Liverpool continued their excellent form with a 1-5 win away to Brighton and Hove, which took them up to fourth in the league for the first time since the opening weeks in August. Two goals in less than two minutes mid-way through the first half, got the Reds firmly in control of the match. Emre Can opening the scoring with a powerful header, before some excellent team play straight from the restart saw Brazilian Roberto Firmino double their lead 79 seconds later.
The Visitors secured the points minutes after the half time break, Firmino again capitalising on the good work of Mohamed Salah to make it 3-0. Glen Murray pulled one back from the penalty spot for the home team, after Jordan Henderson was adjudged to have fouled Shane Duffy in the area. The home team also had their chances to make Liverpool panic with flash backs of Sevilla’s recent comeback in a European game, however a fourth goal from the Red’s, this time from the boot of Philippe Coutinho, with a well placed free kick ensured lighting wouldn’t strike twice.
There was still time for the Visitors to add another this time from the head of Brighton defender Lewis Dunk, who found his own net when attempting to deal with an Injury time cross from Coutinho.
The result see Liverpool move up to third.
Elsewhere Tottenham’s poor league from continued, this time dropping points away at Watford and they could even consider they were lucky to scrap a 1-1 draw.
The home team took the lead through Christian Kabasele just prior to the 15-minute mark, when he headed in from 6 yards, from a Tom Cleverly corner, before they could have gone two goals up 10 minutes later, Referee Martin Atkinson deciding that Ben Davies hadn’t fouled Richarlison inside the Spurs penalty area. To make matters worse, straight from the counter attack, Tottenham earned their equaliser, Kieran Tripper, finding Eriksen who in turn found Son Heung-min who equalised.
With the scores level at the break it was Watford who again pushed forward from the start of the second half, when Richarlison again found himself on the end of some rough treatment, this time Referee decided that it was a foul and quickly dismissed Davison Sanchez for use of the Elbow. From here Tottenham were just trying to hang on as Watford pushed forward looking for the winning goal. Abdoulaye Doucoure came closest with his effort hitting the post shortly after the sending off.
The result see’s Tottenham drop down to Sixth place a staggering 18 points behind leaders Manchester City.