Leandro Trossard etched his name into the Premier League history books in more ways than one as Liverpool and Brighton & Hove Albion played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at Anfield this afternoon.
The 27-year-old Belgian forward, who scored Brighton’s fastest goal in this season’s competition after just 3:47 minutes, joins an exclusive group of visiting players.
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Trossard’s first-ever hat-trick in England’s top division puts him in an exclusive club of just three men alongside Coventry striker Peter Ndlovu (1995) and Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin (2009) as opposing players to leave Liverpool’s hallowed home with the match ball after a Premier League game. One of the rarest achievements a player can complete in the competition.
That said, it’s two more than Old Trafford has endured, with Mohamed Salah last season becoming the first non-Manchester United player to register a Premier League hat-trick at the Theatre of Dreams.
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In the week Reds head coach Jurgen Klopp came to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s defence after he was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s squad to face Germany, it was another outing to forget for the marauding right-back. Trossard and company feasted down Alexander-Arnold’s side with him completing his improbable treble with seven minutes remaining on the clock. That effort ultimately salvaged a point, though it could have been even better.
Taking charge of his first Premier League game, Roberto De Zerbi saw his men race into a 2-0 lead. Liverpool responded through a Roberto Firmino double before Adam Webster inadvertently put the ball into his own net.
By claiming a point, De Zerbi prevented a fate that befell five previous coaches. Like the Italian tactician, David Pleat, Chris Hutchings, Ronald Koeman, Daniel Farke and Marcelo Bielsa made their Premier League managerial debut at Anfield – but all did so in a losing effort.
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Trossard’s effort saw him nearly double his tally for the season. He’s now on five, which matches two previous campaign totals (2019/20 and 2020/21). Last term, the former Genk academy graduate produced his best Premier League return with eight goals.
It’s one facet of his game he could improve, which De Zerbi gleefully noted following a debut to remember. “When he was in the national team I sent a message to him and I told him he needs to increase the number of his goals and I think he made me happy,” he told BBC Sport.
Next up for Brighton is a visit from Tottenham while Liverpool seeks to end a two-game Premier League winless run at leaders Arsenal.