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Brighton 3-0 Liverpool: Player ratings as March double extends Reds rot.

From the AMEX – Solly March scored a double as Brighton embarrassed Liverpool to move up to seventh in the Premier League, further harming the injury-stricken visitors’ Champions League qualification hopes with a 3-0 victory.

Brighton dominated the Reds and made the breakthrough at the start of the second half when March touched Kauro Mitoma’s cross past Alisson.

The winger scored a stunning second minutes later to give Roberto De Zerbi’s side victory, with Jurgen Klopp’s visitors failing to conjure any moments of attacking quality.

Substitute Danny Welbeck came on to net a brilliant third, gathering March’s flick before powering his shot into the back of the net.

The home side started on the front foot and zipped passes around, with Trent Alexander-Arnold clearing March’s off-target shot just over the bar. A header from Alexis Mac Allister – making his first club start since the World Cup – from the subsequent corner was held by Allison.

Liverpool were penned in for the majority of the opening 25 minutes, only booting the ball into space for attackers Mohamed Salah and Cody Gakpo to chase. Their first proper sighter fell for Gakpo, whose fiercely-struck shot was charged down.

Brighton continued to recycle possession, constantly finding routes through the middle of Liverpool’s midfield before going wide to Mitoma and March.

It was March who appeared to win his side a penalty after going through and being brought down by Alisson, but the video assistant referee spotted his offside run in the build-up.

Liverpool’s midfield trio of Fabinho, Thiago and Jordan Henderson failed to exert any control on proceedings and Brighton got the lead they deserved when March tapped in.

The brilliant Mitoma again worked his way into the box and scuffed the ball across goal to March, who had the simple task of poking past Alisson for the game’s opener. It was his first strike at home in the league since 2020, but he didn’t have to wait much longer for his second.

The 28-year-old has hit his best run of Premier League form ever and his second strike took him to four goals in his last three top flight appearances. He was played through by emerging striker Evan Ferguson before arrowing a left-footed strike into the far corner.

A host of changes from the visitors did produce decent openings for Gakpo and Harvey Elliott, but the points were wrapped up with a third from home substitute Danny Welbeck. March flicked on a throw into Welbeck, who beat both Konate and Joe Gomez before firing in the third.


Brighton are now up to seventh thanks to their fifth win in seven league games, while Liverpool slip to eighth.

Brighton player ratings
GK: Robert Sanchez – 6/10 – On alert a few times to come out of his box and clean up, but not a busy day.

RB: Pascal Gross – 7/10 – Tucked infield pretty regularly and helped Brighton play through Liverpool’s lacking press.

CB: Lewis Dunk – 7/10 – Brought down Gakpo for a yellow card. Rarely had Liverpool attackers running in behind and used the ball well.

CB: Levi Colwill – 6/10 – Cool and calm when briefly put in tough spots in the first half.

LB: Pervis Estupinan – 7/10 – Bombed forward to provide Mitoma with more options in atack.

CM: Moises Caicedo – 7/10 – Constantly picked up loose possession and quickly asserted himself against Liverpool’s ageing midfield.

CM: Alexis Mac Allister – 7/10 – Combative, played cheeky passes around the corner and in tight spaces. Straight back into the flow on his first start since the World Cup.

RW: Solly March – 9/10 – Has hit form in recent weeks but this was an all-time career best performance from March. He gambled to get into the middle for his first strike and produced a brilliant finish to seal the points. Assisted Welbeck later with a header.

AM: Adam Lallana – 7/10 – Liverpool’s centre backs couldn’t decide who should pick up Lallana and he made use of the space, playing passes around the box to keep Brighton’s attacks flowing.

LW: Kaoro Mitoma – 8/10 – Slowed down and sped up out wide, constantly keeping Alexander-Arnold guessing. Deserved the assist for March, even if it was slightly scuffed.

ST: Evan Ferguson – 7/10 – Provided a physical contest Liverpool’s defence struggled with. Good pass played in March for his second.

Joel Veltman (66′ for Lallana) – 6/10 – A more conservative switch which paid off.

Danny Welbeck (66′ for Ferguson) – 8/10 – Added pace to Brighton’s counter attacks and sealed the win with a brilliant effort after collecting March’s header.

Jeremy Sarmiento (83′ for Mac Allister) – N/A

Tariq Lamptey (90′ for Mitoma) – N/A

Adam Webster (90′ for Dunk) – N/A

Roberto De Zerbi – 8/10 – Got his set-up spot on, exposing Liverpool’s ageing players and targeting their weaknesses out wide.


Liverpool player ratings (4-3-3)
GK: Alisson – 5/10 – Almost conceded a penalty but saved by VAR intervention. A couple of saves but not at his intimidating best.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 3/10 – Cleared a shot going wide over the bar. Saw Mitoma run past him again and again and Liverpool were eventually made to pay for it.

CB: Joel Matip – 3/10 – Slid in hard on Mitoma for a booking. Sloppy pass led to March’s opener.

CB: Ibrahima Konate – 4/10 – Slightly more composed than Matip but looked similarly at sea with Ferguson at times. Lost March for the third.

LB: Andy Robertson – 5/10 – Was high up the pitch when Matip gave the ball away, allowing March to exploit his absence. Probably the best of Liverpool’s defenders but hardly a standout performance.

CM: Jordan Henderson – 3/10 – Frustrated late tackle on Caicedo saw him booked. Off the pace.

CM: Fabinho – 2/10 – Couldn’t stop Brighton playing straight through Liverpool’s midfield and was positionally unaware throughout the contest.

CM: Thiago – 3/10 – Liverpool only started getting more of the ball late on, by which time is was a little late for Thiago to make an impact.

RW: Mohamed Salah – 4/10 – Had to chase long balls from the outset and didn’t get many scoring opportunities. Cut a frustrated figure.

ST: Cody Gakpo – 4/10 – First Premier League appearance and will hope for much improvement. Scarcely involved except for one blocked shot.

LW: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 3/10 – Only playing because of the injury crisis across Liverpool’s front three.

Ben Doak (68′ for Oxlade-Chamberlain) – 6/10 – Showed some vigour but the result had already been sealed.

Naby Keita (68′ for Fabinho) – 5/10 – Struggled similarly to Fabinho.

Harvey Elliott (69′ for Henderson) – 5/10 – Dragged one good opening wide when well placed.

Joe Gomez (69′ for Matip) – 5/10 – Couldn’t help clean up Liverpool’s poor defending.

Jurgen Klopp – 4/10 – Needed a more dynamic presence in midfield from the outset and saw his players overrun. Hands are tied a fair bit by injury but this defeat felt bleak.

Player of the match – Solly March




Liverpool breaks silence on Liverpool’s loss to Brighton.

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has revealed that he was responsible for his side’s Premier League 3-0 defeat to Brighton on Saturday evening.

Klopp also admitted Liverpool are at a “really low point,” saying it was his job to make the right line-up to set up the right tactics against Brighton.

The German watched as a brace from Solly March and a goal from Danny Welbeck gave Brighton all three points against Liverpool at Falmer Stadium.


Speaking at his post-match press conference after the game, Klopp said that the outcome of the match was ‘horrible to watch.’

Klopp said, “I’m not sure if it’s because the game is still a few minutes ago, but I can’t remember a worse game. I honestly can’t. Not only Liverpool.

“That’s my responsibility. That makes it a really low point.”

He added, “It’s fully my responsibility with a different formation and it didn’t work out. The outcome was horrible to watch.”




EPL clubs ‘fearful’ of further fixture postponements.


Premier League clubs are worried that next weekend’s round of fixtures could also be postponed after this weekend’s matches were called off in tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The league’s board voted unanimously in favour of calling this weekend’s schedule off on Friday, with fixtures across the country similarly cancelled – including at grassroots level.

However, the move came in for criticism when other sports – such as rugby union and cricket – decided to play on in the Queen’s honour instead.

The Guardian report that Premier League clubs fear they could lose next weekend’s fixtures too. A state funeral is expected to be held on Monday 19 September, and while there are no top flight games scheduled for that date specifically, there could be further logistical challenges.

The funeral will require a large police operation and so there may be a shortage of security available for football matches, particularly those in London that weekend – Tottenham host Leicester on Saturday, while Brentford play Arsenal and Chelsea face Liverpool on Sunday.


Brighton’s Saturday clash at home to rivals Crystal Palace was postponed due to a planned train strike that day, but industrial action has since been called off due to the Queen’s passing.

Clubs are worried that there will be little to no time to play any further re-arranged fixtures in what is already a packed schedule. The report adds most sides feel it would be better to partially complete the next matchday where possible rather than call it off again entirely.




Chelsea appoint Graham Potter as new manager.


Chelsea have confirmed the appointment of Graham Potter as their new manager.

The Blues have moved swiftly to appoint a successor to Thomas Tuchel, who surprisingly parted ways with the club on Wednesday morning.

And Chelsea have now announced the appointment of Potter on a five-year contract after agreeing a fee with Brighton to release him from his contract at the Amex Stadium.

“I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club,” Potter said. “I am very excited to partner with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and to develop a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of.

“I would also like to place my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for allowing me this opportunity and in particular Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and supporters for their continued support during my time at the club.”

Chairman Todd Boehly added: “We are thrilled to bring Graham to Chelsea. He is a proven coach and an innovator in the Premier League who fits our vision for the Club. Not only is he extremely talented on the pitch, he has skills and capabilities that extend beyond the pitch which will make Chelsea a more successful Club.

“He has had a major impact at his previous Clubs’ and we look forward to his positive impact at Chelsea. We look forward to supporting him, his coaching team and the squad in realising their full potential in the coming months and years.”

Noble Reporters Media first reported early on Thursday that Potter had agreed to take the job at Stamford Bridge following productive talks the day prior.

New Chelsea co-owner Boehly led the search for a new manager and quickly identified Potter as his top target.

The 47-year-old arrived at Brighton in 2019 following impressive stints at Ostersunds and Swansea City. Though it took a while for results to notably improve, he led the Seagulls to a ninth-placed finish last season – their highest in the club’s history.


Potter is set to take charge of his first Chelsea match this weekend in their short trip to west London rivals Fulham on Saturday.

Chelsea currently sit sixth in the Premier League table – ironically three points and two places behind Brighton – and have won just three of seven games in all competitions so far this season.




Graham Potter speaks on whether or not he would manage Chelsea.


Brighton & Hove Albion boss Graham Potter has agreed to take charge of Chelsea, sources have confirmed to 90min.

The 47-year-old opened talks with Chelsea on Wednesday following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel, and 90min have been told that things went well and he was offered the chance to replace the German at Stamford Bridge.

It is believed that Potter verbally agreed to take charge and shook hands on the deal, with paperwork now being drawn up.

90min understands that Chelsea want the deal completed on Thursday so barring any issues, Potter will take charge ahead of this weekend’s derby clash with Fulham.


As confirmed on Wednesday, Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly had been leading the search and work started some weeks ago when issues with Tuchel first emerged.

Potter was always first choice for Chelesa, and such has been the impression he has made on Boehly and the rest of the club’s hierarchy following their first meeting, they knew they had their man. Boehly always wanted a swift appoint and that is how things have worked out.

The likes of Zinedine Zidane, Diego Simeone and Ruben Amorim were among those who had been discussed, but the other real contender had been Mauricio Pochettino – out of work since leaving Paris Saint-Germain. But Potter impressed so much during talks that Boehly and the rest of the board were satisfied with their first choice and was offered the job within hours of meeting.

Brighton, who have a release clause in place for Potter, have begun their own search for a replacement




Who’s Next: Chelsea to decide on who to replace Tuchel. [See 5 closest manager]


Astonishingly, Thomas Tuchel is no longer Chelsea’s head coach after being relieved of his duties in the wake of the 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League.

The German had just overseen a world record £273m spend in the summer transfer window, but Todd Boehly and the Chelsea board have opted to axe Tuchel after an indifferent start to the season – one that has seen the club struggle to forge any kind of identity on the pitch and one that has looked toothless in front of goal.

The search will now begin for Tuchel’s replacement, but who will be in the frame to replace him?


Zinedine Zidane, Clubs managed: Real Madrid Castilla, Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane’s name is in the mix for every big job going and Chelsea’s vacancy is bound to see the Frenchman linked with a Premier League move.

Two hugely successful spells at Real Madrid make Zidane an enticing prospect for Todd Boehly and the Blues board, but it remains to be seen whether he can be talked out of waiting for the France job – which may become available after this winter’s World Cup.

A proven winner in the big leagues, Zidane’s pedigree could be just what Chelsea need.


Mauricio Pochettino, Clubs managed: Espanyol, Southampton, Tottenham, Paris Saint-Germain
Tottenham Hotspur fans, look away now.

It would seem unlikely that Mauricio Pochettino would break his bond with the club’s supporters but could he really turn down the advances of Chelsea if they came calling? He has an abundance of Premier League experience, with Southampton as well as Spurs, and has a proven track record of getting the best out of players.

Failing to win the Champions League with PSG has tarnished Pochettino’s reputation a little, but he remains one of the best coaches in the world.


Graham Potter, Clubs managed: Ostersund, Swansea, Brighton
Brighton are continuing to go from strength to strength under Graham Potter and it’s no surprise to see him touted as one of the favourites to take over.

The Seagulls will do their utmost to keep hold of Potter, should an approach be made, and there’s no guarantee that the 47-year-old would walk away from a hugely appealing project down on the south coast.

But his stock has risen exponentially over the last 12 months, and he’s widely regarded as one of the most progressive coaches in the game.


Roberto Mancini, Clubs managed: Fiorentina, Lazio, Inter, Manchester City, Galatasaray, Zenit
One manager who has been out of the club scene for a little while is Roberto Mancini, but the Italy boss could be swayed by the prospect of taking over at Stamford Bridge.

He’s won the European Championship with his country but wasn’t able to qualify for this winter’s World Cup in Qatar, meaning there’s very little for him to achieve on the international stage – unless he wants to have another crack at the Euros.

A Premier League winner with Manchester City, Mancini knows how to get it done in England and is used to the pressure of managing a top club.


Rodgers, Clubs managed: Watford, Reading, Swansea, Liverpool, Celtic, Leicester
Leicester City are in the doldrums right now, sitting plum bottom of the Premier League table, but Brendan Rodgers still has a decent reputation in the game.

The Northern Irishman also cut his teeth at Chelsea, honing his skills as a coach at youth level, and the opportunity to return to Stamford Bridge could bring to an end what’s becoming a bit of a nightmare spell at King Power.

Rodgers would also reunite with Wesley Fofana, having plucked him out of relative obscurity to help coach him into being one of Europe’s top defenders.




Brighton permits Chelsea to speak with Graham Potter.


Brighton & Hove Albion have given Chelsea permission to speak to Graham Potter about becoming the club’s new head coach, 90min can confirm.

The Blues dispensed with Thomas Tuchel after the 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on Tuesday, despite backing the German to the tune of £273m over the summer – a world record spend during a single transfer window.

Co-owner Todd Boehly unanimous agreed with Chelsea’s hierarchy that a change was needed, and Tuchel’s 20-month reign – which yielded Champions League glory in May last year – was brought to an end by a club statement on Wednesday morning.

Sources have confirmed to 90min that Chelsea are looking to replace Tuchel quickly and have quietly been doing their homework on a number of prospective candidates.

Brighton boss Potter, who has enjoyed a superb start to the season down on the south coast, is one of Chelsea’s primary targets, and 90min can confirm that Brighton have given the 47-year-old permission to travel to London in order to discuss the vacancy.


The Blues feel that Potter’s style of play and management aligns with the long-term project on offer at Stamford Bridge, although Brighton will be due significant compensation if a deal is completed.

Sporting CP boss Ruben Amorim is another candidate on Chelsea’s list after an impressive couple of years in Portugal, while another name being discussed within the corridors of powers is former Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane – although having turned down Paris Saint Germain’s overtures in the past year, it remains to be seen how keen he is on a return to club football.

Another unemployed manager, Mauricio Pochettino, is also under consideration, though it’s unclear whether the Argentine, who was relieved of his duties at PSG over the summer, would consider the role after spending a significant period of time in charge of Chelsea’s rivals Tottenham.

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone is also in the running, but Potter appears to be the favourite for the role as it stands after Brighton’s acceptance of an approach.




Brighton “left no stone unturned” smacks Manchester United four times.


Manchester United’s dismal season hit a new low as Brighton condemned them to a 4-0 defeat that ended their hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four on Saturday.

United have endured a host of humiliations in one of their most embarrassing seasons for decades and this lacklustre loss was among the very worst.

Ralf Rangnick’s side were routed by goals from Moises Caicedo, Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard at the Amex Stadium.

After 5-0 and 4-0 defeats against arch rivals Liverpool, a 4-1 loss at Watford that saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked in November and an FA Cup at home to Championship side Middlesbrough, it seemed impossible for United to fall any further.




But they were so gutless and hopeless on the south-coast that even United’s travelling supporters turned on them.

Sixth placed United are certain to miss out on the Champions League for only the fifth time in 30 seasons.

With 58 points and only one game left, United’s fifth successive away defeat means they will finish with their lowest points total in the Premier League era.

It would be no surprise if Erik ten Hag, the Ajax boss who has agree to take charge of United from next season, was having second thoughts about his decision to accept the task of rebuilding a team languishing well behind the standards set by Liverpool and Manchester City.

The United fans massed at one end of the Amex Stadium set the tone for another toxic evening as they chanted for the club’s owners the Glazer family to sell up and held up banners reading ‘We want our club back’.

Not for the first time this season, United’s players failed to lift the gloom.

United rocked
Rangnick’s team were stunned in the 15th minute when Ecuador midfielder Caicedo scored his first goal in English football.

Alex Telles made a hash of his clearing header and Gross’s shot was blocked to the 20-year-old Caicedo, who smashed a 25-yard rocket into the bottom corner.

United had failed to muster a single shot on target in a terrible first half performance.


Fred and Edinson Cavani were sent on to replace Anthony Elanga and Nemanja Matic at the break, but United were unable to raise their game.

Just four minutes into the second half, Cucurella cried tears of joy after he joined Caicedo in scoring his first goal in English football.

United paid the price for awful defending as the Spanish defender was allowed to run onto a cutback and drive his shot into the roof of the net.

In disarray at the back, United were breached again in the 57th minute.

Cucurella fed Trossard and he had space to tee up Gross inside the area for a cool, flicked finish past David De Gea.

United had totally lost the plot and Brighton piled on the misery on the hour mark.

It was a farcical goal that summed up United’s decline.

Diogo Dalot tried to clear off the line from Danny Welbeck, but the ball hit Trossard and trickled into the net, with VAR awarding the goal after a check for handball.

Furious United fans taunted their players with chants of ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt and ‘we want Ten Hag’, to which Albion’s supporters responded by bellowing ‘we want 10’ in reference to their goal spree.

It could almost have been that bad, but Alexis Mac Allister hit the post and Welbeck curled wide as United surrendered without a fight




Brighton’s Graham Potter considered in Manchester United manager search

Brighton & Hove Albion boss Graham Potter has emerged as the latest managerial candidate being considered by Manchester United’s hierarchy, Noble Reporters Media understands.

United parted ways with former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, and looked into a deal for Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino, who is a long-term person of interest to the club, to succeed him.

The complicated nature of that move during the season saw them instead go for an interim boss, with Ralf Rangnick brought in by United’s football director John Murtough. As it stands, Rangnick is set to step into an advisory role at the end of the season – though the German himself has hinted in the past that he could stay in the dugout longer.

With new chief executive Richard Arnold now in place, United’s search for a next permanent manager has intensified once again in the last few weeks.

Rangnick, Noble Reporters Media understands, is not currently seen as one of the leading candidates – with Pochettino and Ajax boss Erik ten Hag still the main topics of conversation. Leicester City’s recent struggles have weakened the hand of Brendan Rodgers, who is among other names considered.

Arnold is ready to leave the manager search in the hands of Murtough and his team, but is wanting them to explore the best options.

Sources believe that Murtough, who has and will be using Rangnick’s advice during the search, does believe that Pochettino and Ten Hag are amongst the best options. But a name they believe could tick a lot of boxes for them is Brighton chief Potter.

Potter is seen as being one of the best managerial prospects in British football, and Murtough has already done his homework on the Seagulls boss – who joined them in 2019 from Swansea City.

The 46-year-old has been the subject of speculation in the past 12 months, and was strongly linked with the roles at the likes of Newcastle, Tottenham and Everton.

Potter insists he is happy at the AMEX and has ambitions to turn them into a consistent top ten side, but it would remain to be seen if he could shun any advances from United should they materialise.

Tottenham’s lack of creativity triggers Brighton defeat – Report


Despite this, they managed to keep Spurs at arm’s length throughout.

Tottenham recent poor run of Premier League form continued on Sunday night, as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat away at relegation threatened Brighton.

Since ‘kickstarting their title bid’ with a fine 2-0 victory over Manchester City back in November, Spurs have won just three of their subsequent 11 league games.

Throughout this period, a common theme has been a frightening lack of creativity and nowhere was this more evident than against the Seagulls this weekend.


Going into the game, Brighton were perched perilously close to the drop zone.

The sooner Kane returns, the better | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

After going ahead 17 minutes in, as a result of fine team move involving Alexis Mac Allister, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard, Graeme Potter’s charges retreated into a well organised 5-4-1 out of possession.

In doing this, they were essentially challenging the opponents to break them down, a task that was well beyond Tottenham’s capabilities on Sunday. Spurs registered just one shot in the entire first half – a scrappy effort pulled wide by Steven Bergwijn – despite dominating possession. It was turgid stuff.

Things were not much better after the break either. Although the second half saw Spurs rack up seven attempts on goal – the exact same as their 17th placed opponents – they never looked like converting.


Robert Sanchez, Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk, Ben White.

Brighton were good value for their victory but Spurs barely laid a glove on them | Pool/Getty Images

Saying that, when they are chasing a lead, Tottenham are often tragic to watch.


This trend continued against Brighton as they lacked coherence, consistency and any discernible plan or patterns of play. If Spurs had prepared in training for the unthinkable possibility of going behind in a game of football, it did not look like it.

Mourinho’s selection did not help their case either. The team was packed full of players lacking quality on the ball.

Lined up to 3-4-3, wing-backs Moussa Sissoko and Ben Davies contributed next to nothing in the attacking phase, while Matt Doherty watched on from the sidelines.


Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, for all of his destructive brilliance, was also ill-suited to the task at hand. What Spurs needed was someone capable of picking the Brighton lock.

Up front, Gareth Bale was given a run out despite his recent patchy form. It was another nothing display from the forward who is increasingly looking like a signing fuelled by doe-eyed nostalgia, rather than fiscal or footballing sense.

Tottenham slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Brighton | Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

That brings us to the third reason for Tottenham’s creative dirge – the absence of Harry Kane.

Just as Leicester’s reliance on another mercurial English striker was exposed earlier on Sunday, the devastating impact that Kane’s absence could have on Spurs over the next few weeks was laid bare against Brighton.


Much has been written about Kane’s development into one of country’s best creators this season, but perhaps the best endorsement of his ridiculous influence came in the form on his side’s stodgy display without him.

The England captain has been directly involved in 68% of Tottenham’s Premier League goals this season, more than any other player in the division, and it is becoming increasingly clear that his personal brilliance may have been papering over cracks in Spurs’ flawed approach earlier on in the season.



‘It took City’s solid defense’ to have defeated Brighton.


Their victory over Brighton was their seventh on the bounce, and their recent success has been built on their newfound solid defensive foundations.

A touch of class from Phil Foden coupled with Manchester City’s newfound defensive solidity proved to be the difference as Manchester City recorded a narrow 1-0 win over Brighton on Wednesday evening.

After two flawless, title-winning campaigns, Pep Guardiola’s side could hardly muster a Premier League title challenge last season, with Liverpool runaway champions – and the Citizens’ vulnerability at the back was a major contributing factor in their failure to defend their crown.

After a slightly unconvincing start to the 2020/21 campaign, City have come into a bit of form of late.


Ruben Dias – evidence to suggest that if you throw enough money at a problem it might actually go away eventually – and John Stones have forged a really nice central defensive partnership, the pair complimenting each other well. They’re assured, calm and composed – and you don’t get the fear that they’ve got a mistake in them…a concern that Stones has previously been guilty of.

The centre back pairing of Dias and Stones have kept 11 clean sheets in the 14 games they have started together. With City’s backline finally settled and sorted, they have been able to flourish going forward.


This wasn’t necessarily the case against Brighton. Having turned in sumptuous attacking performances against Chelsea and Manchester United at the beginning of January, City were slightly more subdued going forward on Wednesday evening.

This is in part a credit to Brighton, who were compact, dogged and frustrated Guardiola’s side for large periods of the game.

But this is where the class of Foden shone through.


The Manchester City youngster has not been used quite as lavishly in the Premier League as had been expected following the departure of David Silva in the summer.

However, Foden had been the beating heart of City’s recent victories over Chelsea and United, and he proved to be the match winner on Wednesday too.

The 20-year-old drifted past Joel Veltman and collected Kevin De Bruyne’s pass on the edge of the box, before getting the better of Adam Webster with a fabulous first touch.

Having singlehandedly created the space inside the area, Foden then found the bottom corner with a low, pin point effort.


It was a demonstration of Foden’s soaring importance at City, who would not have taken all three points against Brighton were it not for the England international’s moment of quality.

In this season’s most bizarre of title races, sitting four points off top spot with a game in hand, a consistent, solid defensive base and the watch-winning capabilities Foden is a pretty healthy position to be in.



Brighton confirms the signing of Adam Lallana


Brighton have confirmed the signing of former Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana on a three-year contract.

Lallana, 32, out of contract at Liverpool after joining in 2014 from Southampton, returns to the south coast having agreed a three-year contract with the Seagulls.

Brighton boss Graham Potter told the club’s official website: “Adam is a really exciting signing for us, someone I’m sure the supporters will be really looking forward to seeing play as and when things are able to begin to return to normal.

“To have both his experience and quality out on the pitch will be a great addition for us, and I know he will be an excellent role model for our younger players in the squad.”

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Final score: Brighton 0-5 Mancity


Game is over and the final score is Brighton 0-5 Man City. Here is the match report.

2019/2020 Premier League
Sterling (21′)
Jesus (44′)
Sterling (53′)
Bernardo (56′)
Sterling (81′)

Match Events

0′ Players are warming up before the game

0′ Players stand in slient tribute for Jack Charlton

3′ Eric Garcia makes an important clearance

17′ Mendy’s powerful shot inches wide

21′ GOAL! Brighton 0-1 Man City (Sterling)

33′ Jesus’s header flies into the stands


36′ Nearly! Jesus hits the Cross-Bar!


38′ CLOSE! Mahrez’s shot just wide out

44′ GOAL! Brighton 0-2 Man City (Jesus)

51′ POST! De Bruyne’s free-kick almost score

53′ GOAL! Brighton 0-3 Man City (Sterling)

56′ GOAL! Brighton 0-4 Man City (Bernardo)

63′ Triplet Subs! David Silva & Zinchenko & Foden in

72′ Last Change! Fernandinho & Stones replace Rodri & Eric Garcia

78′ CLOSE! Mahrez hits the side-nets

81′ GOAL! Brighton 0-5 Man City (Sterling)



Brighton XI: Webster, Gross, Propper, Mooy, Dunk, Ryan, Montoya, Trossard, Bernardo, Bissouma, Connolly

Subs: Button, Murray, Stephens, Duffy, Burn, Jahanbakhsh, Maupay, Mac Allister, T. Lamptey

Man City XI: Walker, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Mendy, Laporte, Ederson, Bernardo, Jesus, Rodri, Eric Garcia

Subs: Carson, David Silva, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Stones, Zinchenko, Foden, C. Palmer, Doyle.

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Brighton Vs Mancity starting Xi’s revealed


The line-ups of Brighton vs Man City have been announced.

Brighton XI: Webster, Gross, Propper, Mooy, Dunk, Ryan, Montoya, Trossard, Bernardo, Bissouma, Connolly

Subs: Button, Murray, Stephens, Duffy, Burn, Jahanbakhsh, Maupay, Mac Allister, T. Lamptey

Man City XI: Walker, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Mendy, Laporte, Ederson, Bernardo, Jesus, Rodri, Eric Garcia

Subs: Carson, David Silva, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Stones, Zinchenko, Foden, C. Palmer, Doyle.

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Final score : Brighton 1-3 Liverpool


Thanks to a fast start against Brighton, Liverpool recorded their first triumph away from Anfield since February 15 on the south coast.

Match Reports

Liverpool ended a five-game winless run on the road as Mohamed Salah scored twice in a 3-1 triumph over Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday.

Salah and Jordan Henderson were on target inside the opening eight minutes as the Premier League champions quickly seized control on the south coast, albeit they were helped out by their opponents.

While a first away victory since a 1-0 success at Norwich City on February 15 was made trickier by Leandro Trossard’s fine goal before break, Salah made sure of all three points when he headed in at a corner.


Match Events

6′ GOAL! Brighton 0-1 Liverpool (Salah)

Well, that didn’t take long! Brighton are caught trying to play out from the back and Ryan passes to Propper, only for the midfielder to be caught on the ball by Keita, who squares for Salah to curl emphatically into the bottom-left corner! It’s 1-0 to Liverpool!

8′ GOAL! Brighton 0-2 Liverpool (Henderson)

Brighton don’t learn from their mistake and try to play out from the back again. Keita wins the ball once more, this time in midfield, and finds Firmino, who gets it forward to Salah. The Egyptian rolls back to Henderson on the edge of the box and the Liverpool captain hits a looping shot that flies past Ryan and in!


31′ Firmino’s shot too weakly

Keita wins the ball in an advanced area once again and plays it forward to Salah. He switches the play to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who cuts inside but finds his route to goal blocked. Instead, he plays a clever reverse pass into Firmino in the centre of the area, but he can’t get a shot away and goes down, but nothing is given.

45′ GOAL! Brighton 1-2 Liverpool (Trossard)

It’s no less than the hosts deserve as they’ve been growing in this game. Lamptey bursts down the right and curls in a sumptuous cross that Trossard meets on the volley and fires emphatically past Alisson! It’s 2-1 now!

76′ GOAL! Brighton 1-3 Liverpool (Salah)

Robertson sends a corner in and Salah gets away from Lamptey to nod home at the near post! Potter will be disappointed to see his side concede in that manner. It’s 3-1 to Liverpool!



Brighton XI: Webster, Stephens, Gross, Propper, Burn, Dunk, Ryan, Trossard, Maupay, Mac Allister, T. Lamptey

Subs: Button, Murray, Duffy, Mooy, Montoya, Jahanbakhsh, Bernardo, Bissouma, Connolly

Liverpool XI: Wijnaldum, Henderson, Alisson, Firmino, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Naby Keita, Alexander-Arnold, Neco Williams

Subs: Milner, Adrian, Minamino, Mane, Origi, Fabinho, Robertson, Curtis Jones, Elliott.

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Brighton 0-3 Man Utd, Match Reports, Highlights and Starting Xi


Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes were on target as Manchester United stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight games.

Match Reports

Manchester United’s push for a top-four spot continued on Tuesday as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.

United wasted little time stamping their authority on the game as strikes from Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes put them two up before the half-hour mark.

Greenwood was the provider for Fernandes’ second after 50 minutes as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side made it eight games unbeaten in the Premier League.

Match Events

12′ CLOSE! Fernandes’ long shot hits the post

Solskjaer’s side work the ball neatly down the right-hand side before the ball is fed inside to Pogba. The Frenchman lifts his head up and slides a pass to his left for Fernandes, who strikes the post with a well-struck shot from distance.


16′ GOAL! Brighton 0-1 Man Utd (Greenwood)

Wan-Bissaka plays a clever ball inside for Greenwood who drives at the heart of the Brighton defence. The youngster knocks the ball onto his left foot, before striking through the legs of Dunk and into the bottom right corner from the centre of the area.

21′ Fernandes’ free kick over the bar

Fernandes steps up to take the set-piece, but sends his right-footed effort wide to the left of Ryan’s goal.

29′ GOAL! Brighton 0-2 Man Utd (Bruno Fernandes)

The visitors double their lead! A one-two between Shaw and Rashford results in a low cross being poorly dealt with by Brighton. The loose ball falls to Pogba on the edge of the box, who tees it up to Fernandes, before the Portuguese international curls an effort into the bottom right corner from the edge of the box.


50′ GOAL! Brighton 0-3 Man Utd (Bruno Fernandes)

The away side break with real pace down the left-hand side of the field. Greenwood gets the ball under control and clips a dangerous cross in towards the back post. Fernandes arrives and volleys the delivery beyond Ryan from the middle of the box.

69′ De Gea makes a decent save

Following the water break, Brighton come out looking to force the issue. Trossard plays a forward pass to Connelly, who gets the ball out of his feet and curls one towards goal. De Gea is quickly over to his left to tip the shot over the bar when it looked destined for the top corner.

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2-1: Tottenham revenge Chelsea’s win as they home trash Brighton.

Dele Alli got Tottenham back on track as the England midfielder capped a gritty escape act with the late winner in Thursday’s 2-1 victory against Brighton.

Jose Mourinho’s side were in danger of a second successive Premier League defeat when Adam Webster headed Brighton into a shock lead at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

But Harry Kane equalised after the interval and Alli finished off a flowing Tottenham move in the closing stages to erase the bitter taste of last weekend’s acrimonious London derby loss to Chelsea.

Avenging their defeat at Brighton in October, Tottenham, unbeaten in Boxing Day fixtures since 2003, have won three of their last four league games as they try to climb into the top four.

That Chelsea setback was completely overshadowed by the alleged racist abuse of Blues defender Antonio Rudiger by Tottenham fans after his role in Son Heung-min’s red card.

Amid widespread calls for stronger action to stamp out racism in football, Tottenham fans appeared to behave better this time.

Initially, there were worrying signs for Mourinho on the field however as Steven Alzate escaped Moussa Sissoko, making space for a low strike that drifted just wide.

Since Mourinho’s first game in charge of Tottenham, no Premier League team had conceded more goals than the 14 his side allowed across all competitions heading into this round of matches.

Those defensive frailties were on display when Alzate lost his marker and forced Paulo Gazzaniga into a sprawling save, while Aaron Mooy went close from the edge of the area.

Kane has a knack of scoring on Boxing Day and the Tottenham striker thought he had netted again when he fired home from Winks’ pass, but the goal went to a VAR review and was ruled out by the narrowest of offside decisions.

Clinical Kane
Brighton made the most of that let-off to take the lead in the 37th minute.

Pascal Gross swung over a free-kick and Webster rose above Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez to plant a powerful header past Gazzaniga for his third goal of the season.

Mourinho must have been furious that Tottenham wilted against such a simple set-piece and his team’s record of one clean-sheet in his nine matches suggests a defender could be high on his January shopping list.

Underlining the urgency to address that problem area, Brighton’s Bernardo forced Gazzaniga to save from a corner moments later to the audible frustration of the Tottenham crowd on a dank, wet day in north London.

Mourinho, standing rain-soaked on the touchline, revealed before the game that his Christmas was ruined by the death of his family’s pet Yorkshire Terrier.

But Kane put a smile back on his manager’s face in the 53rd minute when he seized on a deflection off Lucas Moura after the Brazilian’s determined run.

Drilling a shot that Mat Ryan could only push back out, Kane gobbled up the rebound with a clinical finish for his eighth goals in five Premier League games on Boxing Day.

Kane’s 16th club goal this season was not immediately a catalyst for a Tottenham surge and Gazzaniga had to be alert to keep out Gross’s fierce free-kick.

But Mourinho made a significant switch when he sent on Christian Eriksen for Harry Winks, who moments before was lucky to escape a red card for a foul when he had already been booked.

Eriksen made an immediate impact in the 72nd minute when he floated a delicate pass to Serge Aurier who flicked the ball into the path of Alli, who guided a superb lofted finish over Ryan.


Jose Mourinho stays at the training ground over night to prepare Tottenham for Burnley.

…After a defeat you cannot be sad

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says he slept at the club’s training ground to prepare for Saturday’s match against Burnley.

The Portuguese stayed at Hotspur Way in Enfield after his side were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United on his return to his former club.

Mourinho felt that the dressing room was a “sad” place following the loss.

“After a defeat you cannot be sad. You have to be more than that. You have to be raging, angry, not sad,” he said.

Mourinho reportedly slept at the training ground before he was appointed manager during his negotiations with Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy, reports the BBC.

The defeat at Old Trafford was Tottenham’s first under Mourinho.

His side host 12th-placed Burnley at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend.

“I didn’t go home, so the next morning at eight o’clock I was here doing what? Burnley,” Mourinho said.

“Analysing Burnley, trying to organise the training session, trying to organise the meeting, choosing the clips to show them the most clear possible way Burnley works.

“That’s the way you have to do it in football. Don’t accept in a passive way.”

Tottenham are eighth in the Premier League with five wins, five losses and five draws this season.

“It’s obvious we have problems but we have players with quality, a great human dressing room,” Mourinho added.

“I like the guys very much but we need to change that feeling of feeling sorry about our mistakes and feeling sad with our bad results.”



Virgil Van Dijk Strikes Celebrates His Goal As 10 Man Liverpool Trash Brighton.

A first-half brace from Virgil van Dijk lifted Liverpool 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League in a 2-1 win over Brighton that was filled with drama after the sending off of home goalkeeper Alisson.

The Brazilian was dismissed on 76 minutes as he raced out of his area to handle an attempted chip by Brighton substitute Leandro Trossard.

Spanish replacement Adrian came on but his first act was to pick the ball out of the net as Lewis Dunk rolled the free-kick past the Liverpool wall and an unprepared goalkeeper.

The loss in midweek of influential midfielder Fabinho had taken the gloss off a successful period for Jurgen Klopp’s side, with an ankle injury ruling the Brazilian out for six weeks.

But the mood around Anfield before kick-off was certainly lifted when news came through from the north-east that their rivals Manchester City had unexpectedly dropped two points at Newcastle.

It did not take long for that mood to improve still further as Liverpool set about their task of attempting to move 11 points clear of Pep Guardiola’s side, the defending champions and the team still seen as their greatest challengers.

It took 18 minutes for Klopp’s men to take a deserved lead after Pascal Gross fouled Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain outside the Brighton area.

Trent Alexander-Arnold floated in the perfect free-kick and van Dijk rose powerfully above Adam Webster to head in his second goal of the season and first since the opening day of the season.

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It did not take as long for van Dijk to wait for his third of the season — six minutes to be precise — as Brighton failed to learn from conceding the opener and allowed the same combination to double the lead.

This time it was from a left-wing corner as Alexander-Arnold delivered a perfect centre and the Dutch defender rose magnificently to beat Dunk and power a bullet header past a helpless Mat Ryan.

In between, van Dijk might have found the back of the net again, only this time his own, as he sliced a Davy Propper cross that flew inches wide of Liverpool’s far post.

But that was a rare moment of respite for Brighton, whose poor set-piece defending had left them facing a near-impossible task against a Liverpool side unbeaten in home league games since Crystal Palace beat them in April 2017, 951 days ago.

Ryan had already made three key saves to keep his side in contention, two from Roberto Firmino and another from Sadio Mane.

But, as the half progressed, there were moments of concern for a Liverpool side without a clean sheet in 11 games.

Jordan Henderson filled the absent Fabinho’s holding midfield position although he could not prevent the visitors from creating a couple of glorious openings late in the half as Propper was denied by Alisson and Dunk missed the target, unmarked, from 12 yards.

There were similar glimmers of hope for the visitors early in the second half, Dunk glancing a header wide and Aaron Connolly shooting straight at Alisson before Liverpool began to threaten on the counter-attack.

In the late drama that followed Alisson’s dismissal, Brighton pressed for an equaliser.

Adrian saved well from Aaron Mooy but almost fumbled a header from Gross into his own goal.