Arsenal stays 10th with 19 points, below Sheffield United and above Newcastle United on goal difference. Brighton rises to 13th with 18 points.
The nine-game run is Arsenal’s worst since 1977.
Three things we learned
1. Freddie not the fix: There’s been no new manager bounce for Arsenal, and perhaps that’s as big of an indictment on player recruitment than anything else. Who knows if Freddie Ljungberg is a future genius manager, but the Gunners had little to offer in being outshot for most of the match.
2. Leno would be Best XI on a good team: Arsenal’s goalkeeper is one of the good ones, and the 27-year-old goalkeeper was credited with seven saves at home. Who knows where the Gunners would sit on the table if Leno wasn’t leading the league in saves? I mean, look at the clubs represented around him on the board. This is a bad, bad, bad defense.
3. Potter’s men continue to impress: The Seagulls continue on an upward trend, and were the better team on the day inside the home of one of the biggest teams in the league. Their big backs dealt well enough with Arsenal’s talented attack, with midfielder Aaron Mooy the star of their match even before he assisted Maupay’s go-ahead goal.
Man of the Match: It would’ve been Leno, who had no fault on either goal, but Mooy’s assist tips the scales in favor of the Australian.
Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin conceded a free kick on the edge of the box in the 22nd minute, but that came to nothing.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side were flying in the first half as two Virgil Van Dijk headers set them on their way but Brighton were dangerous throughout and especially after Alisson was sent off.
Liverpool’s star goalkeeper was sent off for a deliberate handball and from the resulting free kick Lewis Dunk made it 2-1. Substitute goalkeeper Adrian had a tough time late on but managed to hold his nerve as Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the table to 11 points, momentarily.
3 things we learned
1. Van Dijk stands tall: He beat Brighton’s towering defense to score two headers in the first half and without Fabinho ahead of him and Matip alongside him, VVD put on a show. He was the leader in attack and at the back for Liverpool and when they went down to 10 men late in the game their leader stood tall.
2. Brighton not clinical enough: On another day Graham Potter‘s side should have scored three or four. Dunk missed a big chance in the first half and they squandered several opportunities. Brighton play some very good stay from box to box but must be more clinical if they’re going to get to the next stage.
3. Alisson adds to Klopp’s woe: Liverpool will now have to do without Alisson to add to Klopp’s woes, as he was put in a terrible situation by his defenders. He didn’t need to handle the ball, but the way Adrian played when he came on proved this is now a big problem for Liverpool going forward.
Man of the Match: Virgil van Dijk – Dominant at the back, especially late on, and popped up with two headers in the first half. With Joel Matip, Fabinho and now Alisson out, VVD has to step up once again in the coming weeks. A superb overall display.
A bright start at Anfield saw both teams have chances as Mooy and Connolly combined to cause havoc, while Liverpool’s front three were looking as dangerous as ever.
Roberto Firmino forced Mat Ryan into a fine save down low and from the ball then broke for a free kick as Alexander-Arnold’s cross found Van Dijk who nodded home.
Soon after Firmino and Mane were both denied by Ryan as Liverpool put their foot down on the accelerator, and then a second arrived in very similar fashion to the first.
A corner from the left found Van Dijk as he beat Shane Duffy and flicked home his and Liverpool’s second goal of the game with his meaty Dutch forehead.
Mane almost squeezed in another before half time as Liverpool totally dominated, but Brighton had a few chances as Davy Propper forced Alisson into a decent stop, then Lewis Dunk shanked an effort wide when wide open at the back post and the Seagulls put the hosts under pressure late in the first half.
At the start of the second half Brighton continued to impress as Dunk flicked a header inches wide.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain almost wrapped up the win in style as he cut inside but Dunk denied him with a brilliant block.
Then, all hell broke loose.
A long ball over the top found Leandro Trossard who tried to lob Alisson but the Brazilian goalkeeper handled outside his box and was shown a straight red card. From the resulting free kick Lewis Dunk rolled in a bizarre finish to make it 2-1, and substitute goalkeeper Adrian was put under severe pressure late on.
Adrian denied Aaron Mooy but almost spilled a routine effort into his own goal as Liverpool held on for their 13th win from their first 14 games this season.
Adam Webster‘s early goal gave Brighton a lead but Aaron Mooy‘s twin first half yellow cards put them under the knife.
Aston Villa moves 11th with 11 points. Brighton’s nine points seat them 16th.
Three things we learned
1. Touchy red helps undo Brighton: Aaron Mooy’s first yellow card was silly, so he know there was a need to play careful the rest of the way. He didn’t, and a soft yellow doomed the Seagulls to more than a half without the full complement of players.
2. Villa finally catching breaks: Dean Smith‘s men have had their fair share of bad luck come from good performances, so it was nice for them to follow up a blowout defeat of Norwich City with a little nudge from the Seagulls. Matty Targett’s winner came after plenty of time playing 11v10, and Villa’s standing of 11th now reflects its performances.
3. Grealish a monster: A sliding finish to make it 1-0 and clever feed to Targett for the winner. The Peaky Blinders’ haired man turned in a performance worthy of a BAFTA, with five dribbles and plenty of good moments in keeping possession moving for the victors.
Brighton was knocking on the door early, but you’d be forgiven if you failed to predict the man to break it down.
Promising center back Webster’s stock continues to rise as he did to nod Pascal Gross‘ free kick into the goal.
A silly first yellow card for Mooy’s blocking of a free kick became egregious when he was shown another for knocking down Grealish, who would then score a sliding goal — they all count — to bring Villa level before halftime.
Solly March saw a shot through traffic go wide in the 51st as the Seagulls worked to overcome their disadvantage.
But Villa got the win through Targett at the death, a deserved-enough win although Brighton will feel hard done by.
Green: New season-high ranking Red: New season-low
20. Newcastle United — Possibly the least effective midfield, or tactical deployment of one, we’ve seen in some time. Maybe Fabian Schar is the answer, but 37.6 percent possession over the course of a season is abysmal. Last week: 19 Season high: 19 Season low: 20 Last match: Lost 5-0 at Leicester City Up next: 11:30 a.m. ET v. Manchester United
19. Watford — Moving up onlybecause Newcastle was that bad against Leicester, but look below to see some serious hope for the Hornets. They just aren’t finishing, but are producing more key passes than everyone besides Man City, Chelsea, and Liverpool. Those will turn into goals, you’d think. Last week: 20 Season high: 19 Season low: 20 Last match: Lost 2-0 at Wolves Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Sheffield United
18. Brighton and Hove Albion — Aaron Mooy has looked a lot better in his last two starts. Can the former Huddersfield Town midfielder be the one to unlock the Seagulls attack? Last week: 18 Season high: 6 Season low: 18 Last match: Lost 2-0 at Chelsea Up next: 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday v. Spurs
17. Norwich City — Something to monitor as the weather gets colder and the pitch compacted: The Canaries are only attacking directly through the middle of the pitch on 17 percent of plays. Last week: 13 Season high: 10 Season low: 20 Last match: Lost 2-0 at Crystal Palace Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Aston Villa
16. Wolves — And exhale. Wolves finally get their win and not a moment too soon with a Man City trip ahead of them. With two days less rest than the reigning champs, Sunday could be a long day. Last week: 17 Season high: 7 Season low: 17 Last match: Won 2-0 v. Watford Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday at Man City
15. Aston Villa — Why do I believe Villa is ultimately going to emerge from the fire into another Premier League season? Dean Smith‘s men lead the league in shots blocked and crosses blocked per game. While that means they are giving up a lot of attempts, that full-blooded desperation is going to pay off (or break an arm). Last week: 11 Season high: 8 Season low: 15 Last match: Drew 2-2 v. Burnley Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Norwich City
14. Everton — A much better looking side against City, but that’s kinda the frustrating life for Everton supporters. Sure, you got up for the big boys. Can you get up for a trip to Burnley? Also, to answer trivia from the Palace ranking, Seamus Coleman (!!) is second in the Premier League in successful dribbles this season. Last week: 14 Season high: 5 Season low: 14 Last match: Lost 3-1 v. Man City Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Burnley
13. Southampton — Ralph Hasenhuttl‘s men move from a near miss against Spurs to a match with in-form but potentially weary Chelsea. Shock on the cards at St. Mary’s? Last week: 16 Season high: 13 Season low: 19 Last match: Lost 2-1 at Spurs Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday v. Chelsea
12. Burnley — Completing 64.2 percent of its passes, Burnley continues to defy the laws of logic, statistics, everything. Chris Wood is big. Last week: 12 Season high: 5 Season low: 15 Last match: Drew 2-2 at Aston Villa Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Everton
11. Sheffield United — We just love that Chris Wilder wasn’t content that his side deserved a point against the leaders. Can likely move two wins clear of the drop zone with a win at Vicarage Road. Last week: 10 Season high: 10 Season low: 17 Last match: Lost 1-0 v. Liverpool Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Watford
10. Crystal Palace — WilfriedZaha‘s 32 successful dribbles are the most in the Premier League. Non-Palace fun fact. I’ll give you 50 chances to guess who’s second and like my odds (but the answer is in this post). Last week: 15 Season high: 10 Season low: 18 Last match: Won 2-0 v. Norwich City Up next: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday at West Ham United
9. Manchester United — Please, for all of our sakes, get Anthony Martial healthy. Last week: 9 Season high: 2 Season low: 15 Last match: Drew 1-1 v. Arsenal Up next: 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday at Newcastle United
8. Tottenham Hotspur — A team in no man’s land, where several players need to be axed and the manager probably wants a new experience. The fullback corps is a mess. Last week: 8 Season high: 2 Season low: 8 Last match: Won 2-1 v. Saints Up next: 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday at Brighton
7. Arsenal — How about this stat: Arsenal is spending 33 percent of every match in its own third, the third-highest percentage in the league. That’s not legendary when your defense is so leaky. Last week: 4 Season high: 4 Season low: 7 Last match: Drew 1-1 at Manchester United Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday v. Bournemouth
6. Bournemouth — Six is a good number for the Cherries, who’ve scored half of their 12 goals from set pieces. Probably deserved a win over West Ham, but probably doesn’t move you up the table. Last week: 6 Season high: 6 Season low: 17 Last match: Drew 2-2 v. West Ham Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday at Arsenal
5. West Ham United — The Irons move from week-to-week with different tests of mettle. This week, it’s whether they can go about their business and handle a decent Palace team at home. Last week: 5 Season high: 5 Season low: 18 Last match: Drew 2-2 at Bournemouth Up next: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday v. Crystal Palace
4. Chelsea — Is this week the Blues climb back into the Top Four? Last week: 7 Season high: 4 Season low: 12 Last match: Won 2-0 v. Brighton Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday at Southampton
3. Leicester City — Brendan Rodgers has his men playing on fire (in a good way). Wilfred Ndidi and Ricardo Pereira rank Nos. 1 and 2 in the Premier League in tackles this season. Ndidi is also leading the league in interceptions (23) and is performing on an N’Golo Kante level so far this season. Huge match on Saturday. Last week: 3 Season high: 3 Season low: 10 Last match: Won 5-0 v. Newcastle United Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Liverpool
2. Manchester City — On pace to score 146 Premier League goals this season. Take out the 8-star performance against Watford, and it’s a 120-goal pace. That’s 14 more than their record. Last week: 2 Season high: 1 Season low: 3 Last match: Won 3-1 at Everton Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday v. Wolves
1. Liverpool — Since the Reds are getting the job done and look a complete team, how about a seemingly ugly stat that shows how important fullbacks are to Liverpool’s attack? Trent Alexander-Arnold has lost possession a league-best 184 times, 28 more than second place Lucas Digne. Andrew Robertson is 7th with 136.
Obviously, this is because they have the ball a lot and are counted on tactically to put the ball into danger areas — look at where they rank in terms of accurate opposition half passes, stunning stuff — but wow.
Last week: 1 Season high: 1 Season low: 3 Last match: Won 1-0 at Sheffield United Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Leicester City