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Anfield form becomes Liverpool’s Kryptonite as Brighton loss ends title hopes

It was the deadliest weapon of the champions, now Liverpool’s form at Anfield is fast becoming their Kryponite.

The Reds were simply unrecognisable as the Supermen who swept every team before them here in almost four imperious unbeaten years, their second Premier League defeat on home turf in just a fortnight administered by lowly Brighton.

It is hard to fathom what has gone so drastically wrong for Liverpool.

One defeat here, to Burnley, you can put down to bad luck, but two is pure carelessness. They seemed like impostors from the team which won twice in six magnificent days in London in their previous two matches.

But whatever the malaise, it surely signals the end of their title defence.

Alzate celebrates his goal to condemn Liverpool to back-to-back Anfield defeats

And Brighton could have had more, the unlikely figure of Dan Burn spurning two amazing chances.

They won though, thanks to a goal in the second half from Steven Alzate, the boy from Camden who plays for Colombia through his parents’ nationality.

He produced one of the biggest moments of his career so far, though he probably knew little about it as the ball looped up off him, perhaps even flicking up off Leandro Trossard to leave stand in Liverpool keeper Caoimhín Kelleher bemused.

Kelleher was forced into two more decent saves, but It was Brighton’s clean sheet that impressed the most, and their defensive resolve, with the three man central defence barely giving the home side a chance.

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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.

But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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The visitors had kept three consecutive clean sheets coming into this game – only the second time they’ve ever achieved that feat in the Premier League – and it was not hard to see why, each defender throwing everything on the line.

It sometimes makes for turgid football, especially with a lethargic Liverpool unable to muster the required energy to move through those regimented lines, their endeavours in London against Spurs and West Ham perhaps catching up with them.

Their best chance, for Mo Salah, came with their first attack.

Otherwise, Jurgen Klopp’s side moved the ball from side to side looking for gaps that simply didn’t materialise, their passing not swift enough, or imaginative enough in its execution to produce even a sniff of a chance.

It encouraged Brighton to be a little bolder in their movement forward, one fine chance before the break falling to Burn, all 6ft 7in of him, after some dazzling footwork from Neal Maupay, and a blocked shot, but he spooned over.

The visitors realised they could be more adventurous faced with such Reds indifference, and after the break they came out with a clearer gameplan to get their wing backs further up the pitch to try and get into the space behind the Liverpool full backs.

It worked like a dream on 56 minutes, when a good, deep ball from Solly March found left wing back Burn unmarked at the far post, and his header back saw Alzate, via a flick off the unfortunate Nat Phillips, loop the ball into the net… though Trossard claimed the final touch.

It was a goal that exposed Liverpool’s startling collapse this season, and their thoughts ahead of the weekend clash with Manchester City will be far from the title showdown it was once billed, and surely now on whether they can finish in the top four.




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