Brighton & Hove Albion 1 – 5 Liverpool [Premier League Highlights] 2017/18
Roberto Firmino scored twice as Liverpool cruised to a 5-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in an entertaining Premier League contest on the south coast.
The Reds looked to be out of sight when they netted twice in two first-half minutes and then extended their lead further after the break, but Glenn Murray pulled a goal back to threaten a fightback.
It never materialised, though, as Jurgen Klopp’s men turned on the style in the closing stages.
Brighton have made the Amex Stadium somewhat of a fortress this season, previously losing only to Manchester City, but they could not deny Liverpool a victory that was set in motion by Emre Can’s 30th-minute opener.
Firmino’s first swiftly followed as Brighton struggled to cope with the speed of the visiting attack, with Klopp’s side then adding a third – through the Brazilian forward again – after the restart.
Again there was a second strike in quick succession, but this time it was Brighton’s – Murray netting from the penalty spot having twice earlier squandered big chances.
Murray could have scored again, too, but Liverpool added an extra gloss to proceedings with two late goals, both inspired by Philippe Coutinho, as the Reds moved above Arsenal and into the top four.