Ian Wright saw 'unbelievable' skill missing from Liverpool vs Brighton
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Ian Wright saw 'unbelievable' skill missing from Liverpool vs Brighton

Ian Wright says there was something ‘unbelievable’ missing from Liverpool against Brighton. They may struggle to get it back.

Liverpool put in arguably their worst performance under Jurgen Klopp on Saturday. They lost 3-0 at Brighton but it was the manner of the defeat that hurt here.

The hosts simply outplayed Liverpool. They controlled the game, didn’t give up many chances and were able to stick to their gameplan. It was a shock, in all honesty.

Ian Wright discussed the game on Match of the Day and explained at least one reason for the performance. Liverpool, he says, simply cannot press like they used to and it was clear as day against Brighton.

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“We’re talking about a Liverpool side that was unbelievable in terms of the pressing up front and the midfield backing up, then they’re winning the ball high,” said Wright. “When we look at how far they are off people, you feel like they’re not getting close enough. I feel like it’s very tough for them.

“Those seasons chasing [Manchester] City down, I think that has taken its toll.

“Especially still trying to play the high line when you aren’t getting midfielders close enough to other midfielders to stop them from playing that ball over the top or playing that ball through the lines. It just seems like it’s very easy to get through at the minute.”

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It’s abundantly clear watching Liverpool that they can’t press as they were. It’s not entirely down to the front players, either – there are consistently too many passing options beyond that first line of press.

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We’re not entirely sure how Jurgen Klopp fixes that this season, however. As Wright says, it seems to be an exhaustion issue and the majority of these players fall into that. Those that don’t are either brand-new signings or very young players like Harvey Elliott.

The longer this goes on, the more likely it is that Liverpool have to fix this in the summer. This season continues to look like a write-off.

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