether the winner was definitely his but will happily claim it given it would be his first in the Premier League and sealed a memorable result for Brighton.

"Big result, big result," he told BT Sport. "The last few games I feel we've been getting decent results and I feel like it's been coming.

"We've been playing well since the beginning of the season but luck hasn't really come our way. But massive win today."

Put to Alzate that the last time Brighton won a league game at Anfield was 39 years ago, he said: "It's not easy coming here. They're the champions for a reason. We stuck to our game plan and it wo


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