Liverpool faced Brighton having beaten Tottenham and West Ham in their last two games but the 1-0 loss leaves them seven points off the Premier League summit. Sunday’s meeting with Manchester City now takes on even more importance.
It was not until the 77th minute of Wednesday’s meeting with Brighton that Liverpool mustered their first and only shot on target of the night, a tame effort by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain which looped harmlessly into the arms of Robert Sanchez.
It summed up the bluntness of their performance. Liverpool, 68 home games unbeaten in the Premier League before their defeat to Burnley two weeks ago, have now lost two in two. The fortress has been breached and Manchester City are next.
Liverpool appeared on the cusp of a resurgence after their back-to-back away wins over Tottenham and West Ham last week but it’s meetings with the Premier League’s lower-ranked sides that have exposed their flaws this season.