Liverpool vs Brighton LIVE Football Score 29 Jan 2023
Scoring goals at an incredible rate has been the theme of Roberto De Zerbi’s managerial career thus far, and his Brighton side were in a merciless mood during their trip to the Riverside Stadium in the third round of the FA Cup, as Alexis Mac Allister’s brace alongside strikes from Deniz Undav, Adam Lallana and Pascal Gross put Boro to the sword.
Finding the back of the net more than once at the King Power would have surely been a prerequisite against a troubled Leicester City side, but the Seagulls’ momentum was derailed somewhat at the home of the Foxes in the Premier League, as it took a late Evan Ferguson header to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw.
However, Brighton remain in a healthy sixth place in the Premier League table courtesy of the sides around them dropping points last weekend too, but the FA Cup represents another shot at European qualification for the soaring Seagulls.
Brighton were dumped out in the fourth round of the competition by Tottenham Hotspur last season, but they have managed to reach the fifth round in three of the last five editions of the FA Cup, including a run to the semi-finals in 2018-19 before Manchester City sent them packing.
Now unbeaten in four matches across all competitions, Brighton can boast at least two goals from each of their last six games – making the net ripple 19 times at an average of over three goals per game in that run – although two wins from their last six at the Amex is hardly an intimidating record.
The most recent of those South-coast successes was the 3-0 thumping of Liverpool on January 14, though, and both the Reds and Chelsea could have done with lessons in attacking from De Zerbi during their low-key goalless stalemate at Anfield last weekend.
In what was Jurgen Klopp’s 1,000th game as a manager, the Liverpool boss admitted that he was grateful his landmark game did not turn out the same way as Arsene Wenger’s – a 6-0 thumping at the hands of Chelsea, who had an early Kai Havertz goal ruled out and could not find the breakthrough despite an eye-catching cameo from Mykhaylo Mudryk.
There was not much to write home about in Liverpool’s FA Cup third-round replay with Wolves, except for the long-range Harvey Elliott screamer that sent the defending champions into round four, and back-to-back clean sheets will certainly be welcomed by the Anfield faithful ahead of a trip to free-scoring Brighton.
However, in each of Liverpool’s last three FA Cup runs as defending champions, they have failed to progress beyond the fourth round each time, and they have also been dumped out in this round in the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2020-21 editions.
Winning just five games away from home in all competitions this season will not do wonders for the Reds’ confidence either, and while they thumped Brighton 6-1 in the 2011-12 FA Cup, most will expect the Seagulls to be racking up the goals in this fixture now.
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