De Zerbi vows to turn Brighton into an attacking force

‘I am not afraid to add one more striker!’: New boss Roberto De Zerbi vows to turn Brighton into an attacking force after Leandro Trossard’s hat-trick earned a dramatic draw at Liverpool in his first game

  • Brighton drew 3-3 at Liverpool in a dramatic first game for their new manager
  • Roberto De Zerbi was appointed following Graham Potter’s exit to Chelsea
  • De Zerbi told Leandro Trossard he needed to score more and he got a hat-trick
  • New manager said he isn’t afraid to commit extra players into his attack 

Leandro Trossard responded to a gee-up from manager Roberto De Zerbi with an Anfield hat-trick as Brighton’s new boss vowed to turn The Seagulls into an attacking force post-Graham Potter.

De Zerbi marked his Seagulls debut with a dramatic 3-3 draw at Liverpool and promises more thrills along the way.

‘I don’t know if I am a good head coach but I am a very brave one,’ said the 43-year-old Italian. ‘I am not worried to add one more striker even if I respect a team like Liverpool.

Leandro Trossard scored a hat-trick at Anfield as Brighton drew 3-3 with Liverpool on Saturday

It was certainly an eventful first match in charge for the new Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi

‘Graham Potter left me a great team and I tried not to make any damage but of course I will add my ideas on top. If you are asking me how I can improve the performance, we have to play much more with the ball.

‘In the first half, we managed to make passes against a very strong team and we had the possibility to score more.

‘It is really hard to control all the game in the Premier League, only Manchester City is doing that. Our target is to start to control much more of the game.’

Virgil van Dijk was unable to stop Trossard from getting on the scoresheet three times

The 27-year-old gave Brighton a two-goal lead before they were pegged back. Liverpool then went 3-2 ahead but Trossard completed his treble to earn the Seagulls a point

On Belgian forward Trossard, he added: ‘Leandro is a crack (top player). He is a very good player.

‘When he was with the national team, I sent him a message that he should increase the number of goals. I don’t think he has finished!

‘I believe he can do even better, not because I am not happy, but because I consider him a great, great player.’

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