Liverpool hold on to beat Brighton

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Updated: September 21, 2011

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Brighton 1 – 2 Liverpool
Barnes (pen) ’90; Bellamy ’7, Kuyt ’81

90+4 min played

Commentary:

90+4 min Full-time. Liverpool holds on and claim the victory.
90+4 min Gerrard plays a long ball down to Kuyp in the corner, who tries to hold it up but the ball goes wide.
90+2 min Vicente’s free kick fails to clear the first man and Gerrard clears.
90+1 min Yellow card for Lucas. Lucas clumsily fouls LuaLua on the left wing.
90 min Four minutes of added time to be played.
90 min Goal for Brighton! Ashley Barnes fires a brilliant penalty into the top left hand corner of the Liverpool goal.
89 min Penalty for Brighton! Jay Spearing falls on the ball and Jamie Carragher dives into a tackle and fouls Vicente.
87 min Craig Noone is named Man of the Match by Brighton’s stadium announcer.
86 min Substitution for Liverpool. John Flanagan replaces Martin Kelly.
85 min LuaLua wins a free kick on the left hand side of Liverpool’s box, but the cross is cleared.
81 min Goal for Liverpool! Dirk Kuyt scores against the run of play. Rodriguez plays in Kuyt, who plays the ball past the keeper. Disappointing for Brighton, who have been brilliant in the second half.
81 min LuaLua shoots from the edge of the box but the shot is blocked.
80 min Brighton cause more problems in the Liverpool defence.
79 min Brighton have had 61% of possession in the second half.
78 min Double Substitution for Brighton. LuaLua replaces Sparrow and Barnes comes on for Navarro.
77 min Noone wins another corner for Brighton.
76 min Jamie Carragher clears a dangerous Craig Noone cross.
75 min Substitution for Liverpool. Steven Gerrard makes his return from injury and replaces Luis Suarez.
74 min Liverpool free kick in a dangerous position. Suarez’s shot is deflected wide.
71 min Noone forces a corner. Six corners to four for Brighton.
68 min Vicente shoots wide from outside the box with his left foot.
67 min Yellow card for Brighton’s Vincelot. The Brighton man fouls Dirk Kuyt.
65 min A Martin Kelly cross is cleared.
62 min Noone shoots just over from outside the box.
60 min Substitution for Brighton. Vicente replaces the impressive Will Buckley.
59 min Jamie Carragher forces Noone off the ball in the penalty area.
59 min Yellow card for Jay Spearing.
57 min Reina punches a corner clear.
56 min Noone crosses dangerously but the ball is cleared.
54 min Ball drops to Matthew Sparrow after a good Brighton attack. The Brighton player can only manage a weak shot at Pepe Reina. Brighton are on top at the moment and creating all the chances.
52 min Calderon delivers a dangerous cross but does not find anyone.
52 min Noone makes a good run but receives a heavy challenge outside the box and is dispossessed.
51 min Ball intercepted by a Brighton defender 10 yards from goal just before the ball reaches Kuyt.
49 min Brighton break well again. Buckley makes another good run.
48 min Kuyt shot blocked by Steve Cooke.
47 min Noone hits the crossbar for Brighton after he intercepts and ill-advised cross field ball from Kelly.
46 min Buckley runs down the weekend and is tackle to the ground, but a goal kick is awarded for Liverpool.
46 min The second half is underway.

Half-Time Very interesting first half at the Amex Stadium. Liverpool could be home and dry after creating a host of opportunities in the first period. Suarez and Bellamy in particular have looked very dangerous. Bellamy opened the scoring in the seventh minute and it looked like the floodgates could open. Brighton have come more into the game in the last five minutes, however, and could have drawn level just before the interval.

45+2 min Half-time.
45+2 min Vincelot shoots high and wide.
45+1 min Free kick for Brighton just outside the Liverpool penalty area.
45+1 min Brighton almost score. Mackail-Craig plays in Noone, who shoots with his left foot. Reina makes a poor save and it almost drops to a Brighton striker. Martin Kelly reacts quicker and manages to clear the ball.
45 min Two minutes added time to be played.
45 min Brighton take a corner short. Buckley takes it past Rodriguez but runs the ball out of play.
44 min Jay Spearing hits the post from outside the box. Good effort from Spearing.
43 min Brighton continue to attack and a cross causes Reina some difficulty. The goalkeeper manages to collect the ball at the second attempt, however.
43 min Buckley makes a good run into the Liverpool box and is forced to the ground by Martin Kelly. Brighton call for a penalty but their claims are waved away.
41 min Bellamy hits the bar from the free kick! What a strike from Bellamy. He deserved to score. Keeper didn’t even move.
40 min Yellow card for Matt Sparrow. Bellamy is fouled about 35 yards from goal.
39 min Yellow card for Alan Navarro.
38 min Buckley sends a good cross into the Liverpool area but Reina collects the ball well.
37 min Rodriguez passes to Suarez at the right of the Brighton area. Suarez tries to cross back to Rodriguez but the ball is headed clear.
33 min Noone has space in the Liverpool area after a good break. He miscontrols the ball, however, and Carragher clears.
32 min Bellamy delivers a great free and Suarez heads just wide.
31 min Suarez has loads of time near the Brighton box again. The Championship club are finding it hard to deal with the Uruguayan.
27 min Liverpool have had six shots, with three on target. Brighton have a solitary off target effort so far.
26 min Suarez misses a great chance for Liverpool. Kuyt plays a good pass through to the Uruguayan, who had gotten behind the Brighton defence. Suarez shoots just wide, however.
24 min Suarez and Bellamy link up well again. Suarez passes to Bellamy, who opens up his body before trying to play in Lucas. The ball is intercepted, however.
23 min Brighton win their first corner, but the opportunity is wasted.
20 min Good attack from Brighton. Buckley beats two defenders but the ball rolls over the endline for a goal kick to Liverpool.
18 min Mackail-Smith clears off teh line. A Bellamy corner to headed on to the back post. Kuyt keeps the play alive and heads across goal. The ball almost crosses the line but Mackail-Smith saves Brighton.
17 min Suarez almost finds Kuyt at the back post, but the ball is cleared for a corner.
16 min Brighton break forward, but the cross in cleared.
15 min Suarez passes right to Bellamy but the ball is slightly in front of the Welshman. Bellamy still plays a good cross alongthe ground that almost finds Suarez, but Brighton clear.
12 min Buckley breaks forward well but his cross goes wide. Encouraging movement but disappointing end product.
12 min Kuyt has a shot blocked at the edge of the Brighton box.
11 min Jamie Carragher shoots over from distance.
10 min Kuyt almost finds Suarez in the box, but the ball is cleared for a corner.
7 min Goal for Liverpool! Craig Bellamy scores for Liverpool. Maxi Rodriguez passes to Suarez in the Brighton area. The Uruguayan slips the ball to Bellamy ten yards from goal and the Welshman finishes well.
6 min Bit of a scramble in the Brighton box. Ankergren gets his fist to the corner, but Brighton fail to clear. The ball breaks to Suarez in the area but Mackail-Smith blocks and clears.
6 min Suarez wins a corner for Liverpool.
4 min First shot in anger as Jay Spearing shoots over from outside the box.
2 min Brighton have started in an attacking formation and look set to try to test Liverpool’s back line.
1 min Brighton kickoff to start the first half.
0 min We’re only five minutes away from kickoff. Brighton make five changes to their starting line-up. Liverpool make seven changes but select a strong team. Sebastian Coates and Craig Bellamy make their full debuts for the club and Luis Suarez starts up front. Andy Carroll and Steven Gerrard are on the bench.

Line-Ups:

Brighton: Ankergren, Calderon, Greer, Cook, Vincelot, Navarro, Sparrow, Bridcutt, Noone, Buckley, Mackail-Smith

Substitutions: Brezovan, Dunk, Barnes, Vicentre, Lua Lua, Taricco, Kasim

Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Coates, Robinson, Kuyt, Spearing, Lucas, Rodriguez, Bellamy, Suarez

Substitutions:

Team News: Doni, Gerrard, Carroll, Downing, Wilson, Shelvey, Flanagan

Brighton assistant manager Mauricio Taricco is set to start on the bench for Brighton. The 38-year-old former Tottenham defender will replace suspended left-back Marcos Painter.

Gus Poyet could also include Will Hoskins and Vicente in his lineup. Striker Hoskins is now fully fit following his hip injury, which has ruled him out since the opening day of the season. Former Spain midfielder Vicente is close to full fitness after joining as a free agent last month. Both players are likely to start on the bench.

Liverpool, meanwhile, will be boosted by the return of their inspirational captain Steven Gerrard, who is set to end a six-month spell on the sidelines after groin surgery.

New signing Sebastian Coates, who came on a substitute against Spurs, is likely to be given a full debut in central defence, while Craig Bellamy, who also featured in the 4-0 thrashing, could get his first start since returning to the club last month.

Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel are both unavailable, however, after their sending offs against the Londoners and will serve one-match bans. Daniel Agger is also out with a rib injury sustained in that game.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Flanagan, Carragher, Coates, Robinson, Spearing, Lucas, Kuyt, Rodriguez, Bellamy, Carroll, Doni, Kelly, Enrique, Wilson, Gerrard, Shelvey, Downing, Henderson, Suarez.

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