Liverpool beat Brighton at Anfield today to send themselves 11 points clear at the top of the table. Two first half headers from Virgil van Dijk put the hosts ahead before Brighton equalised controversially in the second half following an Alisson Becker red card.

Three things we learned as Liverpool beat Brighton at Anfield.

Three things we learned as Liverpool beat Brighton at Anfield. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Virgil van Dijk is still the best around

The Dutchman is the favourite for the Ballon d’Or award this year. He showed why against Brighton, nodding in two first half goals and performing to his impassable defensive best. There is no sensible argument for this man not being awarded the Ballon d’Or – he has dominated every game he has played in in the last year.

Trent Alexander-Arnold changes everything

We were impotent in possession against Napoli. The Reds rely heavily on their delivery from wide areas and in particular, the creativity of Trent Alexander-Arnold. Today saw the Scouser bag two first half assists thanks to his inch perfect crossing.

In the second half he demonstrated his unrivaled passing ability, curling delightful balls ahead of the strikers. The width he provides is invaluable to how we attack, his switch of play is a sure fire way to unsettle a defence. There is no greater full back in the world.

 

The defence was settled for a moment

The Reds had gone 11 games in all competitions without a clean sheet but today was a strong display from the rearguard. We have struggled with injuries at the back this season, causing us to chop and change our goalkeeper and centre halves. However, the settled back five looked strong throughout the game…until the red card.

Golden Glove holder Alisson Becker would have been delighted to have kept his first clean sheet of the season, he pulled off some smart saves when he was tested. However, his dismissal towards the end of the game thrust Adrian in goal; Brighton equalised immediately and controversially.

Keeping the opposition out will prove crucial in the title race.

 

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