It was a hard watch in truth, as Liverpool fell victim to another array of controversial VAR decisions during the 1-1 draw with Brighton.
Despite the disappointing result, there were still a lot of positives to take from the encounter. Here is a look at our pick of the best three players on the day…
Diogo Jota has quickly established himself as Liverpool’s main talisman and has slowly but surely become one of the first names on Jurgen Klopp’s team-sheet.
It is easy to see why. His latest goalscoring exploit was his ninth goal of the season – his eighth in his previous nine matches.
Jota’s latest solo effort in his rapidly growing collection of Liverpool goals was a special one. Having picked up the ball on the edge of the area, the Portugal international bamboozled two Brighton defenders with a fake-shot before firing past Matthew Ryan just after the hour mark.
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Once again, he was Liverpool’s main goalscoring threat and his willingness to press off the ball coupled by his ruthless finishing in front of goal have made the former Atletico Madrid star arguably the signing of the summer.
Jota’s ability to play anywhere across Klopp’s front-line makes him one of the most versatile players at Anfield which only increases his value to the team.
Not enough gets said in regards to just how important Georgino Wijnaldum has been for Liverpool this season.
The Dutchman played in a deeper role alongside James Milner, with Jordan Henderson only able to make the bench.
He was effective in both dictating the play in midfield and consistently hounding the ball back for his team.
His off-the-ball qualities are up there with the best in the game while his unwavering work ethic makes him one of the most valuable players in Klopp’s armoury.
While he doesn’t always impress from a statistical outlook, the fact only Andy Robertson has clocked up more Premier League minutes than Wijnaldum showcases just how important he is to his manager.
Last weekend’s victory against Leicester was his 200th appearence for the club. Remarkably, it was also the 133rd time he had been on the winning side – the best winning ratio of any player to reach the 200-game mark in Liverpool’s history.
Was clearly asked to play in a sweeper role given the inexperience of Liverpool’s back-line.
The Brazilian was called into action several times to thwart out danger and was consistently alert to get his team out of trouble.
His hulking pressence in-between the sticks cannot be overstated and the powering effect he has on opponents shouldn’t be overlooked either.
It isn’t a coincidence that the three most recent penalties in the Premier League that have failed to hit the target have occurred when the man to beat was Liverpool’s irreplaceable No.1.
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