Brighton vs Liverpool live score, result, updates, highlights as Mohamed Salah double puts Reds in front

Despite an emotional roller coaster to start the Premier League season, Liverpool have an opportunity to pull within one point of leaders Tottenham as they travel to Brighton on Sunday.

The Reds sit fourth in the Premier League standings, but with Manchester City and Arsenal contesting a massive showdown at The Emirates shortly after, Liverpool can potentially capitalise of any stalemate between those two title contenders.

Liverpool suffered heartbreak last weekend, falling in both agonizing and controversial fashion at Tottenham, but they secured a midweek pick-me-up against Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise in the Europa League, and will be ready to put one stoppage-time slip behind them.

Brighton are a vulnerable side at the moment, thrashed by Aston Villa 6-1 last weekend before requiring a furious second-half comeback against Marseille in their Europa Conference League meeting midweek. The Seagulls have not kept a single clean sheet yet this season across all competitions, and manager Roberto de Zerbi has been forced to admit that they are “not playing well” at the moment.

The Sporting News is following the Liverpool vs Brighton match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

Brighton vs Liverpool live score

  Score (2H) Goal scorers
Brighton 1 Adingra (20′)
Liverpool 2 Salah (40′, 45′)

Kickoff: 2 p.m. local (9 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. PT)
Location: American Express Stadium (Brighton, England)
Referee: Anthony Taylor

Starting lineups:

Brighton (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1. Verbruggen (GK) — 34. Veltman, 5. Dunk, 3. Igor, 7. March  — 20. Baleba, 13. Gross — 24. Adingra, 9. Pedro, 22. Mitoma  — 28. Ferguson.

Liverpool (4-4-2 diamond, right to left): 1. Alisson (GK) — 66. Alexander-Arnold, 32. Matip, 4. van Dijk, 26. Robertson — 10. Mac Allister — 19. Elliott (Gravenberch, 46′), 7. Diaz — 8. Szoboszlai — 11. Salah, 9. Nunez.

Brighton vs Liverpool live updates, highlights, commentary

Brighton vs Liverpool: Second Half

57th min: This is an end-to-end game, with Brighton troubling the Liverpool midfield and defensive line on a number of occasions, while the visitors look threatening themselves when they manage to get on the ball. It’s two teams pressing and playing in transition, which makes for a glorious back-and-forth affair.

54th min: Chance, Liverpool! HOW HAS THAT NOT GONE IN?!? Ryan Gravenberch, seeking his first Premier League goal, clatters the crossbar! Dominic Szoboszlai’s cross reaches the Dutchman at the far post, but it bounces awkwardly in his step, and while he tries to contort his body midair, he doesn’t get the contact right and it pings the woodwork.

49th min: Chance, Brighton! What a save by Alisson! He comes out off his line to close down Simon Adingra, with Brighton on another vicious counter after Andy Robertson was caught high. The Brazilian is down after making the stop, looking like he’s hurt his hand, but he is up and will continue.

Kickoff: Liverpool may have snatched the lead at halftime, but Jurgen Klopp understands that the overall first-half performance was dicey at best. He’s making a substitution at the break, with Ryan Gravenberch entering to replace Harvey Elliott.

HALFTIME: Brighton 1-2 Liverpool

After being second-best for much of the first half, Liverpool head into the break with a lead thanks to a late brace from Mohamed Salah, who scores his first two away goals of the season in Premier League play.

It’s an all-too-familiar story for Brighton, who have yet to keep a clean sheet in any competition this season and have been brutal defensively as they employ a highly risky tactical approach on the ball which has bitten them again. The Seagulls worked hard for a deserved lead, and coughed it straight up within five minutes.

Brighton vs Liverpool: First Half

43rd min: PENALTY, LIVERPOOL! Oh no, the Seagulls may have totally coughed up the match minutes before halftime! They give it away in their own defensive third, and as Liverpool push into the 18-yard box, Pascal Gross grabs hold of Dominic Szoboszlai’s collar and drags him down right on the penalty spot.

There’s a VAR check here as well, both to confirm the decision and also potentially to consider further punishment for Gross, but nothing changes from the on-field decision. It’s a clear penalty, as it would have been flagged for a horse collar tackle if this was the NFL.

Mo Salah steps up…GOAL! LIVERPOOL! Out of seemingly nothing, the Reds are suddenly in front going into halftime! Salah blasts his penalty left of centre, and while Bart Verbruggen guesses correctly, he was late on the dive thinking the Liverpool forward might go down the middle, and he can’t reach the shot.

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42nd min: As the match nears halftime, the Brighton fans have pulled out the low-hanging fruit, chanting “we want a replay” at Jurgen Klopp and the Reds.

40th min: GOAL! LIVERPOOL! Out of nothing the visitors are back level! It’s a moment of brilliance for in transition as Mohamed Salah combines wonderfully with Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz. Nunez feeds the ball right to Harvey Elliott, who lets the ball travel through to a wide-open Salah at the far post.

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39th min: Brighton have a big chance on a free-kick just inches outside the Liverpool penalty area. Simon Adingra takes, but he blasts it straight into the wall.

Liverpool have to put a lid on the fouling, as they have been caught a host of times chopping down their opponents.

31st min: Chance, Brighton! Simon Adingra comes close to a second! He gets on the ball in the Brighton half and charges forward on the ball into space afforded. Nobody from Liverpool steps up to stop his run, so he continues to barrel towards goal, eventually cutting onto his left just atop the penalty area and rifling a low shot, but it’s dragged just a sliver wide right of the post. So close!

29th min: Liverpool are forced to scramble again as they are pressed into coughing up possession near the midline and then Brighton break. Simon Adingra hits the afterburners but Karou Mitoma slips and the chance evaporates.

24th min: Liverpool have their first quality move of the afternoon but Mohamed Salah puts his eventual curling shot miles wide.

20th min: GOAL! BRIGHTON! What a brilliant goal from Simon Adingra, but what an awful goal to concede for Liverpool! Alexis Mac Allister has his pocket pilfered in his own half, and Adingra somehow finds space past Alisson from distance! The Reds’ midfielder and goalkeeper will both be shaking their heads wondering how they allowed that to happen.

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14th min: Brighton have looked to catch Liverpool on the counter, and have done well to do so, forcing the Reds into a few fouls in transition. Liverpool have had very little up front, and it’s been mostly Brighton with the dangerous moves so far.

11th min: Play is momentarily stopped as Joao Pedro is down well off the ball, and it appears that his foot has been stepped on. He’s up and we continue.

For two teams of vicious attacking quality, this match has been somewhat muted at the start.

5th min: Brighton have a corner, and they work a brilliant routine off the training ground, driven short to start a move of one-touch passing, but Lewis Dunk puts his eventual shot just wide. The ensuing corner is more traditional but equally dangerous, and Joao Pedro’s off-balance effort is deflected wide.

A third corner is headed clear by Virgil van Dijk to start a Liverpool counter, and now they have a free-kick chance down the other end with Darwin Nunez fouled.

1st min: Well, this sure is intereseting. Looks like Liverpool are playing a 4-4-2 diamond formation, with Dominic Szoboszlai at the tip of the midfield, with the pair of Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez up front. Luis Diaz is out wide opposite Harvey Elliiott, and Alexis Mac Allister at the foundation.

Kickoff: They’re under way at the Amex as Liverpool look to pull within a point of the table’s summit, while Brighton are just hoping for a general turnaround.

Brighton vs Liverpool: Pre-match commentary, analysis, stats, and more

15 mins to kickoff: Warmups are being conducted at the Amex and it’s almost time for kickoff!

30 mins to kickoff: Brighton have an incredibly young squad, featuring five of the 12 Premier League teenagers to start a match this season. One of them, Julio Enciso, is injured and out for quite some time, but Carlos Baleba becomes the fifth with his first start today.

45 mins to kickoff: Today marks the eight year anniversary of Jurgen Klopp’s hire at Liverpool, signed on October 8, 2015 to replace Brendan Rodgers. What a run it’s been for the Reds manager, eight years is an eternity in modern football.

1 hour to kickoff: Lineups are in, and there’s a surprise in midfield for Liverpool. It felt that the choice to replace Curtis Jones was between either Ryan Gravenberch or Wataru Endo, but instead Harvey Elliott steps in to the spot. It’s especially harsh on Gravenberch who was excellent midweek and will not be leaving for international duty, so a start here felt reasonable.

Brighton, amidst their defensive woes, have deployed a very attacking lineup that sees Joao Pedro pulling the strings behind Evan Ferguson. Danny Welbeck and Ansu Fati, meanwhile, are only on the bench. Overall, Roberto de Zerbi makes a whopping six changes.

1 hour 20 mins to kick: Team news will be with us shortly and there’s some intrigue over who will start in attack for Brighton. Evan Ferguson has been an eye-catching breakthrough performer for De Zerbi’s side, a remarkably complete centre-forward for an 18-year-old. However, he was substituted at halftime in each of their past two Premier League games and only featured as a late substitute in Marseille.

1 hour 40 mins to kick: Some of the shine has come off Brighton’s sparkling early season form. Roberto de Zerbi’s side are winless in three and the Italian will hope their rousing comeback from 2-0 down to claim a draw at Marseille in the Europa League can act as a catalyst.

They were hammered 6-1 by Aston Villa last weekend and are still without a clean sheet this season. Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Union Saint-Gilloise was only their second shutout of 2023/24. This one will probably be 0-0 then…

2 hours to kickoff: With Curtis Jones suspended, this could be yet another opportunity for new Liverpool signing Ryan Gravenberch to see the field. Gravenberch was exceptional against Union Saint-Gilloise on Thursday, grabbing a deserved opener 44 minutes in, his first goal for the Reds, while impressing mightily with his creativity and fluid buildup.

The 21-year-old was not called up by the Dutch national team for the coming international break as he battles the Netherlands coaching staff after refusing to play for the youth side in September. Therefore, he could be safely deployed on a quick turnaround from the European match three days ago knowing extended rest is on the horizon.

Jurgen Klopp did not hold back when giving his assessment of Gravenberch after Thursday’s match, spouting praise for his young Dutch midfielder.

Brighton vs Liverpool lineups & team news

Roberto De Zerbi has no fresh updates on the injury front, but the Italian coach will rotate from Europa League duty, with Adam Webster, Billy Gilmour and Evan Ferguson all set to start.

A late fitness test for Tariq Lamptey will be required for the full-back to take part, while Brighton will miss Pervis Estupinan due to a thigh injury. Jakub Moder and Julio Enciso remain sidelined for an extended period of time due to serious knee injuries.

Brighton starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Verbruggen (GK) — Veltman, Dunk, Igor, March  — Baleba, Gross — Adingra, Pedro, Mitoma  — Ferguson

Brighton subs (9): Steele (GK), Webster, Van Hecke, Dahoud, Gilmour, Lallana, Fati, Hinshelwood, Welbeck.

Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota are both suspended after being sent off against Spurs, with Dutch international Cody Gakpo sidelined until after the international break. Stefan Bajcetic would have been a midfield option here but remains out for another few weeks with an injury.

Darwin Nunez is expected to cover for Gakpo, while with Jones out, Ryan Gravenberch was thought to have earned more minutes after his sensational display midweek. Wataru Endo was also be an option in the middle, but instead Jurgen Klopp pivots and picks Harvey Elliott for a surprise place in the middle.

Liverpool starting lineup (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson — Elliott, Mac Allister, Szoboszlai — Salah, Nunez, Diaz.

Liverpool subs (9): Adrian (GK), Gomez, Konate, Quansah, Tsimikas, Endo, Gravenberch, Chambers, Doak.

How to watch Brighton vs Liverpool

Here’s how to watch this Premier League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

Region TV Streaming
USA  — Peacock
Canada  —

Fubo Canada

UK Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier  League Sky GO, Now TV
Australia  —
India  — Hotstar VIP,
Hong Kong  — Now TV
Malaysia Astro SuperSport Astro Go, sooka
Singapore Hub Premier 1 and 2 (Ch. 221-222) StarHub TV+
New Zealand  — Sky Sport NOW

Brighton vs Liverpool betting odds & lines

Draw Liverpool
Both teams
to score Y / N
Over / Under
3.5 goals
+210 +300 +105 -300 / +200 -125 / -110 -105 -135
Top Betting Sites
23/10 59/20 21/20 3/10, 11/5 5/6, 19/20 1/1 4/5
3.25 4.10 2.04 1.36 / 3.10 1.83 / 1.97

3.30 4.00 2.08 1.35 / 3.25 1.93 / 1.94 2.01 1.88

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