A double by Virgil van Dijk against Brighton placed Liverpool’s Premier leader on Saturday, no less than 11 points ahead of Manchester City of Pep Guardiola, who a few hours earlier could not win Newcastle (2-2) And this despite the fact that the ‘reds’ played with 10 following the red card to their goalkeeper, Alisson, for one hand outside their penalty area).
Only 3 days after the coup that led to 1-1 in Anfield against Naples in the Champions League, which forces the European champion to fight for his quarterfinal pass on the last day, in the Salzburg field on December 10, those of Jürgen Klopp achieved a triumph that throws them even more towards their goal of being champions of England for the first time since 1990.
The 2-2 of the City in Saint James ’Park motivated that the fans‘ red ’went to Anfield with more renewed spirits than ever despite the stumble before the whole Carlo Ancelotti. And his team did not fail. In 6 minutes Liverpool resolved the match. In 24 ’he was leading 2-0 against Steve Bruce.
If the injured Fabinho
Without Fabinho, who was injured against Naples and will be low for 10 weeks, Klopp lined up a half formed by Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. In point, the trident Mohamed Salah-Roberto Firmino-Sadio Mané.
But it was not Salah (replaced in 69 ‘by Adam Lallana) who increased Liverpool’s advantage by deciding the match with their goals, neither Mané nor Firmino. The hero of the afternoon was Van Dijk with two goals and both after two centers of Trent Alexander-Arnold, whom Klopp left on the bench against Naples.
Anyway, the end of the match was not placid for Liverpool, since in the 76th minute Alisson was expelled and in 79 ‘Lewis Dunk cut distances for Brighton surprising Adrian, who entered after the red to the Brazilian goal. The 2-1 no longer moved. The ‘reds’ have 11 points more than twice in a row champion of the Premier, City of Guardiola, 2nd with the same points as Leicester (3rd and that this Sunday receives the Everton).
Liverpool, 2: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, D. Lovren, V. Van Dijk,
A. Robertson; G. Wijnaldum, J. Henderson, A. Oxlade-Chamberlain (Adrián, 78 M. Salah (A. Lallana, 69 R. Firmino (D. Origi, 76′) and S. Mané
Brighton, 1: M. Ryan; M. Montoya (S. Alzate, 69 A. Webster, L. Dunk, D. Burn; D. Stephens, Y. Bissouma (L. Trossard, 69 D. Propper; P. Gross, A. Connolly (N. Maupay, 76 A. Mooy
Goals: 1-0 V. Van Dijk (18 2-0 V. Van Dijk (24′),
2-1 L. Dunk (79 Referee: Martin Atkinson. Red card to Alisson (77 Spectators: 53,319 in Anfield