#Liverpool 2-1 #Brighton:hot Van Dijk brace seals Reds home win but Alisson sent off
Two goals from Virgil van Dijk enabled Premier League leaders Liverpool to beat Brighton but Alisson’s late red card made life difficult.
2019/2020 Premier League :-2 – 1
Van Dijk (18′)
Van Dijk (24′)
Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool survived a nervy finish, following the 76th-minute dismissal of Alisson, to equal their longest unbeaten run in the top flight and capitalise on another Manchester City slip-up with a 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
City’s 2-2 draw at Newcastle United earlier on Saturday gave Jurgen Klopp’s men the chance to extend their healthy lead over last season’s champions to 11 points, a task they looked set to complete with ease after Virgil van Dijk scored twice inside 24 minutes at Anfield.
Brighton were given an unexpected lifeline when Alisson was sent off for handling outside his box – meaning he will miss Wednesday’s Merseyside derby – and Lewis Dunk caught out replacement goalkeeper Adrian with a quick free-kick.
The Seagulls could not find a late equaliser, though, and while Leicester City can cut Liverpool’s advantage at the summit to eight points by beating Everton on Sunday, there looks to be no stopping a team who have now gone 31 league games unbeaten, matching their record streak from May 1987 to March 1988.
NICE TRY! Salah’s shot hits the net
Salah takes a lovely ball from Henderson down on the right, plays a neat one-two with Firmino and tries to clip it inside the near post, but it’s into the side-netting!
GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Brighton (Van Dijk)
Alexander-Arnold whips a free-kick into the box and Webster is caught under it, allowing Van Dijk a free header, which he loops into the net!
24′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Brighton (Van Dijk)
More poor marking – this time from Dunk – as Alexander-Arnold’s corner delivery finds the centre-back, who powers home his second headed goal of the game!
CHANCE! Oxlade-Chamberlain’s shot saved
Mane does superbly to carry the ball all the way up the line from his own half and find Firmino. The Brazilian feeds Salah, who lays off for Oxlade-Chamberlain, but his left-footed effort is easily held by Ryan!
Red Card! Alisson sent off
Alisson charges out of his box to deal with a long ball over the top by Webster and palms Trossard’s dinked shot away! He’s off!
GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Brighton (Dunk)
Dunk drills a low cross into the bottom left corner with Adrian rooted to the spot! Liverpool players appeal, but the goal stands
Liverpool 2-1 Brighton:hot Van Dijk brace seals Reds home win but Alisson sent off