It certainly wasn’t a pretty win against Brighton yesterday but Liverpool got the job done against the Seagulls to push them further clear at the top of the table.
Two players who were critical to the Reds getting the three points were Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk who were both involved in the goals. TV pundit Alan Shearer has praised the pair for their performances:
“It helps when you’ve got the king of assists in Trent Alexander-Arnold and you’ve got the defender who’s scored more goals than any other defender since the start of last season, and that worked for them today”
“The ability of Trent Alexander to whip that ball in and then when you’ve got someone like Van Dijk with his power and ability and presence.”
Alexander-Arnold’s two assists yesterday means he is now on six for the season in all competitions, one ahead of Andy Robertson on the opposite flank.
Van Dijk’s double, meanwhile, sees his total go up to three for the campaign, after bagging a goal in the opening day win against Norwich. The 28-year-old now has nine goals for the Reds since the beginning of last season.
With the front three not currently firing on all cylinders, manager Jurgen Klopp will be delighted that the goals are being shared around.