4 Things We Learned From Liverpool's 5-1 Premier League Annihilation of Brighton

Liverpool put Brighton to the sword in Saturday's 5-1 Premier League victory at the Amex Stadium. Jürgen Klopp's side were at their attacking best, pouring forward in waves of unstoppable counter-attacks which had the Seagulls flapping helplessly.


Philippe Coutinho was his side's stand-out performer, setting up two goals in the first half and scoring one of is own late on with a sumptuous free-kick. The Reds ran rampant, ending Brighton 's run of four home draws in a row in devastating fashion.


As always, there's key talking points to be chewed over from the beautiful game, so here's four things we learned from the big match...

4. Barcelona Will Have to Pay a King's Ransom if They Want to Sign Philippe Coutinho

As painful as it is for Liverpool fans, stories linking their Brazilian talisman away from the club aren't going away any time soon, especially as Luiz Suárez continues to struggle for Barcelona .


Coutinho was at his irrepressible best against Brighton, leading his side's surges up the pitch with precision and ingenuity.


If Barça want to prize the 25-year-old away from the Reds any time soon, they'll need to offer the club a staggering sum of money for the tenacious midfielder.

3. Brighton Need to Start Winning Home Matches. Quickly.

The talk around Brighton in the build-up to the match was that they couldn't draw a record-breaking fifth game at home in a row at the Amex Stadium. Well, they certainly staved off that entry to the record books in emphatic fashion.


In all credit to Chris Hughton sides, it was more a case of Liverpool  being excellent as oppose to their own failings - Jürgen Klopp's side simply outclassed them with superior players.


The fact remains, Brighton need to start winning matches at home, or their impressive start to the season could suddenly turn sour.

2. Liverpool Are the Best Counter-Attackers in the Premier League

Liverpool's counter-attacking football against Brighton was breathtaking at times, as they raced their way through Brighton's defence, showing the kind of vigour you might see in a ravenous child flouting convention and wolfing down their advent calendar on December 1st.


Manchester City are comfortably the best side in the league, and their attacking is fearsome, but the Reds' ability to turn defence into attack in the blink of an eye is second to none in the English top tier.

1. Brighton Need a New Right-Back in January

Is starting a 37-year-old a right-back against one of the best attacking lines in the country a wise move? No. No, it certainly is not.


While the likes of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy have impressed for Chris Hughton's men so far this season, Bruno had remained a liability - even if his beard is enviably luxurious. 


Experience is all well and good, and Bruno has enjoyed some strong seasons with the club since his switch from Valencia in 2012, but he is clearly not up to defending against Premier League  standard attackers.


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