Brighton 1 - 3 Liverpool: the good, the bad and the injury.

Great result which I hope everyone enjoyed. The three points keep us in with a chance of breaking the Premier League record of 100 which was set by City in 2018. To do so we need to win three of our remaining four fixtures taking us to 101 points.

Talking of records (via the bbcLiverpool have now won 30 of their 34 Premier League games this season (drawn two, lost two); this is the fastest any side has ever reached 30 wins in a season in the history of the English Football League.

Looking at last night's game there were a number of talking points.

The good

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We won. We won convincingly. A number of players impressed including young Neco Williams who played the first half in Robertson's position. It was interesting to see that Williams, a RB by trade, could switch flanks and cover on the left although there were one or two chinks in his still developing armour. A right footed bias which resulted in more cutting inside than crossing and arguably some decision making wasn't perfect, including being drawn to the ball and losing his runner in the build up to Brighton's goal.

Overall Williams was very good and displayed some great cross-field passing and general play. Keita was also in fine form, chipping in with another assist for the second game running and Salah found his shooting boots - an assist and two goals placing him just three behind current golden boot leader Jamie Vardy. Alisson made some key saves and our ever dependable defence were generally solid. Robertson bagged an assist when he was subbed on for Williams to play the second half.

The bad

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Oxlade-Chamberlain failed to impress. Taking Mane's position on the left he didn't link up well with Firmino, nor Wijnaldum who was playing the left side of central midfield behind him. In fact we lacked our usual threat on that side which comes from the telepathic understanding Robertson and Mane have developed. Indeed when both players returned to the pitch in the second half we were noticeably better and it wasn't long before a corner was forced on that side and a goal the result.

Oxlade also didn't track back and help Williams as much he should have with defensive duties. Highlighted by Romper at the time - The Ox too was partly to blame for Brighton's goal for this reason.

Going the polar opposite way to Salah, Firmino continued to search for his missing shooting boots and Minamino who replaced him at the end of the match was no better. That's excusable though as coming on with just a few minutes left is not much time to impress.

The injury

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After scoring a fantastic long range goal in the first half, as well as making a positive difference to team cohesion and effort, Henderson was sadly to be found limping off the pitch with a knee injury in the 80th minute. Resulting from a clash with Yves Bissouma the extent of the injury is unknown and we await further news from a scan.

A sickener this, on many levels. If there's one player in the entire league who ought to be playing out the season trouble free, it's Hendo. What a season and journey he's had with Liverpool, proving the naysayers wrong he's been consistently great for us, on and off the pitch and now he's captained the side to the accolades they and he deserve.

Really hope his injury is as minor as possible although it's not normally good news with a knee issue and that could translate to not good news for us in our last few 2019/20 matches and our effort toward the points record.

Lastly, knee issues can cause very long lasting, sometimes permanent (think Lucas Leiva) changes in a player's performance levels/capabilities. We just have to hope that won't be the case for Henderson and whatever the outcome of the scan we owe it to him to play out this season at full tilt.

Looking ahead

Next up Burnley travel to Anfield for what should be a standard issue home shellacking. Will Jurgen field any of our promising youngsters? He has in the last two games and should he start with Keita again who will hopefully continue his good form, or is three games on the trot too big an injury risk. How about The Ox and Minamino. With a new season fast approaching both could do with some pitch time to show us what they're capable of, particularly the latter.

We're in the midst of a transfer conundrum, seems like FSG are holding the purse strings shut but as fans we feel we need to strengthen - similar to the Naby robustness question, I always worry any time Oxlade plays that he's moments away from an injury and these injury concerns with existing players don't help clarify strength of squad matters. Only time will reveal the answers but the last few matches of the season are perhaps helping to shed some light.

As an example we've all agreed now that Origi's not good enough, right?

Finishing with a word from the Gaffa

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