Leandro Trossard scored a hat-trick as Brighton marked new coach Roberto de Zerbi’s
debut with a hugely entertaining and battling draw against Liverpool at Anfield
Jurgen Klopp’s side looked to have given their season the shot in the arm it needed
on Saturday, only for Leandro Trossard to burst their bubble with a late equaliser, as
Brighton secured a remarkable 3-3 draw.
Trossard became only the third visiting player in Premier League history to score a
hat-trick away to Liverpool, following in the footsteps of Peter Ndlovu for Coventry in
1995 and Andrey Arshavin for Arsenal in 2009.
The Belgian gave Brighton a 2-0 lead inside the first 18 minutes, but Liverpool hit
back strongly with Roberto Firmino scoring either side of half-time.
Adam Webster’s unfortunate own goal looked to have won it for the home side,
but Trossard had the final say, slamming home with seven minutes remaining to
ensure Roberto De Zerbi’s reign as manager began in positive fashion, and with a
For Liverpool, however, it is two more dropped points in a season which promised so
much but has so far delivered little except disappointment.
Roberto Firmino started a Liverpool fightback before half-time when he drove in,
with the goal given by the video assistant referee (VAR) after initially being ruled out
The Brazilian equalized nine minutes after the break when substitute Luis Diaz found
Firmino, who coolly wrongfooted his marker before firing in from close range.
There was a sense of inevitability as a hungry Liverpool continued to come forward
and they duly got a third when Adam Webster turned into his own net under pressure
But Trossard had the final say as he scooped in at the back post late on to secure the
match ball and a point for his side.