Brighton Results

Brighton & Hove Albion Game Results for the 2016 – 2017 Season in the Championship

May-17
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ChampionshipAston Villa 1-1 Brighton & Hove AlbionSun 7 May
Apr-17
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ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Bristol CitySat 29 Apr
ChampionshipNorwich City 2-0 Brighton & Hove AlbionFri 21 Apr
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Wigan AthleticMon 17 Apr
ChampionshipWolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Brighton & Hove AlbionFri 14 Apr
ChampionshipQueens Park Rangers 1-2 Brighton & Hove AlbionFri 7 Apr
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 3-1 Birmingham CityTue 4 Apr
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Blackburn RoversSat 1 Apr
Mar-17
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ChampionshipLeeds United 2-0 Brighton & Hove AlbionSat 18 Mar
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Derby CountyFri 10 Mar
ChampionshipRotherham United 0-2 Brighton & Hove AlbionTue 7 Mar
ChampionshipNottingham Forest 3-0 Brighton & Hove AlbionSat 4 Mar
Feb-17
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ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Newcastle UnitedTue 28 Feb
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 3-0 ReadingSat 25 Feb
ChampionshipBarnsley 0-2 Brighton & Hove AlbionSat 18 Feb
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Ipswich TownTue 14 Feb
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 4-1 Burton AlbionSat 11 Feb
ChampionshipBrentford 3-3 Brighton & Hove AlbionSun 5 Feb
ChampionshipHuddersfield Town 3-1 Brighton & Hove AlbionThu 2 Feb
Jan-17
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FA Cup – Fourth RoundLincoln City 3-1 Brighton & Hove AlbionSat 28 Jan
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Cardiff CityTue 24 Jan
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Sheffield WednesdayFri 20 Jan
ChampionshipPreston North End 2-0 Brighton & Hove AlbionSat 14 Jan
FA Cup – Third RoundBrighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Milton Keynes DonsSat 7 Jan
ChampionshipFulham 1-2 Brighton & Hove AlbionMon 2 Jan
Dec-16
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ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Queens Park RangersTue 27 Dec
ChampionshipBirmingham City 1-2 Brighton & Hove AlbionSat 17 Dec
ChampionshipBlackburn Rovers 2-3 Brighton & Hove AlbionTue 13 Dec
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Leeds UnitedFri 9 Dec
ChampionshipCardiff City 0-0 Brighton & Hove AlbionSat 3 Dec
Nov-16
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ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 2-1 FulhamSat 26 Nov
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Aston VillaFri 18 Nov
ChampionshipBristol City 0-2 Brighton & Hove AlbionSat 5 Nov
Oct-16
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ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 5-0 Norwich CitySat 29 Oct
ChampionshipWigan Athletic 0-1 Brighton & Hove AlbionSat 22 Oct
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Wolverhampton WanderersTue 18 Oct
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 2-2 Preston North EndSat 15 Oct
ChampionshipSheffield Wednesday 1-2 Brighton & Hove AlbionSat 1 Oct
Sep-16
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ChampionshipIpswich Town 0-0 Brighton & Hove AlbionTue 27 Sep
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 2-0 BarnsleySat 24 Sep
EFL Cup – Third RoundBrighton & Hove Albion 1-2 ReadingTue 20 Sep
ChampionshipBurton Albion 0-1 Brighton & Hove AlbionSat 17 Sep
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Huddersfield TownTue 13 Sep
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 0-2 BrentfordSat 10 Sep
Aug-16
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ChampionshipNewcastle United 2-0 Brighton & Hove AlbionSat 27 Aug
EFL Cup – Second RoundOxford United 2-4 Brighton & Hove AlbionTue 23 Aug
ChampionshipReading 2-2 Brighton & Hove AlbionSat 20 Aug
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Rotherham UnitedTue 16 Aug
ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Nottingham ForestFri 12 Aug
EFL Cup – First RoundBrighton & Hove Albion 4-0 Colchester UnitedTue 9 Aug
ChampionshipDerby County 0-0 Brighton & Hove AlbionSat 6 Aug
May-16
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ChampionshipBrighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Sheffield WednesdayMon 16 May
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ChampionshipSheffield Wednesday 2-0 Brighton & Hove AlbionFri 13 May

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Brighton 1-1 Liverpool: Premier League – as it happened

Pascal Gross’s injury-time penalty - Brighton’s second of the match - earned the home side a point in another game dominated by VAR

Right, that’s it for today’s blog. Here’s Barney Ronay’s report from the Amex. Bye!

Related: Pascal Gross hits late penalty after VAR drama as Brighton deny Liverpool

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This is an excellent point from Gary Naylor

“A big shift that VAR has brought in is that there was always a sense that an ‘ordinary’ foul was not enough for a penalty - hence the ‘soft penalty’. There’s a related point that people feel that intent is required for a penalty - but not for a foul elsewhere on the field. Now any foul is being given as a penalty as BT Sport appear to be saying. This is not a rule change, but a cultural shift, an alteration in normative behaviour by officials. Shifts like this are always uncomfortable because it feels underhand or undemocratic, but they happen all the time - as those without power in any culture will attest.”

More from Jurgen Klopp

“When we had a talk between the managers a week ago, most wanted five subs. Since then nothing happened. Chris Wilder or whoever says constantly than I am selfish. I think all the things he said show that he’s selfish. Three subs hasn’t worked for them so far - they’ve got one point. For example, if we have five subs today I take off Robbo to protect him and bring on Kostas Tsimikas.

This is brilliant, if slightly weird, TV. Klopp and Des Kelly are having a lively row.

Jurgen Klopp is fuming with BT Sport’s Des Kelly

“The two offsides I didn’t see, but our analyst said they were [correct]. The penalty? Mmyeah, it’s how it is. I think the decisions were right. [But Jordan Henderson said some of the Brighton players agreed it wasn’t a penalty] Look, you’re trying to create a headline at my cost again – you always do. If I say now it wasn’t a penalty… Don’t look like this! You try, always. I said it was a penalty and you’re not happy with that. What do you want to hear? Give your answer to yourself.

Jurgen Klopp’s post-match interview should be imbued with a certain belligerence. He was in a bad mood for most of the game, never mind after the penalty.

“You were right, Rob,” says Patrick Crumlish. “This Liverpool team doesn’t do hard-fought 1-0 wins.”

The more I see that Brighton penalty, the less sure I am. I’m not having that it was a clear and obvious error.

Here’s Danny Welbeck “It was a soft penalty, but we’ll take it. In today’s game, with VAR... I touched the ball before him and he kicked me before he kicked the ball.”

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“This new sport of penaltyball is going places,” says Niall Mullen.

Liverpool go top of the league, though they won’t feel like celebrating after a frustrating afternoon at the Amex Stadium. It was another VAR special, with two Brighton penalties and two disallowed goals for Liverpool. There were the usual injuries too - Maupay, Lallana and Milner all had to go off.

90+7 min Jahanbakhsh almost nicks it for Brighton with a shot that hits Phillips and deflects wide.

90+4 min Klopp was sarcastically, and aggressively, clapping the assistant referee after the penalty was given. I love Klopp but he’s a bit out of order there.

Gross rams the penalty straight down the middle!

PENALTY GIVEN!

Andy Robertson is not impressed. Jurgen Klopp is laughing.

90+1 min Stuart Attwell is looking at the monitor!

90 min Welbeck nicked the ball away from Robertson, who kicked his foot a split-second later. I think it was probably a (very soft) foul, but I’m not so sure it’s a clear and obvious error.

90 min: VAR check for a Brighton penalty! This might be given.

90 min There will be five minutes of added time.

89 min “Rob, I partially agree with you,” says Patrick Crumlish. “Liverpool don’t do 1-0 wins, no, but they do hard-fought single-goal victories. Last season they made a habit of it. It was City couldn’t do. When City when last year, it was by 3 or 4 goals, but they couldn’t eke out the tight wins. Liverpool beat Leicester 2-1, West Ham 3-2, Brighton 2-1, Bournemouth 2-1 last year, and that’s off the top of my head.”

Yeah, I meant the specific scoreline. They’re one of the best teams I’ve ever seen at coming from behind to win by a single goal.

88 min Gross’s corner is chested (!) down by Firmino in his own six-yard box and booted clear by one of his team-mates.

87 min Welbeck gets behind Phillips on the left side of the area. Phillips recovers really well to concede a corner.

87 min One-nil is never a safe lead, but a Brighton equaliser would be firmly against the run of play.

85 min “I don’t support five substitutes in a match, but I do think that a substituted player should be allowed back if a manager so chooses,” says Gary Naylor. “That would allow players to be protected if they feel a twinge in the knowledge that, if the game changes, they can return.”

That’s veering too close to Big Bash territory for my liking.

Mane was offside. Next.

That wrongly awarded free-kick leads to the second goal. Robertson curled it into the middle, where Mane planted a fine downward header past Ryan.

82 min White makes an extremely good tackle on Jota - and is booked for it.

81 min: Great chance for Brighton! March broke down the left and hit a terrific cross towards the unmarked Jahanbakhsh at the near post. He missed the header completely, and the unsighted Robertson kneed the ball over his own bar. Jahanbakhsh should have scored; Robertson almost did.

80 min Brighton have offered very little going forward since Connolly went off. Jahanbakhsh makes a promising break down the right but his cross is tidied up at the near post by Phillips.

79 min This Liverpool side don’t really do hard-fought 1-0 wins, but that’s what they are heading for today.

78 min “Do you think the Premier League will bring in five subs this season?” says Ben Jackson. “Given the number of injuries it does seem to be a player welfare issue. I also think some managers are reserving one of their tactical subs so they’re not reduced to 10 men should a player go down with a hamstring injury in the last 20 minutes.”

I think they will, pretty soon probably, though really it’s a band aid for a bullet wound.

77 min Now Nat Phillips is down after landing awkwardly. Jurgen Klopp is agape as he watches on. It looks like Phillips will be okay to continue.

76 min If it stays like this, Liverpool will have kept consecutive clean sheets in the league for the first time since June. Who needs Virgil/Joe/Trent?

75 min “Imagine substituting Maradona to rest him,” says Gary Naylor. “I suspect that the director might train a camera on him and the ‘Apologies for any bad language’ graphic at hand.”

74 min March’s free-kick is comfortable saved by Alisson, falling to his right. In other news, Jones has gone to right-back.

74 min Milner is replaced by Curtis Jones. I’m not sure yet who will play at right-back because Brighton have a free-kick.

73 min Welbeck is also down after a clash of heads with Phillips.

72 min Now James Milner is down with what looks like a hamstring injury.

71 min Ah jeez, this is pretty sad: the substitute Adam Lallana, who was only on the field for eight minutes, has gone off injured. He’s run straight down the tunnel to be replaced by Ali Jahanbakhsh.

70 min Liverpool have the game under control at the moment. They’ve been much better in the second half.

68 min “Given you’ve broken your own no more Maradona rule, I feel entitled to return to the subject,” says Richard Hirst. “The two greatest national sides I’ve seen were the 1970 Brazil team and the Dutch team throughout the 1970s ( a new debate - the greatest team not to win the World Cup?): you can see Messi fitting seamlessly into those sides, Maradona not so much. Conclusion - if nothing else, Messi is more of a team player.”

I don’t agree with that. Liam Brady makes a good point about Maradona the team player in this fine tribute. Anyway, enough!

67 min “I think it’s totally wrong to equate Maradona as a ‘luxury’ player who could spray passes about but not a lot else,” says Mark Hooper. “He was utterly committed on the pitch, built like a brick wotsit (albeit a short, stout one) and would run himself into the ground.”

That’s true. I’m still not sure he’d love the concept of the high press, though.

66 min Connolly was also pretty aggrieved to be taken off, but Salah has taken it to a whole new level.

64 min Mo Salah is replaced by Sadio Mane. He is absolutely fuming about that.

63 min Adam Lallana comes on to replace Aaron Connolly, which is a bit of a surprise.

62 min Brighton appeal for a penalty after a handball from Fabinho. It probably would have been given but Trossard was offside.

Jota took that so well. Salah tucked the ball round the corner to find him on the edge of the area. He pushed the ball between Trossard and White and started to make an angled run into the area. Then he dummied Webster and Dunk by shaping to shoot. Finally, having made the space, he dragged a precise low shot back across Ryan and into the corner. Superb stuff.

Diogo Jota gives Liverpool the lead with another terrific goal!

59 min Sadio Mane is about to come on.

57 min It must be a while since Liverpool failed to score in consecutive matches (edit: it happened at Watford and Chelsea in February/March this year). They have 33 minutes to ensure that doesn’t happen.

54 min: Good effort from Welbeck! That was really nice play, at least the first part. Welbeck poked a bouncing ball away from Fabinho on the halfway line and ran into space down the right. He moved into the area, cut back inside Henderson and drove a low left-footed shot that was comfortably saved by Alisson. In hindsight he should probably have tried to find Connolly or Trossard at the far post.

53 min There’s definitely a greater urgency to Liverpool’s play. He’s best known for his baseball cap, but I suspect Jurgen Klopp also has a pretty powerful hairdryer.

52 min “It would have been fascinating to see Maradona play in the modern day,” says Chris. “Growing up in the 80s and 90 you had loads of players (Le Tiss, Hagi, Molby, Ginola, Carlton Palmer) that offered basically nothing to the team in terms of fitness or positional play but were first pick every week due to sheer talent.

“Modern teams (Bayern and Liverpool I’m looking at you) have no place for such players and are simultaneously more effective and all the poorer for it. I think Ronaldinho at Barca was the last player who excelled for a top team and fitted that mould. This brings us to Maradona because he was that good that he’d have to play for a top side. I do fear that modern coaches wouldn’t know what to do with him and there’s a risk he’d end up being a 1980s Ozil.”

50 min Wijnaldum slides a pass down the inside-left channel, whose cross-shot on the turn flashes across the face of goal. Liverpool look a bit livelier than they did for much of the first half.

48 min “As I lift the 2020 Guess the Job trophy I must hand it over to the nurses of the world,” says Mary Waltz. “The absolute heroes of the Covid epidemic and after Rashford has finished feeding the kids he should shift his focus to raising the wages of nurses. Underpaid life savers.”

Amen to that.

47 min March plays a penetrative pass to find Connolly on the left. His first touch isn’t great, however, and that allows Phillips to come across and clear.

47 min “I think the problem with VAR is simple - the definition of a ‘clear and obvious’ error is totally misunderstood in soccer,” says Madan Raja. “Cricket and NFL have the video assistant. But the on-field call has more weight. The goal is not to get to 100% in cricket and NFL. It is to avoid a blunder. In soccer, I think people are trying to design a perfect system.”

Yes, that’s an excellent point. Another difference, certainly with cricket, is the culture of entitlement and intolerance in football, which means every single decision is a DISGRACE one way or another. Anyway, that’s enough of VAR, at least until the next DISGRACEFUL decision.

46 min Peep peep! Brighton begin the second half.

Liverpool have made a half-time change: Jordan Henderson replaces Neco Williams, which means James Milner will go to right back.

“Much-needed halftime for Klopp & co,” says Rob Moore. “No rhythm or pace to their play. So many times the fullback has been building up speed with space ahead of them, and the pass has been to foot, forcing a stop and cut back, killing any momentum. Brighton have done very well to keep the front four quiet, as well as create a few excellent chances of their own, but the addition of Henderson & Mané could and should change things. ‘Delicately poised’ or something like that.”

Yes, it’s odd to see Liverpool play so sluggishly. I suspect Jurgen Klopp is impolitely advising against a repeat in the second half.

Guess the job! “I’m a psychiatric nurse at a state hospital,” says Yasin Ntume. “We are not allowed phones so our best bet are patient TVs in their dayroom lol.”

Three points to Mary Waltz (43 min).

“Hey Rob,” says Yash Gupta. “VAR is not good and it is flawed but please things like Umpire’s Call are just calling for A HELL LOT OF TROUBLE AND NEW LEVEL OF CYNIC IN FOOTBALL.”

Half-time entertainment

It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for: Mac Millings’ Diego Maradona Tribute XI!

“Guess the job,” says Stephen Carr. “Election auditor.”

Heh, very good.

“I’m a Liverpool fan so I have to declare an interest but the Salah goal was NOT offside,” says David Buckley. “If you look closely at the replay the ball had already left Firmino’s boot when the image was frozen. Half a frame it might be but the ball had been struck and was in motion. The technology is not quite there for these marginal decisions and the benefit of the doubt has to go to the attacking side.”

Yes, this split-frame issue is another problem with VAR. There’s a good argument for having the equivalent of ‘umpire’s call’ in cricket, which would have meant Salah’s goal being given.

Half-time reading

Related: Football was only part of it: Diego Maradona transcended sport | Uki Goñi

Peep peep! Brighton are holding Liverpool at the Amex Stadium, and the scoreline doesn’t flatter tham at all. Neal Maupay missed a penalty and Aaron Connolly has been a constant threat to Liverpool’s makeshift defence. Apart from an excellent first five minutes, Liverpool have been surprisingly sluggish. Mo Salah had a goal VARed for offside, but that was about it.

45+1 min Veltman is booked for a lunge at Firmino.

45 min “Hey Rob,” says Ross O’Connor. “Don’t you think the whole VAR business has gotten a bit ridiculous? The offside rule was devised to stop clumps of players goal-hanging in the opponent’s box, thus reducing the game to a series of lumped balls from one penalty area to the other. It was not designed to rule players offside by the width of a piece of paper. And I speak as someone who can’t stand Liverpool.”

I loathe almost everything about VAR, but I do understand the ‘offside is offside’ argument. I’m not sure there’s a satisfactory solution to any of it, because it won’t be put back in its box.

44 min There’s a break in play while Bissouma receives treatment, I think to his hip. He’s going to continue for now. He’s a really important player for Brighton so they won’t want to lose him.

43 min “Guess the job,” says Mary Waltz. “Graveyard shift at a hospital. I get Peacock on my package so I also do the 4am west coast wake up call. Retired. Afternoon naps are lovely.”

Afternoon naps are tremendous , especially when they’re on the Guardian’s dime .

42 min A shot on target! Dunk’s clearance only goes to Minamino 25 yards from goal. He controls the ball and flicks a shot with the outside of the boot that is comfortably saved by Ryan.

41 min Gary Naylor is not a fan of the high press.

“Okay lads, Mo Salah on Saturday - you know what to do.”

40 min Neither side has had a shot on target yet.

39 min “Like many other people, I guess, I’ve been dosing up on Maradona videos these last few days,” says Charles Antaki. “It’s tempting to mentally cut and paste those into what we’re seeing in front of us. It’s sort of works; a dribble from the halfway line, a push through a crowded box, a goal from an impossible angle… but everything else about it fails: the air of the Premier League 2020 is just too sterile for that kind of genius. Maybe all of football has been since the turn of the 21st century.”

It’s an interesting point. I’d love to have seen him on these perfect pitches and against defenders who weren’t allowed to butcher him from behind.

38 min A cross shot from Welbeck drifts across the face of goal. Brighton have had plenty of openings like that, more than you usually get against Liverpool.

Salah was just offside. Jurgen Klopp is telling the fourth official what he thinks of the decision.

35 min This is really tight. I think it might be disallowed.

Alisson drives a goalkick to Firmino on the right wing. He chests the ball down and volleys it over the defence to Salah, who runs through and bobbles the ball past Ryan with his right foot. That was devastatingly efficient from Liverpool - the ball didn’t bounce for 70 yards. It’s being checked for offside though.

Correction: Liverpool had been rubbish.

33 min Trossard curls a few yards wide from 20 yards after a good pass from Connolly. Alisson had it covered. Liverpool have been rubbish in the last 15-20 minutes.

33 min “It sucks that we can’t catch any early games here in the US on NBC anymore but I appreciate the Guardian for the work you guys do to bring us the games,” says Yasin Ntume. “As someone who works at night this is a great way to follow the game that I love so dearly. Time check 4:49am.”

Let’s play ‘guess the job’. Security guard?

32 min Liverpool have some good options on the bench, Mane and Henderson in particular. If it stays like this we’ll see both of them, perhaps as early as half-time.

30 min “In most instances technology is often a vast improvement on the fallibility of humans,” says Mary Waltz. “VAR is the exception that proves the rule. Bin it. Yes there will be howlers from the Mike Deans of the world, yes we will scream at the officials, but I would rather complain about a human rather than a machine that is just as fickle.”

It’s too late, it’s out of the box. Like something equally poisonous, social media, it needed to be stopped at source.

29 min Connolly’s pace and movement are causing Liverpool a lot of problems. He’s now playing down the middle in place of Maupay, with Trossard on the right. Jurgen Klopp looks pretty displeased with how his team are playing.

27 min “I’m biased as a Liverpool fan but it looked to me that Connolly put his leg closer to Nico Williams in order to gain the foul?” says Mike MacKenzie. “He may not have done that but I’ve seen it done. Very hard for a ref to determine if that occurred.”

Yeah, Connolly often does that, though I still think it was probably a foul. It certainly wasn’t a clear and obvious error.

26 min There’s a VAR check for handball against Robertson, who waved his hand in the air as Connolly lobbed the ball over him. It didn’t touch his hand and play continues.

25 min Leandro Trossard comes on to replace Maupay.

25 min Liverpool started really well but have been sluggish in the last 15 minutes or so.

24 min Veltman clips a good pass behind Phillips to find Connolly, who can’t control a difficult ball on the run.

23 min Maupay, who missed the penalty, is now going off with a hamstring injury. He’s walked straight down the tunnel, in a rare old funk.

22 min That penalty award shows the inconsistency of VAR. It was almost identical to a penalty that Connolly won against Manchester United after a foul by Paul Pogba, a decision that was then overturned by VAR.

20 min Oh my days. Maupay sent Alisson the wrong way but slid the ball this far wide of the right-hand post.

19 min: PENALTY TO BRIGHTON! A clumsy tackle by Neco Williams on Connolly has been penalised. Stuart Attwell took his time before giving the penalty, but I don’t think it will be overturned.

18 min Brighton are having a more even share of the game now. March’s inswinging corner is headed away at the near post by Milner.

16 min I thought Minamino was playing as a No10 but increasingly it looks like he’s the third central midfielder alongside Wijnaldum and Milner. You can never get complacent with tactics, that’s the beauty of them.

15 min Jota slips White neatly and is flattened. White is lucky not to be booked.

14 min “Hi Rob,” says Gary Naylor. “I read an excellent piece last night that got to the heart of El Diego’s ‘other’ World Cup (well, one of them). It sounds, as so much does this week, more myth than truth, but truth it is.”

Oh, Gary.

13 min Connolly almost gets in again, this time from Gross’s smart first-time pass. Alisson comes a long way from his area to clear.

11 min “Hi Rob,” says Duncan Edwards. “It’s a shame Tariq Lamptey isn’t playing today as he’d have given Andy Robertson something to think about other than getting forward and wreaking havoc. I can’t believe his red card wasn’t overturned as I don’t think he deserved that second yellow and the fad Grealish made a meal of it. Pah.”

I don’t think they can overturn red cards that are given for two yellows, a regulation that feels a bit outdated.

10 min: Connolly misses a great chance! Brighton almost scored with their first attack. Maupay turned on the halfway line and slid a lovely through pass to Connolly, who scooted between Phillips and Fabinho. He reached the edge of the area, opened his body and sidefooted the ball just wide of the far post.

9 min Possession so far: Brighton 22-78 Liverpool.

7 min Brighton’s front three have barely had a kick so far. Liverpool have started with impressive authority.

5 min “So what if Messi didn’t score in a World Cup knockout,” says Tom Andejri. “Give it a rest man. Who cares about the WC anyway?”

The world? Anyway, that’s enough of Maradona v Messi. I can’t be bothered, and there’s a game to watch.

3 min Liverpool have made an excellent start. Fabinho drives a pass over the defence to Salah, who makes a fine run inside Webster. He takes the ball down on his chest and smashes a half-volley just wide from 20 yards.

3 min I thought Mo Salah might start in the centre but he is playing from the right, with Firmino as a false nine and Minamino the No10.

2 min Firmino slides a nice pass inside White to release Jota in the inside-left channel. He tries to find the unmarked Salah at the far post but underhits the pass slightly, which allows Dunk to get back and concede a corner.

1 min Peep peep! Liverpool kick off from right to left.

“Can we all stop the Maradona hagiography now?” says Richard Hirst. “Not even the Argentinian GOAT, let alone the world’s. Unless of course it is true that Messi is from another planet and therefore ineligible.”

Messi has never scored a goal in the knockout stages of a World Cup. Anyway, let’s leave it, we’ll just bore each other.

It’s a beautiful November day in Brighton & Hove, sunny and clear. There will be a minute’s applause before the game to commemorate the greatest footballer we will ever see.

“Morning - sorry - afternoon Rob,” says Colin Young. “Why are LFC fans so fearful that Klopp ‘will be moving on’ when it’s not necessarily the case? True, there are those managers who like to make a point then move on (Mourinho being the most obvious space-hopper of the lot) but it’s not a nailed on certainty is it? Perhaps it’s all down to Arsene Wenger - who could have gone literally anywhere in the summer of 2004 but chose to stick around at Arsenal, winning diddly afterwards and watching as his career, and with it his reputation, slip away? It’s strange though... it now seems ‘obvious’ that managers will move on - even more so than players. Why is this?”

I suppose it’s because 99 per cent of them do move on. Post-Wenger, is there anybody in world football who has been at a club for over 10 years? I do think Klopp will buck the trend to some extent, though, and it won’t surprise me if he does a full decade at Anfield.

“Hi Rob,” says Kishalay Banerjee. “Based on Pep and Klopp’s statements over the years, it seems that they have plans for managing Spain and Germany at some point in the future. Given the intensity and detail-oriented nature of their management, I wonder how (or if) they would modify their approaches to suit the fact that they will have a much limited time with their international squads. It would be fascinating to watch how their approaches differ from their club tactics, and how it affects their head-to-head results.”

It’s a really good point. I’m not sure it would suit either of them, particularly Guardiola.

“Is that the weakest Liverpool bench you’ve seen for a while?” askys Neill Brown. “I know Mane is one of the best attackers in the world but the others are... trusted by Jurgen Klopp, so must be bloody good. But the bench still seems a bit thin for the best team in Europe. I don’t mind Brighton’s chances today.”

Henderson, Jones, Tsimikas, Mane... I’ve seen worse. I know what you mean, though - I fancy Brighton a bit more than I did before I saw the teams.

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“Morning Rob,” says David Horn. “As a Liverpool fan I’m forced to confront (and when I say ‘forced’ I mean ‘masochistically compelled’) the fact that one day Klopp will leave us. I like to imagine who, on that terrible day, might step into the breach, bringing something new while embracing something old. And, among others, Graham Potter springs to mind. He seems to me to have the right mix of idealism and pragmatism, innovation and tradition. Of course I also like to think we have a few more years of Klopp left. (Oh and Nuno is one of the others who my thoughts turn to, since you ask.)”

How long do you think Klopp will stay? I think he’ll want at least two more league titles, and ideally one more Champions League, before he does one.

“Hello Rob,” says Martin S. “Do we really think Spurs can mount a decent challenge this year? As that’s the fixture LFC fans will surely look closest at tomorrow. Or will Lampard have a shot? OR will it be a Mourinho flop?”

I think Liverpool will win by 10-15 points, but Spurs are capable of finishing above the rest and I certainly think they’ll finish in the top four. I hope they mount a challenge, though. There are few things I would enjoy more than Jose Mourinho winning the Premier League and turning his acceptance speech into a relentless eight-hour score-settler.

“As Larkin said, the dropping of Mane ‘brings the priest and the doctor, in their long coats, running across the fields’,” says Ian Copestake. “He was last left out for the Aston Villa debacle.”

If only they’d picked him; it might have been 7-4.

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Adam Lallana is only fit enough to be on the bench against his old club. Aaron Connolly replaces him, and Joel Veltman is in for the suspended Tariq Lamptey.

Liverpool have made six changes from the team that lost at home to Atalanta. Joel Matip is rested, which means a start for Nat Phillips alongside Fabinho, and Takumi Minamino starts in what looks like a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Hello and welcome to live, minute-by-minute coverage of Brighton v Liverpool at the Amex Stadium. Liverpool will go top of the Premier League if they avoid defeat. It might only be for 24 hours; it might be for the rest of the season. Although they have had a slightly odd start to this very odd season, there have been enough signs that Liverpool are still the best team in England by a fair distance.

Most of those signs have been at Anfield. Liverpool have won only one of their four away games in the league, though there were mitigating circumstances for the draws at Everton and Manchester City. It could be worse: Brighton have won only one league game at home all year. And they haven’t even drawn a game against Liverpool since 1991. Brighton are a decent, very likeable side but I’m not sure I fancy their chances today. If they do win, tomorrow’s front pages will be theirs.

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Pascal Gross hits late penalty after VAR drama as Brighton deny Liverpool

With 91 minutes on the clock Liverpool seemed to have done enough to return from the south coast with hinges creaking, parts falling off, but three points safely stowed away. An empty Amex Stadium on a sunny November lunchtime might seem one of football’s friendlier away dates. But Jürgen Klopp’s team were stretched to the limits in this 1-1 draw, and denied at the end by a penalty awarded by the VAR.

Was it a clear and obvious error? Is anything clear right now? Andy Robertson went to punt the ball away, but ended up kicking Danny Welbeck’s foot as he nipped in. In slow motion it looked like a foul. Then again, the game is played at full speed and there was little Robertson could do to avoid making contact in what is, after all, a contact sport.

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Brighton v Liverpool: match preview

I have a formal apology to make to Danny Welbeck and Adam Lallana after suggesting they might not be what Brighton need in attack to avoid relegation last week. The pair hooked up wonderfully with the latter providing the former with Brighton’s opener in their win against Aston Villa. Moving swiftly on, can they do it again against Liverpool? Well Lallana certainly knows Jürgen Klopp’s side well and will be hungry to show he was let go a touch too soon considering Liverpool’s mountain of injury problems. A big miss is Tariq Lamptey though and without the right wing-back’s industry Brighton may just fall short in stopping Klopp’s intimidating attack. It feels unlikely we will see back-to-back poor showings after defeat against Atalanta, too. Graham Searles

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Fernandes and Van de Beek can click, Chelsea v Spurs is a test of title credentials and West Brom upbeat for basement battle

Crystal Palace have never won a match in the top flight when they have played on a Friday but have a great opportunity to bring an end to that statistic at the 13th attempt against struggling Newcastle. The insipid performance against Chelsea last week in which Steve Bruce’s side mustered only one shot on target in a 2-0 home defeat did not go down well with supporters and they will be interested to see how Allan Saint-Maximin responds to criticism from Alan Shearer, who said the Frenchman “hasn’t broken a sweat” since signing his new six-year contract last month. Newcastle haven’t won at Selhurst Park since December 2013, when goals from Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa helped Alan Pardew’s side record a sixth victory in eight games and move up to sixth. In the week that Pardew – whose eight-year deal at Newcastle would have expired in June had he not left suddenly to join Palace in December 2015 – began his new role as technical director at CSKA Sofia, can Bruce end that barren run in south London? EA

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action

Tottenham can challenge for the title, Arsenal’s search for goals goes on and Timo Werner hits his stride for Chelsea

Perhaps we ought to ask the question differently. How are Tottenham going to mess this up? A tear in Harry Kane’s ankle? A dodgy lasagne? A global pandemic halting the league? Because in the heat of this moment, in which the world is upside down and anything can happen, the biggest reason why Spurs cannot win the title is that they are Spurs. Apart from the loss to Everton on the opening weekend, they have been better than everybody they have faced – and that has included both Manchester clubs, most recently City on Saturday. After an excellent transfer window, they are looking like a winning José Mourinho team. Mourinho refuses to admit it and he will only go game-by-game but, deep down, he knows it is there for the taking. Sunday’s visit to Chelsea is huge. David Hytner

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Danny Welbeck off the mark as Brighton are saved by VAR in win at Aston Villa

In this strangest of seasons Aston Villa are the Premier League’s most entertaining puzzle, while VAR remains the most contentious. Since thrashing Liverpool 7-2 at Villa Park in October, Dean Smith’s men have won away to Leicester and Arsenal but lost all three of their home matches, including this rollicking duel with a smart, tenacious and slightly lucky Brighton side who – and this is rare – proved to be more efficient than their opponents.

“We’ve played well in previous games and done a lot of good things but not got the rewards so these three points are very good for us,” said Graham Potter.

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Liverpool's Andy Robertson says VAR lacks 'consistency' after late penalty against Brighton
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Dean Hammond says Albion gave him his finest moment
Dean Hammond admits the best moment of his career came during his time at Albion.

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Aston Villa will hope to get into the top four with a win against Brighton in the Premier League. Here's the predicted Aston Villa lineup.

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Matchweek 7 of the Premier League produced some thrilling displays as the league table is starting to take shape.

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Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben White could be a target for Premier League champions Liverpool in the January transfer window. White is currently in his first year in the Premier League, but was a target for many clubs in the summer after impressing with Leeds in the Championship last season. As per journalist James Pearce, Liverpool will most likely sign someone in the January transfer window after the unfortunate injury to star defender Virgil van Dijk. He revealed that Ben White was a target for the Merseyside club in the summer and despite the 23-year-old signing a new contract

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Greenwood To Start: 4-3-3 Manchester United Predicted Lineup vs Brighton & Hove Albion
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Tariq Lamptey to be offered a new contract by Brighton – Why it is the right move by the club According to Burnley Express, Tariq Lamptey could be in line to receive a new contract from Brighton. His performances have caught the eyes of everyone and with interest in the player only growing by the […] More

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Celtic signing this 27-year-old Brighton outcast would be a really smart move to bolster their frontline

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  • Sat, 28 Nov 2020 14:56:35 +0000: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool: Premier League – as it happened - Brighton & Hove Albion | The Guardian

    Pascal Gross’s injury-time penalty - Brighton’s second of the match - earned the home side a point in another game dominated by VAR

    Right, that’s it for today’s blog. Here’s Barney Ronay’s report from the Amex. Bye!

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    This is an excellent point from Gary Naylor

    “A big shift that VAR has brought in is that there was always a sense that an ‘ordinary’ foul was not enough for a penalty - hence the ‘soft penalty’. There’s a related point that people feel that intent is required for a penalty - but not for a foul elsewhere on the field. Now any foul is being given as a penalty as BT Sport appear to be saying. This is not a rule change, but a cultural shift, an alteration in normative behaviour by officials. Shifts like this are always uncomfortable because it feels underhand or undemocratic, but they happen all the time - as those without power in any culture will attest.”

    More from Jurgen Klopp

    “When we had a talk between the managers a week ago, most wanted five subs. Since then nothing happened. Chris Wilder or whoever says constantly than I am selfish. I think all the things he said show that he’s selfish. Three subs hasn’t worked for them so far - they’ve got one point. For example, if we have five subs today I take off Robbo to protect him and bring on Kostas Tsimikas.

    This is brilliant, if slightly weird, TV. Klopp and Des Kelly are having a lively row.

    Jurgen Klopp is fuming with BT Sport’s Des Kelly

    “The two offsides I didn’t see, but our analyst said they were [correct]. The penalty? Mmyeah, it’s how it is. I think the decisions were right. [But Jordan Henderson said some of the Brighton players agreed it wasn’t a penalty] Look, you’re trying to create a headline at my cost again – you always do. If I say now it wasn’t a penalty… Don’t look like this! You try, always. I said it was a penalty and you’re not happy with that. What do you want to hear? Give your answer to yourself.

    Jurgen Klopp’s post-match interview should be imbued with a certain belligerence. He was in a bad mood for most of the game, never mind after the penalty.

    “You were right, Rob,” says Patrick Crumlish. “This Liverpool team doesn’t do hard-fought 1-0 wins.”

    The more I see that Brighton penalty, the less sure I am. I’m not having that it was a clear and obvious error.

    Here’s Danny Welbeck “It was a soft penalty, but we’ll take it. In today’s game, with VAR... I touched the ball before him and he kicked me before he kicked the ball.”

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    “This new sport of penaltyball is going places,” says Niall Mullen.

    Liverpool go top of the league, though they won’t feel like celebrating after a frustrating afternoon at the Amex Stadium. It was another VAR special, with two Brighton penalties and two disallowed goals for Liverpool. There were the usual injuries too - Maupay, Lallana and Milner all had to go off.

    90+7 min Jahanbakhsh almost nicks it for Brighton with a shot that hits Phillips and deflects wide.

    90+4 min Klopp was sarcastically, and aggressively, clapping the assistant referee after the penalty was given. I love Klopp but he’s a bit out of order there.

    Gross rams the penalty straight down the middle!

    PENALTY GIVEN!

    Andy Robertson is not impressed. Jurgen Klopp is laughing.

    90+1 min Stuart Attwell is looking at the monitor!

    90 min Welbeck nicked the ball away from Robertson, who kicked his foot a split-second later. I think it was probably a (very soft) foul, but I’m not so sure it’s a clear and obvious error.

    90 min: VAR check for a Brighton penalty! This might be given.

    90 min There will be five minutes of added time.

    89 min “Rob, I partially agree with you,” says Patrick Crumlish. “Liverpool don’t do 1-0 wins, no, but they do hard-fought single-goal victories. Last season they made a habit of it. It was City couldn’t do. When City when last year, it was by 3 or 4 goals, but they couldn’t eke out the tight wins. Liverpool beat Leicester 2-1, West Ham 3-2, Brighton 2-1, Bournemouth 2-1 last year, and that’s off the top of my head.”

    Yeah, I meant the specific scoreline. They’re one of the best teams I’ve ever seen at coming from behind to win by a single goal.

    88 min Gross’s corner is chested (!) down by Firmino in his own six-yard box and booted clear by one of his team-mates.

    87 min Welbeck gets behind Phillips on the left side of the area. Phillips recovers really well to concede a corner.

    87 min One-nil is never a safe lead, but a Brighton equaliser would be firmly against the run of play.

    85 min “I don’t support five substitutes in a match, but I do think that a substituted player should be allowed back if a manager so chooses,” says Gary Naylor. “That would allow players to be protected if they feel a twinge in the knowledge that, if the game changes, they can return.”

    That’s veering too close to Big Bash territory for my liking.

    Mane was offside. Next.

    That wrongly awarded free-kick leads to the second goal. Robertson curled it into the middle, where Mane planted a fine downward header past Ryan.

    82 min White makes an extremely good tackle on Jota - and is booked for it.

    81 min: Great chance for Brighton! March broke down the left and hit a terrific cross towards the unmarked Jahanbakhsh at the near post. He missed the header completely, and the unsighted Robertson kneed the ball over his own bar. Jahanbakhsh should have scored; Robertson almost did.

    80 min Brighton have offered very little going forward since Connolly went off. Jahanbakhsh makes a promising break down the right but his cross is tidied up at the near post by Phillips.

    79 min This Liverpool side don’t really do hard-fought 1-0 wins, but that’s what they are heading for today.

    78 min “Do you think the Premier League will bring in five subs this season?” says Ben Jackson. “Given the number of injuries it does seem to be a player welfare issue. I also think some managers are reserving one of their tactical subs so they’re not reduced to 10 men should a player go down with a hamstring injury in the last 20 minutes.”

    I think they will, pretty soon probably, though really it’s a band aid for a bullet wound.

    77 min Now Nat Phillips is down after landing awkwardly. Jurgen Klopp is agape as he watches on. It looks like Phillips will be okay to continue.

    76 min If it stays like this, Liverpool will have kept consecutive clean sheets in the league for the first time since June. Who needs Virgil/Joe/Trent?

    75 min “Imagine substituting Maradona to rest him,” says Gary Naylor. “I suspect that the director might train a camera on him and the ‘Apologies for any bad language’ graphic at hand.”

    74 min March’s free-kick is comfortable saved by Alisson, falling to his right. In other news, Jones has gone to right-back.

    74 min Milner is replaced by Curtis Jones. I’m not sure yet who will play at right-back because Brighton have a free-kick.

    73 min Welbeck is also down after a clash of heads with Phillips.

    72 min Now James Milner is down with what looks like a hamstring injury.

    71 min Ah jeez, this is pretty sad: the substitute Adam Lallana, who was only on the field for eight minutes, has gone off injured. He’s run straight down the tunnel to be replaced by Ali Jahanbakhsh.

    70 min Liverpool have the game under control at the moment. They’ve been much better in the second half.

    68 min “Given you’ve broken your own no more Maradona rule, I feel entitled to return to the subject,” says Richard Hirst. “The two greatest national sides I’ve seen were the 1970 Brazil team and the Dutch team throughout the 1970s ( a new debate - the greatest team not to win the World Cup?): you can see Messi fitting seamlessly into those sides, Maradona not so much. Conclusion - if nothing else, Messi is more of a team player.”

    I don’t agree with that. Liam Brady makes a good point about Maradona the team player in this fine tribute. Anyway, enough!

    67 min “I think it’s totally wrong to equate Maradona as a ‘luxury’ player who could spray passes about but not a lot else,” says Mark Hooper. “He was utterly committed on the pitch, built like a brick wotsit (albeit a short, stout one) and would run himself into the ground.”

    That’s true. I’m still not sure he’d love the concept of the high press, though.

    66 min Connolly was also pretty aggrieved to be taken off, but Salah has taken it to a whole new level.

    64 min Mo Salah is replaced by Sadio Mane. He is absolutely fuming about that.

    63 min Adam Lallana comes on to replace Aaron Connolly, which is a bit of a surprise.

    62 min Brighton appeal for a penalty after a handball from Fabinho. It probably would have been given but Trossard was offside.

    Jota took that so well. Salah tucked the ball round the corner to find him on the edge of the area. He pushed the ball between Trossard and White and started to make an angled run into the area. Then he dummied Webster and Dunk by shaping to shoot. Finally, having made the space, he dragged a precise low shot back across Ryan and into the corner. Superb stuff.

    Diogo Jota gives Liverpool the lead with another terrific goal!

    59 min Sadio Mane is about to come on.

    57 min It must be a while since Liverpool failed to score in consecutive matches (edit: it happened at Watford and Chelsea in February/March this year). They have 33 minutes to ensure that doesn’t happen.

    54 min: Good effort from Welbeck! That was really nice play, at least the first part. Welbeck poked a bouncing ball away from Fabinho on the halfway line and ran into space down the right. He moved into the area, cut back inside Henderson and drove a low left-footed shot that was comfortably saved by Alisson. In hindsight he should probably have tried to find Connolly or Trossard at the far post.

    53 min There’s definitely a greater urgency to Liverpool’s play. He’s best known for his baseball cap, but I suspect Jurgen Klopp also has a pretty powerful hairdryer.

    52 min “It would have been fascinating to see Maradona play in the modern day,” says Chris. “Growing up in the 80s and 90 you had loads of players (Le Tiss, Hagi, Molby, Ginola, Carlton Palmer) that offered basically nothing to the team in terms of fitness or positional play but were first pick every week due to sheer talent.

    “Modern teams (Bayern and Liverpool I’m looking at you) have no place for such players and are simultaneously more effective and all the poorer for it. I think Ronaldinho at Barca was the last player who excelled for a top team and fitted that mould. This brings us to Maradona because he was that good that he’d have to play for a top side. I do fear that modern coaches wouldn’t know what to do with him and there’s a risk he’d end up being a 1980s Ozil.”

    50 min Wijnaldum slides a pass down the inside-left channel, whose cross-shot on the turn flashes across the face of goal. Liverpool look a bit livelier than they did for much of the first half.

    48 min “As I lift the 2020 Guess the Job trophy I must hand it over to the nurses of the world,” says Mary Waltz. “The absolute heroes of the Covid epidemic and after Rashford has finished feeding the kids he should shift his focus to raising the wages of nurses. Underpaid life savers.”

    Amen to that.

    47 min March plays a penetrative pass to find Connolly on the left. His first touch isn’t great, however, and that allows Phillips to come across and clear.

    47 min “I think the problem with VAR is simple - the definition of a ‘clear and obvious’ error is totally misunderstood in soccer,” says Madan Raja. “Cricket and NFL have the video assistant. But the on-field call has more weight. The goal is not to get to 100% in cricket and NFL. It is to avoid a blunder. In soccer, I think people are trying to design a perfect system.”

    Yes, that’s an excellent point. Another difference, certainly with cricket, is the culture of entitlement and intolerance in football, which means every single decision is a DISGRACE one way or another. Anyway, that’s enough of VAR, at least until the next DISGRACEFUL decision.

    46 min Peep peep! Brighton begin the second half.

    Liverpool have made a half-time change: Jordan Henderson replaces Neco Williams, which means James Milner will go to right back.

    “Much-needed halftime for Klopp & co,” says Rob Moore. “No rhythm or pace to their play. So many times the fullback has been building up speed with space ahead of them, and the pass has been to foot, forcing a stop and cut back, killing any momentum. Brighton have done very well to keep the front four quiet, as well as create a few excellent chances of their own, but the addition of Henderson & Mané could and should change things. ‘Delicately poised’ or something like that.”

    Yes, it’s odd to see Liverpool play so sluggishly. I suspect Jurgen Klopp is impolitely advising against a repeat in the second half.

    Guess the job! “I’m a psychiatric nurse at a state hospital,” says Yasin Ntume. “We are not allowed phones so our best bet are patient TVs in their dayroom lol.”

    Three points to Mary Waltz (43 min).

    “Hey Rob,” says Yash Gupta. “VAR is not good and it is flawed but please things like Umpire’s Call are just calling for A HELL LOT OF TROUBLE AND NEW LEVEL OF CYNIC IN FOOTBALL.”

    Half-time entertainment

    It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for: Mac Millings’ Diego Maradona Tribute XI!

    “Guess the job,” says Stephen Carr. “Election auditor.”

    Heh, very good.

    “I’m a Liverpool fan so I have to declare an interest but the Salah goal was NOT offside,” says David Buckley. “If you look closely at the replay the ball had already left Firmino’s boot when the image was frozen. Half a frame it might be but the ball had been struck and was in motion. The technology is not quite there for these marginal decisions and the benefit of the doubt has to go to the attacking side.”

    Yes, this split-frame issue is another problem with VAR. There’s a good argument for having the equivalent of ‘umpire’s call’ in cricket, which would have meant Salah’s goal being given.

    Half-time reading

    Related: Football was only part of it: Diego Maradona transcended sport | Uki Goñi

    Peep peep! Brighton are holding Liverpool at the Amex Stadium, and the scoreline doesn’t flatter tham at all. Neal Maupay missed a penalty and Aaron Connolly has been a constant threat to Liverpool’s makeshift defence. Apart from an excellent first five minutes, Liverpool have been surprisingly sluggish. Mo Salah had a goal VARed for offside, but that was about it.

    45+1 min Veltman is booked for a lunge at Firmino.

    45 min “Hey Rob,” says Ross O’Connor. “Don’t you think the whole VAR business has gotten a bit ridiculous? The offside rule was devised to stop clumps of players goal-hanging in the opponent’s box, thus reducing the game to a series of lumped balls from one penalty area to the other. It was not designed to rule players offside by the width of a piece of paper. And I speak as someone who can’t stand Liverpool.”

    I loathe almost everything about VAR, but I do understand the ‘offside is offside’ argument. I’m not sure there’s a satisfactory solution to any of it, because it won’t be put back in its box.

    44 min There’s a break in play while Bissouma receives treatment, I think to his hip. He’s going to continue for now. He’s a really important player for Brighton so they won’t want to lose him.

    43 min “Guess the job,” says Mary Waltz. “Graveyard shift at a hospital. I get Peacock on my package so I also do the 4am west coast wake up call. Retired. Afternoon naps are lovely.”

    Afternoon naps are tremendous , especially when they’re on the Guardian’s dime .

    42 min A shot on target! Dunk’s clearance only goes to Minamino 25 yards from goal. He controls the ball and flicks a shot with the outside of the boot that is comfortably saved by Ryan.

    41 min Gary Naylor is not a fan of the high press.

    “Okay lads, Mo Salah on Saturday - you know what to do.”

    40 min Neither side has had a shot on target yet.

    39 min “Like many other people, I guess, I’ve been dosing up on Maradona videos these last few days,” says Charles Antaki. “It’s tempting to mentally cut and paste those into what we’re seeing in front of us. It’s sort of works; a dribble from the halfway line, a push through a crowded box, a goal from an impossible angle… but everything else about it fails: the air of the Premier League 2020 is just too sterile for that kind of genius. Maybe all of football has been since the turn of the 21st century.”

    It’s an interesting point. I’d love to have seen him on these perfect pitches and against defenders who weren’t allowed to butcher him from behind.

    38 min A cross shot from Welbeck drifts across the face of goal. Brighton have had plenty of openings like that, more than you usually get against Liverpool.

    Salah was just offside. Jurgen Klopp is telling the fourth official what he thinks of the decision.

    35 min This is really tight. I think it might be disallowed.

    Alisson drives a goalkick to Firmino on the right wing. He chests the ball down and volleys it over the defence to Salah, who runs through and bobbles the ball past Ryan with his right foot. That was devastatingly efficient from Liverpool - the ball didn’t bounce for 70 yards. It’s being checked for offside though.

    Correction: Liverpool had been rubbish.

    33 min Trossard curls a few yards wide from 20 yards after a good pass from Connolly. Alisson had it covered. Liverpool have been rubbish in the last 15-20 minutes.

    33 min “It sucks that we can’t catch any early games here in the US on NBC anymore but I appreciate the Guardian for the work you guys do to bring us the games,” says Yasin Ntume. “As someone who works at night this is a great way to follow the game that I love so dearly. Time check 4:49am.”

    Let’s play ‘guess the job’. Security guard?

    32 min Liverpool have some good options on the bench, Mane and Henderson in particular. If it stays like this we’ll see both of them, perhaps as early as half-time.

    30 min “In most instances technology is often a vast improvement on the fallibility of humans,” says Mary Waltz. “VAR is the exception that proves the rule. Bin it. Yes there will be howlers from the Mike Deans of the world, yes we will scream at the officials, but I would rather complain about a human rather than a machine that is just as fickle.”

    It’s too late, it’s out of the box. Like something equally poisonous, social media, it needed to be stopped at source.

    29 min Connolly’s pace and movement are causing Liverpool a lot of problems. He’s now playing down the middle in place of Maupay, with Trossard on the right. Jurgen Klopp looks pretty displeased with how his team are playing.

    27 min “I’m biased as a Liverpool fan but it looked to me that Connolly put his leg closer to Nico Williams in order to gain the foul?” says Mike MacKenzie. “He may not have done that but I’ve seen it done. Very hard for a ref to determine if that occurred.”

    Yeah, Connolly often does that, though I still think it was probably a foul. It certainly wasn’t a clear and obvious error.

    26 min There’s a VAR check for handball against Robertson, who waved his hand in the air as Connolly lobbed the ball over him. It didn’t touch his hand and play continues.

    25 min Leandro Trossard comes on to replace Maupay.

    25 min Liverpool started really well but have been sluggish in the last 15 minutes or so.

    24 min Veltman clips a good pass behind Phillips to find Connolly, who can’t control a difficult ball on the run.

    23 min Maupay, who missed the penalty, is now going off with a hamstring injury. He’s walked straight down the tunnel, in a rare old funk.

    22 min That penalty award shows the inconsistency of VAR. It was almost identical to a penalty that Connolly won against Manchester United after a foul by Paul Pogba, a decision that was then overturned by VAR.

    20 min Oh my days. Maupay sent Alisson the wrong way but slid the ball this far wide of the right-hand post.

    19 min: PENALTY TO BRIGHTON! A clumsy tackle by Neco Williams on Connolly has been penalised. Stuart Attwell took his time before giving the penalty, but I don’t think it will be overturned.

    18 min Brighton are having a more even share of the game now. March’s inswinging corner is headed away at the near post by Milner.

    16 min I thought Minamino was playing as a No10 but increasingly it looks like he’s the third central midfielder alongside Wijnaldum and Milner. You can never get complacent with tactics, that’s the beauty of them.

    15 min Jota slips White neatly and is flattened. White is lucky not to be booked.

    14 min “Hi Rob,” says Gary Naylor. “I read an excellent piece last night that got to the heart of El Diego’s ‘other’ World Cup (well, one of them). It sounds, as so much does this week, more myth than truth, but truth it is.”

    Oh, Gary.

    13 min Connolly almost gets in again, this time from Gross’s smart first-time pass. Alisson comes a long way from his area to clear.

    11 min “Hi Rob,” says Duncan Edwards. “It’s a shame Tariq Lamptey isn’t playing today as he’d have given Andy Robertson something to think about other than getting forward and wreaking havoc. I can’t believe his red card wasn’t overturned as I don’t think he deserved that second yellow and the fad Grealish made a meal of it. Pah.”

    I don’t think they can overturn red cards that are given for two yellows, a regulation that feels a bit outdated.

    10 min: Connolly misses a great chance! Brighton almost scored with their first attack. Maupay turned on the halfway line and slid a lovely through pass to Connolly, who scooted between Phillips and Fabinho. He reached the edge of the area, opened his body and sidefooted the ball just wide of the far post.

    9 min Possession so far: Brighton 22-78 Liverpool.

    7 min Brighton’s front three have barely had a kick so far. Liverpool have started with impressive authority.

    5 min “So what if Messi didn’t score in a World Cup knockout,” says Tom Andejri. “Give it a rest man. Who cares about the WC anyway?”

    The world? Anyway, that’s enough of Maradona v Messi. I can’t be bothered, and there’s a game to watch.

    3 min Liverpool have made an excellent start. Fabinho drives a pass over the defence to Salah, who makes a fine run inside Webster. He takes the ball down on his chest and smashes a half-volley just wide from 20 yards.

    3 min I thought Mo Salah might start in the centre but he is playing from the right, with Firmino as a false nine and Minamino the No10.

    2 min Firmino slides a nice pass inside White to release Jota in the inside-left channel. He tries to find the unmarked Salah at the far post but underhits the pass slightly, which allows Dunk to get back and concede a corner.

    1 min Peep peep! Liverpool kick off from right to left.

    “Can we all stop the Maradona hagiography now?” says Richard Hirst. “Not even the Argentinian GOAT, let alone the world’s. Unless of course it is true that Messi is from another planet and therefore ineligible.”

    Messi has never scored a goal in the knockout stages of a World Cup. Anyway, let’s leave it, we’ll just bore each other.

    It’s a beautiful November day in Brighton & Hove, sunny and clear. There will be a minute’s applause before the game to commemorate the greatest footballer we will ever see.

    “Morning - sorry - afternoon Rob,” says Colin Young. “Why are LFC fans so fearful that Klopp ‘will be moving on’ when it’s not necessarily the case? True, there are those managers who like to make a point then move on (Mourinho being the most obvious space-hopper of the lot) but it’s not a nailed on certainty is it? Perhaps it’s all down to Arsene Wenger - who could have gone literally anywhere in the summer of 2004 but chose to stick around at Arsenal, winning diddly afterwards and watching as his career, and with it his reputation, slip away? It’s strange though... it now seems ‘obvious’ that managers will move on - even more so than players. Why is this?”

    I suppose it’s because 99 per cent of them do move on. Post-Wenger, is there anybody in world football who has been at a club for over 10 years? I do think Klopp will buck the trend to some extent, though, and it won’t surprise me if he does a full decade at Anfield.

    “Hi Rob,” says Kishalay Banerjee. “Based on Pep and Klopp’s statements over the years, it seems that they have plans for managing Spain and Germany at some point in the future. Given the intensity and detail-oriented nature of their management, I wonder how (or if) they would modify their approaches to suit the fact that they will have a much limited time with their international squads. It would be fascinating to watch how their approaches differ from their club tactics, and how it affects their head-to-head results.”

    It’s a really good point. I’m not sure it would suit either of them, particularly Guardiola.

    “Is that the weakest Liverpool bench you’ve seen for a while?” askys Neill Brown. “I know Mane is one of the best attackers in the world but the others are... trusted by Jurgen Klopp, so must be bloody good. But the bench still seems a bit thin for the best team in Europe. I don’t mind Brighton’s chances today.”

    Henderson, Jones, Tsimikas, Mane... I’ve seen worse. I know what you mean, though - I fancy Brighton a bit more than I did before I saw the teams.

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    “Morning Rob,” says David Horn. “As a Liverpool fan I’m forced to confront (and when I say ‘forced’ I mean ‘masochistically compelled’) the fact that one day Klopp will leave us. I like to imagine who, on that terrible day, might step into the breach, bringing something new while embracing something old. And, among others, Graham Potter springs to mind. He seems to me to have the right mix of idealism and pragmatism, innovation and tradition. Of course I also like to think we have a few more years of Klopp left. (Oh and Nuno is one of the others who my thoughts turn to, since you ask.)”

    How long do you think Klopp will stay? I think he’ll want at least two more league titles, and ideally one more Champions League, before he does one.

    “Hello Rob,” says Martin S. “Do we really think Spurs can mount a decent challenge this year? As that’s the fixture LFC fans will surely look closest at tomorrow. Or will Lampard have a shot? OR will it be a Mourinho flop?”

    I think Liverpool will win by 10-15 points, but Spurs are capable of finishing above the rest and I certainly think they’ll finish in the top four. I hope they mount a challenge, though. There are few things I would enjoy more than Jose Mourinho winning the Premier League and turning his acceptance speech into a relentless eight-hour score-settler.

    “As Larkin said, the dropping of Mane ‘brings the priest and the doctor, in their long coats, running across the fields’,” says Ian Copestake. “He was last left out for the Aston Villa debacle.”

    If only they’d picked him; it might have been 7-4.

    Pre-match reading

    Related: Liverpool players cannot use fixture list as an excuse, says Jürgen Klopp

    Adam Lallana is only fit enough to be on the bench against his old club. Aaron Connolly replaces him, and Joel Veltman is in for the suspended Tariq Lamptey.

    Liverpool have made six changes from the team that lost at home to Atalanta. Joel Matip is rested, which means a start for Nat Phillips alongside Fabinho, and Takumi Minamino starts in what looks like a 4-2-3-1 formation.

    Hello and welcome to live, minute-by-minute coverage of Brighton v Liverpool at the Amex Stadium. Liverpool will go top of the Premier League if they avoid defeat. It might only be for 24 hours; it might be for the rest of the season. Although they have had a slightly odd start to this very odd season, there have been enough signs that Liverpool are still the best team in England by a fair distance.

    Most of those signs have been at Anfield. Liverpool have won only one of their four away games in the league, though there were mitigating circumstances for the draws at Everton and Manchester City. It could be worse: Brighton have won only one league game at home all year. And they haven’t even drawn a game against Liverpool since 1991. Brighton are a decent, very likeable side but I’m not sure I fancy their chances today. If they do win, tomorrow’s front pages will be theirs.

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  • Sat, 28 Nov 2020 14:52:28 +0000: Pascal Gross hits late penalty after VAR drama as Brighton deny Liverpool - Brighton & Hove Albion | The Guardian

    With 91 minutes on the clock Liverpool seemed to have done enough to return from the south coast with hinges creaking, parts falling off, but three points safely stowed away. An empty Amex Stadium on a sunny November lunchtime might seem one of football’s friendlier away dates. But Jürgen Klopp’s team were stretched to the limits in this 1-1 draw, and denied at the end by a penalty awarded by the VAR.

    Was it a clear and obvious error? Is anything clear right now? Andy Robertson went to punt the ball away, but ended up kicking Danny Welbeck’s foot as he nipped in. In slow motion it looked like a foul. Then again, the game is played at full speed and there was little Robertson could do to avoid making contact in what is, after all, a contact sport.

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  • Fri, 27 Nov 2020 13:14:20 +0000: Brighton v Liverpool: match preview - Brighton & Hove Albion | The Guardian

    I have a formal apology to make to Danny Welbeck and Adam Lallana after suggesting they might not be what Brighton need in attack to avoid relegation last week. The pair hooked up wonderfully with the latter providing the former with Brighton’s opener in their win against Aston Villa. Moving swiftly on, can they do it again against Liverpool? Well Lallana certainly knows Jürgen Klopp’s side well and will be hungry to show he was let go a touch too soon considering Liverpool’s mountain of injury problems. A big miss is Tariq Lamptey though and without the right wing-back’s industry Brighton may just fall short in stopping Klopp’s intimidating attack. It feels unlikely we will see back-to-back poor showings after defeat against Atalanta, too. Graham Searles

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  • Fri, 27 Nov 2020 00:01:11 +0000: Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend - Brighton & Hove Albion | The Guardian

    Fernandes and Van de Beek can click, Chelsea v Spurs is a test of title credentials and West Brom upbeat for basement battle

    Crystal Palace have never won a match in the top flight when they have played on a Friday but have a great opportunity to bring an end to that statistic at the 13th attempt against struggling Newcastle. The insipid performance against Chelsea last week in which Steve Bruce’s side mustered only one shot on target in a 2-0 home defeat did not go down well with supporters and they will be interested to see how Allan Saint-Maximin responds to criticism from Alan Shearer, who said the Frenchman “hasn’t broken a sweat” since signing his new six-year contract last month. Newcastle haven’t won at Selhurst Park since December 2013, when goals from Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa helped Alan Pardew’s side record a sixth victory in eight games and move up to sixth. In the week that Pardew – whose eight-year deal at Newcastle would have expired in June had he not left suddenly to join Palace in December 2015 – began his new role as technical director at CSKA Sofia, can Bruce end that barren run in south London? EA

    Related: Newcastle's plans for Crystal Palace hit by three positive coronavirus tests

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  • Mon, 23 Nov 2020 08:26:25 +0000: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action - Brighton & Hove Albion | The Guardian

    Tottenham can challenge for the title, Arsenal’s search for goals goes on and Timo Werner hits his stride for Chelsea

    Perhaps we ought to ask the question differently. How are Tottenham going to mess this up? A tear in Harry Kane’s ankle? A dodgy lasagne? A global pandemic halting the league? Because in the heat of this moment, in which the world is upside down and anything can happen, the biggest reason why Spurs cannot win the title is that they are Spurs. Apart from the loss to Everton on the opening weekend, they have been better than everybody they have faced – and that has included both Manchester clubs, most recently City on Saturday. After an excellent transfer window, they are looking like a winning José Mourinho team. Mourinho refuses to admit it and he will only go game-by-game but, deep down, he knows it is there for the taking. Sunday’s visit to Chelsea is huge. David Hytner

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    Jonathan Liew: Arteta’s Arsenal still searching for identity

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Brighton & Hove Albion

General Description:

Brighton & Hove Albion was established and founded in 1901.

The Football Club Manager is: Chris Hughton

The Official Website is: http://www.seagulls.co.uk

The Club Address is as follows:
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Goal Scorers for 2016 – 2017

17Glenn MURRAYStriker23230
11Anthony KNOCKAERTMidfielder15150
10Tomer HEMEDStriker14113
9Sam BALDOCKStriker12111
15Jamie MURPHYStriker422
20Solly MARCHStriker330
5Lewis DUNKDefender220
6Dale STEPHENSMidfielder220
22Shane DUFFYDefender220
7Beram KAYALMidfielder101
4Uwe HUENEMEIERDefender110
29Richie TOWELLDefender101
14Steve SIDWELLMidfielder110
12Sebastien POCOGNOLIDefender110