Bright & Hove Albion vs. Liverpool Match Report-2017

Roberto Firmino goal in the 31 &48 minute helped his team ease past Brighton and Hove Albion to a 5-1 win at The American Express Community Stadium.

The Reds looked to be out of sight when they netted twice in two first half minutes and then extended their lead further after the break, but Glenn Murray pulled a goal back to threaten a fightback.

Jurgen Klopp’s men turned on the style in the closing stages.

Brighton and Hove Albion have made the Amex Stadium somewhat a fortress this season, previously losing only to Manchester City, but they could not deny Liverpool a victory that was set in motion by Emre Can’s 30th minute opener.

Firmino’s first swiftly followed as Brighton struggled to cope with the speed of the visiting attack, with Klopp’s side then adding a third through the Brazilian forward again after the restart.

There was a second strike in quick succession, but this time it was Brighton’s Murray netting from the penalty spot having twice earlier squandered big chances.

Murray could have scored again too but Liverpool’s superb two late goals, both inspired by Philippe Coutinho, as the Reds moved above Arsenal into the top four.

Coutinho and Mohamed Salah were among six changes made by visiting boss Klopp from the midweek defeat of Stoke City, including Can and Georginio Wijnaldum in a makeshift three-man defence largely due to Joel Matip’s absence.

The game in the second half set off at a frantic pace, with Simon Mignolet brilliantly denying Murray from close range before Firmino’s second followed at the other end.

It was another blistering Liverpool counter as Salah teed up Firmino for a simple finish, but the three-goal margin lasted only three minutes.

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