Liverpool backed up a 3-0 win at Stoke City with a 5-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.
Liverpool were a bit patched up due to illness and injuries but they coped well, playing an unfamiliar system with Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum as part of a back three.
At times, the game was actually more competitive than the scoreline suggests but Liverpool are simply devastating in attack and that was just too much for the home side to handle.
Here’s how I rated the Reds:
Simon Mignolet – 6
Made a very good save from Murray at 2-0 and Liverpool went up the other end to score. His kicking was pretty poor all game though.
Emre Can – 8
Played as part of the back three and was excellent. Defended well and was a calming influence when the ball was at his feet. Opened the scoring with a very good header too. Looked to pick up a slight injury but stayed on, so hopefully it’s not too bad.
Dejan Lovren – 8
Defended really well as he marshalled a makeshift back three.
Gini Wijnaldum – 6
Played in an unfamiliar role as part of a back three and whilst he did look a bit lost at times, he did a pretty good job all told.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6
Helped prevent what looked a certain goal at 3-1 and was solid all game. Put in some excellent crosses that lead to goals on another day.
Jordan Henderson – 6
Solid if not spectacular. Used the ball well at times, keeping things pretty simple. Gave away the penalty for a push and by the letter of the law it was a foul, but those are very rarely given.
James Milner – 6
Hardly noticed him in truth. Just did his job solidly enough.
Andy Robertson – 6
Full of running and showed good bursts of pace when pressing. Defended well and was ever willing to support the attack.
Philippe Coutinho – 10
Man of the Match. Put in a good corner for the opening goal and his assist for the second was pin-point accurate. Looked like he had the ball stuck to his feet at times as he ghosted past players for fun. So clever to hit his free-kick under the wall to make it 4-1. Forced the own goal with a great run to make it five. When he plays like that, he’s unstoppable for the lesser teams in the division.
Mohamed Salah – 8
Almost a surprise that he didn’t get a goal but he did get an assist and showed his class with some excellent touches and some devastating counter attacking.
Roberto Firmino – 9
Two more goals for Firmino as he got the final touch on two really good counter attacks, proper centre-forward goals. His industry and pressing were as good as ever too.