Brighton vs Liverpool LIVE: FA Cup result and final score after Kauro Mitoma scores brilliant winning goal

Brighton beat Liverpool at the Amex to knock out the FA Cup holders after Japanese winger Kaoru Mitoma scored a brilliant late winner.

Harvey Elliott had put Liverpool in front before Brighton equalised with a stroke of fortune when Tariq Lamptey’s shot was deflected home by Lewis Dunk, making it level at the break following an entertaining first half.

Both sides created chances to win it in the second period but it was Mitoma who finally delivered the quality required, taking a calm touch before flicking the ball away from a defender and steering it into the far corner past Alisson to spark bedlam at the Amex and send Brighton into the fifth-round draw.

Brighton vs Liverpool

  • Full-time: Brighton 2-1 Liverpool

  • GOAL! Brighton 2-1 Liverpool (Mitoma, 90+2)

  • Fabinho escapes red card for nasty tackle on Ferguson (88)

  • Half-time: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

  • GOAL! Brighton 1-1 Liverpool (Dunk, 39)

  • GOAL! Brighton 0-1 Liverpool (Elliott, 30)

  • Liverpool return to the Amex two weeks after 3-0 beating

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Match report: Brighton 2-1 Liverpool

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Brighton maintain role as Liverpool’s bogey team with last-gasp winner:

Brighton maintain role as Liverpool’s bogey team with last-gasp winner

Full-time: Brighton 2-1 Liverpool

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Andy Robertson, Liverpool’s captain today: “We were a lot more competitive than we were against them two weeks ago, but that didn’t take a lot. At the end of the day, we’re out the Cup and that’s hard to take.”

Match summary: Brighton 2-1 Liverpool

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Holders Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup after losing 2-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion in the fourth round on Sunday as Kaoru Mitoma struck the winning goal in stoppage time.

Harvey Elliott put Liverpool ahead, Lewis Dunk equalised before halftime and the score stayed at 1-1 until Mitoma found the net in the 92nd minute with a fine finish.

It was the second time Brighton defeated Liverpool this month, having also beaten Juergen Klopp’s side 3-0 in a Premier League game.

Liverpool’s teenage midfielder Elliott put them ahead in the 30th minute with a low shot into the far corner following a clever pass from Mohamed Salah.

Brighton equalised nine minutes later when Dunk got a flick on a long-range effort from Tariq Lamptey which deflected into the goal, with goalkeeper Alisson Becker wrong-footed.

Salah missed a good chance in the second half and so did Solly March for Brighton before Mitoma controlled the ball on the half volley before firing home a dramatic late winner.

Kaoru Mitoma celebrates after scoring Brighton’s winner (AFP via Getty Images)
Kaoru Mitoma celebrates after scoring Brighton’s winner (AFP via Getty Images)

Full-time: Brighton 2-1 Liverpool

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Lewis Dunk admits he didn’t mean his deflected goal. On Mitoma: “I’m just glad I don’t have to chase him. He’s come out of nowhere and he’s a top player.”

Full-time: Brighton 2-1 Liverpool

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Mitoma is a symbol of everything good about Brighton right now. The recruitment, the value, the ability to replace quality with even better quality. Bought for £2.5m, he must already be worth 10 times that, and climbing.

Full-time: Brighton 2-1 Liverpool

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Brighton beat Liverpool once more, and knock out the FA Cup holders in the fourth round.

Brighton 2-1 Liverpool

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The composure of Mitoma in that moment, with the entire tie on the line, was just unreal. He is already one of the best wingers in the Premier League.

GOAL! Brighton 2-1 Liverpool (Mitoma, 90+2)

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Kaoru Mitoma has done it!!! It’s a fabulous goal, controlling the ball at the back post beore flicking it away from a defender and steering it into the far corner. What a footballer.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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88 min: I’m not quite sure why that wasn’t upgraded to red, but it wasn’t. Brighton can feel a little hard done by with decisions in this second half. Ferguson has had to be replaced, and he limps off.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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87 min: The replay doesn’t look pretty: Fabinho’s studs scrape down the Achilles of Evan Ferguson, who is down getting treatment. An ugly tackle, that.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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86 min: Fabinho’s first action is to chop down Ferguson, and he’s booked. The Var is checking it’s not a red card...

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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84 min: Bajcetic is replaced by Fabinho.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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83 min: Konate bumps Mac Allister to the floor as the Argentinian World Cup winner was chasing a ball played through on goal. The Amex roars for a foul, which would surely then be a red card for denying a goalscoring opportunity, but nothing doing. The replay suggests the referee got that one wrong, because Mac Allister got himself between defender and ball before the challenge was made. He’s down receiving treatement but seems to be OK.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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80 min: Ten minutes plus added time for someone to grab a winner and prevent this going back to Anfield, but chances are a little thin on the ground right now. Ferguson gets a sight of goal after excellent work by March down the right, but his effort is well blocked by Konate.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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78 min: Curtis Jones replaces Thiago Alcantara.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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76 min: Still level at the Amex. Any replay would take place on 7 or 8 February.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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73 min: Nunez shimmies inside on to his right foot but his pass to Gakpo in the box is misplaced.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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70 min: Great save by Alisson, dashing off his line to deny March from close range after Mitoma’s teasing cross.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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68 min: It’s been a quiet few minutes, a lull in the game.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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62 min: Konate is booked for a mistimed tackle on Ferguson. At the other end, Dunk grabs hold of the shirt of Cody Gakpo and drags him to the floor to kill a counter-attack. Also a yellow card. Very much filed under ‘taking one for the team’.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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61 min: A chance for Liverpool as Salah gets on the ball on the right side of the box and flicks a cross towards Nunez, with Brighton’s defence scattered, but Steele leaps out and intervenes. A moment later Salah goes down in the box but it would have been a soft decision.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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59 min: Three changes by Jurgen Klopp, and that man Alexander-Arnold is done for the day, which he doesn’t look particularly happy about.

Darwin Nunez, Jordan Henderson and James Milner are on to replace goalscorer Elliott, the anonymous Keita and the chastened Alexander-Arnold.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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57 min: This game would not be a good case study if you were trying to prove the opinion that Alexander-Arnold is a good one-on-one defender. But in truth, he is just up against a brilliant player in Mitoma.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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55 min: A brilliant change of pace by Mitoma leaves Alexander-Arnold behind and brings Alisson off his line near his right byline. The winger flicks the ball back to the edge of the box, but it’s not converted by Pascal Gross who lashes over.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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Meanwhile, Brighton have signed a new midfielder. How much will one of the big seven be offering for this chap in a year’s time?

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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51 min: It turns out Alexis Mac Allister was feeling a thigh knock at the time, which is why Dunk stepped up.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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49 min: Lewis Dunk has just tried a knuckleball free-kick and it was not terrible. It helped that Liverpool had no idea what was coming.

Second half: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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46 min: Brighton start fast - they look up for this second half.

Half-time: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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Roberto De Zerbi speaks from the tunnel at half-time, something ITV have been doing this season in the FA Cup. He says Brighton made too many mistakes and will need to sharpen up if they are to win the game.

Looks like a man who has absolutely no time for this TV gimmick.

Half-time: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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Speaking on ITV at half-time, Glenn Murray says his old friend and teammate Lewis Dunk didn’t mean to score with that ‘flick’ (deflection) past Alisson Becker. Murray doesn’t believe the centre-back has those reactions in his locker, and that’s probably fair enough.

Lewis Dunk celebrates after scoring Brighton’s equaliser (Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Lewis Dunk celebrates after scoring Brighton’s equaliser (Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Half-time: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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Well that was a lot of fun. Salah missed a couple of big chances before teeing up Harvey Elliott, who made no mistake in capping off a quick counter-attack. But a few minutes later, Tariq Lamptey’s shot deflected off Lewis Dunk and into the net to equalise for Brighton.

A big slice of fortune, but the score feels about right for what has been an entertaining, open and even game.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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Our Senior Football Correspondent, Richard Jolly, never misses:

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool

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43 min: Lamptey has been impactful at both ends of the pitch. This time he tackles Elliott in the area in a dangerous situation.

GOAL! Brighton 1-1 Liverpool (Dunk, 39)

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And it’s level! This game has felt full of goals right from kick-off and now we have two, as Lamptey’s long shot deflects off captain Lewis Dunk and wrongfoots Alisson. A big stroke of fortune, but Brighton have been very positive as ever.

Brighton 0-1 Liverpool

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Harvey Elliott’s fifth goal of the season has put the Reds ahead:

Harvey Elliott fires Liverpool into the lead at Brighton (Action Images via Reuters)
Harvey Elliott fires Liverpool into the lead at Brighton (Action Images via Reuters)

Brighton 0-1 Liverpool

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33 min: Liverpool had certainly had the edge in terms of chances, and that goal seems fair reward for their start here. Brighton look threatening, though.

GOAL! Brighton 0-1 Liverpool (Elliott, 30)

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Finally, the breakthrough! Liverpool break and Salah feeds Harvey Elliott surging into the box. The midfielder composes himself before hitting first time with his weaker right foot, and Steele can’t get quiet enough glove on the ball to stop it rolling into the net.

Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

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28 min: Lamptey intercepts Gakpo’s pass to Salah, and Brighton go on the attack.

Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

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25 min: That was the best chance of the game so far but there have been plenty. Incredible that it’s still goalless.

Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

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23 min: Salah doesn’t usually miss these. A good pass by Elliott sets him through on goal but somehow the Egyptian drags a simple finish wide.

Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

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19 min: Liverpool captain Andy Robertson bumps Evan Ferguson to the floor, who goes down appealing for a free-kick, but he’s ignored and rightly so, it was soft. Moments later Keita is knocked to the floor and needs a moment, but he’s OK to continue.

Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

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16 min: Stefan Bajcetic has been booked for a poor challenge - though Jurgen Klopp seems bemused by that.

Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

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14 min: Off the line! Brighton pinch it and break down the right where March does really well to drill a low cross through the box. Ferguson controls it and should score, but his close-range shot is blocked by Alexander-Arnold.

Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

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11 min: A really good start to this game. Mitoma almost gets in behind with a dash from midfield, but Konate anticipates well.

Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

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Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

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7 min: This is a high-pace start and bodes well for what’s to come. Alexander-Arnold plays a lovely pass into Salah, who is blocked off on the byline. Corner, which the right-back takes, but the ball ends up in the gloves of Steele after a bit of pinball.

Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

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4 min: Salah goes close! He pounces on a rebound but Lewis Dunk clears his effort off the line.

Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

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2 min: Brighton have started brightly. Lamptey scuttles down the right with the aid of a one-two, but his cross his blocked. Solly March delivers a corner which is well caught by Alisson Becker amid the rabble in the box.

Kick-off! Brighton 0-0 Liverpool

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Peeeep! And they’re off.

Brighton vs Liverpool

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Here’s Harvey Elliot, speaking to ITV before kick-off which is now moments away, speaking about Liverpool’s response to that 3-0 defeat at Brighton in the league: “We’ve had a good couple of games since then leading into this, we feel like there’s been a turnaround in our performances, and hopefully we have a positive performance. This is another opportunity to go out and put it right.”

Brighton vs Liverpool

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A reminder of today’s line-ups. It’s nice to see Tariq Lamptey start today, having been coming off the bench in the Premier League; can he play his way into the side? Evan Ferguson and Danny Welbeck is an interesting pairing up front and suggests Brighton will be direct when the opportunity arises. And always exciting to see Kaoru Mitoma play, what a find he is.

Klopp names a strong team too - clearly he is keen to defend Liverpool’s FA Cup crown with their league campaign in tatters. And perhaps he is wary, too, after their last meeting.

Brighton: Steele; Lamptey, Dunk, Webster, Estupinan; March, Gross, Mac Allister, Mitoma; Ferguson, Welbeck.

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Konate, Robertson; Bajcetic, Keita, Thiago; Salah, Gakpo, Elliott.

Brighton vs Liverpool

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Glenn Murray attempts to defend Moises Caicedo, speaking on ITV, suggesting it might be his representatives rather than the player himself trying to force through this move to Arsenal. “We haven’t heard from the player himself,” says Murray.

Except that, unless this was tweeted under duress, then we have:

Brighton vs Liverpool: Roberto De Zerbi speaks before kick-off

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Speaking on ITV, De Zerbi says ahead of kick-off: “Caicedo is a good guy. We will see. We hope he stays with us but this question for the club and Moises. In life you can make mistakes. We will see the best solution for the club, for Caicedo and for us.”

Caicedo price tag set by Brighton after rejecting Arsenal and Chelsea bids

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Latest on Moises Caicedo, whose attempts to force through a late January move to the league leaders have not gone down to well at the Amex:

Brighton set Moises Caicedo price tag after Arsenal and Chelsea bids

On this day in 2013: Liverpool sign Philippe Coutinho

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Liverpool announced the signing of Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan on this day in 2013.

The then 20-year-old had been described as “the future of Inter” by ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez when the Italian giants brought him to Europe from Vasco da Gama aged only 16, but he struggled to establish himself in Italy.

He spent time on loan at Espanyol playing under Mauricio Pochettino in early 2012, but was again on the periphery on his return to Milan, and Inter were persuaded to sell in the January transfer window.

Benitez, who had been sacked by Inter within six months of Coutinho’s arrival at the San Siro, was still a firm believer in the Brazilian’s talents and had recommended him to Liverpool as they sought a young and affordable replacement for Dirk Kuyt.

Benitez was not wrong. Coutinho went on to prosper at Anfield over the next five years.

The first signs he might be on his way came in the summer of 2017 as Barcelona had a bid of £72m rejected, prompting Coutinho to lodge a transfer request.

That was rejected and Coutinho scored his first hat-trick for the club in a 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow in the Champions League, but Barca were still hovering and came back in for him as the January window approached.

An offer of an initial £105m, rising to as much as £142m if certain clauses were met, was too much for Liverpool to say no to for a wantaway player, and he left for the Camp Nou on 6 January 2018.

Philippe Coutinho (left) played alongside Steven Gerrard at Liverpool (Nick Potts/PA) (PA Archive)
Philippe Coutinho (left) played alongside Steven Gerrard at Liverpool (Nick Potts/PA) (PA Archive)

Team news: Moises Caicedo left out of Brighton squad

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Moises Caicedo is, as expected, missing from the Brighton squad to face Liverpool. The Ecuador midfielder wants to leave the club after Arsenal had a £60m bid for him turned down on Friday. Brighton want closer to £90m for the player.

Trent Alexander-Arnold replaced James Milner in Liverpool’s only change from the goalless draw with Chelsea.

Confirmed line-ups

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Brighton: Steele; Lamptey, Dunk, Webster, Estupinan; March, Gross, Mac Allister, Mitoma; Ferguson, Welbeck.

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Konate, Robertson; Bajcetic, Keita, Thiago; Salah, Gakpo, Elliott.

More from Klopp...

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“I think we have showed we really want to go through. We always want to get better and that is what we will do. Brighton are in a really good moment,” added Klopp. “It was still the worst game I have ever seen of a team of mine, that’s still the same thank god as we have played a few games since then...

“We did really well in moments and spells of the games. The first half against Chelsea we were very disciplined and we didn’t give them a lot. We have to do that again against Brighton of course.”

Liverpool must change everything, says Klopp

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Klopp called on his side to be disciplined in defence as they prepared to face Brighton & Hove Albion today in an FA Cup fourth-round tie, weeks after a humiliating 3-0 Premier League loss to the same opponents.

Cup holders Liverpool beat Wolverhampton Wanderers in a replay to set up a clash at Brighton, who have put three goals past the Merseyside club in both league meetings this season.

Earlier this month, Klopp said Liverpool’s league defeat by Brighton was their worst-ever performance during his time at the club, and when asked what they could change in Sunday’s game, he told reporters: “Everything.”

Jurgen Klopp has called on his players to give more (Peter Byrne/PA) (PA Wire)
Jurgen Klopp has called on his players to give more (Peter Byrne/PA) (PA Wire)

Brighton vs Liverpool: FA Cup LIVE

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Follow the Brighton vs Liverpool score and latest updates from the FA Cup fourth round.