As it happened: Brighton 2-1 LFC

FA Cup 4th Round
Sunday 29 January 2023 - 1:30 pm
Amex Stadium
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17' Bajcetic
30'Elliott ⚽️
⚽️ Dunk39'
Webster off, Veltman on ↔️45'
59'↔️ Keïta off, Henderson on
59'↔️ Alexander-Arnold off, Milner on
59'↔️ Elliott off, Núñez on
62' Konaté
79'↔️ Alcantara off, Jones on
84'↔️ Bajcetic off, Fabinho on
86' Fabinho
Ferguson off, Undav on ↔️89'
⚽️ Mitoma90'
Lamptey off, van Hecke on ↔️90'
90' Robertson
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It's fair to say that Brighton away is not the tie we wanted.  Just a few weeks ago we witnessed arguably one of the worst performances of the Klopp era down at Brighton.

The reds lost 3-0 but to be completely honest, it could have been much worse.

Liverpool are likely to be without Fabio Carvalho and Nat Phillips from the matchday squad, but Darwin Nunez has enjoyed a full week of training so should be in contention for the starting XI.

Klopp has decisions in midfield.  Does he return to the Henderson/Fabinho/Thiago set up that performed so poorly at Brighton last time, or stick with the likes of Keita and Bajcetic who have helped the reds to two consecutive clean sheets.

Either way, the reds will be hoping for a much improved performance here on the south coast.

Here's how the game unfolded.

As it happened...

11:45 UK
Recent record

It's been a poor record against Brighton in recent fixtures.

Liverpool have just one of the last six meetings between the two sides.  There have been three draws and two defeats in those six games.

A change in form is required.

12:32 UK

Just one change.  Fabinho and Henderson seemingly still can't get back in the side.  Trent comes in at right back for James Milner.

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Gomez, Robertson, Bajcetic, Thiago, Keita, Elliott, Salah, Gakpo.

Subs: Kelleher, Fabinho, Milner, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Tsimikas, Nunez, Matip.

12:40 UK
Brighton team

Here's how the home side line up today - including a world cup winner no less in Alexis MacAllister.

Steele, Lamptey, Dunk, Webster, March, MacAllister, Groß, Welbeck, Mitoma, Estupiñán, Ferguson

Subs: Enciso, Sarmiento, Sanchez, Undav, Gilmour, van Hecke, Veltman, Moran, Hinshelwood


13:23 UK

Will be interesting to see if the reds stick with the 4-3-3 or perhaps play Elliott just behind the front two. 

Elliott speaking on ITV's coverage of this game: 'We want to put it right here and have a positive performance at least.'

'Results have improved - we won against Wolves and drew with Chelsea.  We all know what happened last game and this is an opportunity to go out and put it right.'

13:26 UK
Teams are out

Andy Robertson looks determined as he leads out the Liverpool team as today's captain.

13:30 UK

We are underway at the AMEX.  Come on Liverpool!

13:33 UK

3' Early corner for Brighton who have forced the reds back.

Goes deep and Alisson catches it.

13:34 UK

4' Brighton clear off the line from a Mo Salah shot.  It was his second attempt after Steele stopped the first effort.

Good Liverpool break from that corner.

13:40 UK

10' Mitoma has some speed - almost creates a chance for Brighton at the edge of the area but Liverpool succesfully repel that and push Brighton back into their own half.

13:43 UK

13' Liverpool's midfield much more involved this time than in the last game here.

Mitoma a threat on that left wing for Brighton - MacAllister often looking to him with any ball out of midfield.

Konate the latest to do well to stop him running through the middle.  Well defended.

13:46 UK

15' Trent on the line saves Liverpool.  All started with Salah with a poor pass and Solly March sends it across the area.  Trent important on the line to clear the ball.

13:48 UK
Yellow card

17' Stefan Bajcetic collects a yellow card. 

13:51 UK

21' Good football from Brighton, Mitoma goes past Gomez and his shot comes off Konate's boot - but Alisson saves.

13:55 UK
Big chance wasted

25' Wonderful ball through the Brighton defence from Elliott.  Salah is in a one on one but he passes that wide of the keeper and wide of the goal.

Should be 1-0 - that was not a good attempt at all.

14:01 UK

31' Elliott puts that chance away.  Fed by Salah and he drills that one in with his right foot.

14:10 UK

39' Ooh it's a well hit shot by Lamptey - fired with pace but it seems to take a deflection off Lewis Dunk.  Bit of a horrible one for Alisson and it deflects just past his arm.

14:13 UK
Big chance

41' Gakpo threads it through to Elliott.  Good first control but Lamptey gets back in and cuts it out before he can pull the trigger.

14:18 UK

HT: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

Liverpool much improved from their last appearance here.  Salah should have made it 1-0 but minutes later he fed Elliott who did convert to put the reds ahead.

A Tariq Lamptey shot deflected into the goal by Lewis Dunk means that it is level at the break.

14:33 UK

Back underway.  No changes for Liverpool.

For Brighton Adam Webster taken off - Joel Veltman on in his place.

14:38 UK

51' Lewis Dunk attempts a goal from a free kick and it wasn't far from the top corner.  Slow start to the second half.

14:43 UK

55' Mitoma does well there to accelerate past Trent - ball falls to the edge of the area and it's drilled over the bar from Brighton.

Good bit of play from the home team who are doing well this half.

14:45 UK

57' Nunez being readied to come on here.  Liverpool in need of a spark.  Henderson and Milner too.

14:47 UK
Triple LFC Sub

59' Trent replaced by Milner.  Keita replaced by Henderson.  Elliott replaced by Darwin Nunez.

14:48 UK

61' A sighting of danger from Mo Salah but Jason Steele manages to claw a hand at his cross from the touchline.

Salah convinced he was fouled in the area in the play straight after that.

14:50 UK
Yellow card

62' Mistimed tackle by Konate on Ferguson.  Gets a yellow card for his troubles.

14:50 UK

63' Cody Gakpo is powering away with it - Lewis Dunk drags his shirt back and that's a definite yellow card for the Brighton captain.

14:59 UK

71' Mitoma is free there and in acres of space.  Milner has no chance so Konate goes toward him.  He delivers a wonderful cross in but Alisson is there to prevent the goal.


15:07 UK

79' Thiago replaced by Curtis Jones.

15:08 UK

80' Chance for Brighton.  Gomez gets a leg on it but hands it straight to Ferguson.  He drills a shot but Konate gets down for an important block.

15:11 UK

84' Alexis MacAllister getting some treatment here.  A coming together with Konate and obviously the Argentinian comes off worse. 

15:12 UK

84' Fabinho replaces Bajcetic.

15:16 UK
Brighton sub

88' Ferguson replaced by Deniz Undav.  Fabinho raked him down the back of the leg there and got the yellow card.

15:18 UK
Yellow card

90' And now Robertson gets a yellow for a challenge on MacAllister.

15:20 UK

90+2' Surely that's the winner and it's a beauty from Karou Mitoma.  Cross comes into the back post.  Mitoma controls it and then puts it in.

15:26 UK

Liverpool are out of the FA Cup.

FT: Brighton 2-1 Liverpool

Mitoma's injury time goal is the decider.  Fabinho, Henderson, Jones and Milner all brought on but it didn't improve the reds.

The reds much better than the last time they were here but sadly not improved enough.  Brighton a good side and Mitoma is a great buy for them.

15:29 UK

15:47 UK
Andy Robertson

'We were slightly better than two weeks ago here but we're out of the cup.  So disappointing.  It was a proper cup tie both teams had chances.

'We need to start winning games.  It's easy to say but harder to fix and this is proving it.  The new year has not got off to a good start.  Now we're out of both cups.  Really disappointing.

'You can't put your finger on one thing.  We're not as confident in front of goal and defensively a wee bit open.

'We've let our fans down again and it isn't good enough.

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