Brighton trash Liverpool 3-0, March scores brace

Solly March
Solly March

Brighton march on, Liverpool are in freefall.

Solly March scored twice early in the second half as Roberto De Zerbi’s super Seagulls put the Reds to the sword.

And substitute Danny Welbeck completed the rout with a Paul Gascoigne-style third.

Brighton leapfrogged Jurgen Klopp’s side in the Premier League table with this totally deserved win and look a much better bet for European football than the club that was in the Champions League final only last May.

De Zerbi’s side were superb from the start, continuing their exciting development under their new boss since Graham Potter left for Chelsea.

The Seagulls have now comprehensively beaten the Blues and now the Reds, the last two English sides to be crowned champions of Europe.

Alexis Mac Allister received a special tribute and warm welcome on his first appearance at the Amex since his World Cup win with Argentina.

But wantaway forward Leandro Trossard remained out in the cold. The Belgian was “given the weekend off” after his falling out with boss Roberto De Zerbi despite scoring a hat-trick in the 3-3 draw at Anfield in October that was the Italian’s first game in charge.

Brighton didn’t miss him at all, doing everything but score in the first half as they dominated a wretched Liverpool side.

They played through or behind Jurgen Klopp’s team almost at will.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold cleared off the line from March early on and opportunity after opportunity went begging as he and Mitoma tore the Reds apart down the flanks.

Liverpool’s frustration showed when captain Jordan Henderson was booked for clearing out Moises Caicedo. Their only chance was a Mo Salah shot easily saved by Robert Sanchez.

The Seagulls were awarded a penalty for a foul by Alisson towards the end of the half only for March to be correctly ruled offside from Adam Lallana’s pass.

But within a minute of the restart, Mitoma crossed for March to break the deadlock after a Joel Matip error.

Soon afterwards, it was two. Without a challenge in sight, Caicedo worked the ball to Evan Ferguson and the teenaged striker played in March.

The finish, a fine left-footed shot across Alisson, was what the move deserved.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was perhaps caught out by Alexander-Arnold mishitting a cross, but there was really no excuse for his weak header when it looked easier to score.

Klopp made four changes with a quarter of the game to go. Henderson, Matip, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabinho, who had all been poor, were hooked.

But it made little difference.

Sanchez made a sprawling save from Salah with just over 10 minutes left, but that was it for the Liverpool “fightback”.

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And then Welbeck produced the coup de grace.

March flicked on a throw in, the Brighton striker ran past Ibrahima Konate, flicked the ball over Joe Gomez, and volleyed it past Alisson.

The former Arsenal man looked liked ex-Tottenham star Gazza at Euro 96.

Justice was well and truly done.

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