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SportBrighton and Hove Albion 0 Liverpool 1: Salah holds nerve to get Reds back on track

19:05  12 january  2019
19:05  12 january  2019 Source:   goal.com

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Mohamed Salah sets a Premier League scoring record as Liverpool seal a place in next season's Champions League by beating Brighton . Second Half begins Liverpool 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0 .

FULL TIME: Liverpool 1 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion . Liverpool get the scrappy win. Brighton continue to hold their shape. They’ve been extremely impressive in stopping Liverpool from doing It’s not been a vintage Liverpool display; Brighton will therefore be hopeful of getting something out

Brighton and Hove Albion 0 Liverpool 1: Salah holds nerve to get Reds back on track © Getty Images Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah won and converted a decisive 50th-minute penalty as Liverpool returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Title rivals Manchester City trimmed the gap at the summit to four points when they beat the Reds' 2-1 last week and a much-changed XI were then knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolves.

But Jurgen Klopp's men restored a seven-point advantage thanks to the excellent Salah, having bided their time in the face of an often-impeccable defensive display from Brighton.

City host Wolves on Monday, by which time Tottenham will have had the chance to conquer Manchester United and close to within six of Liverpool.

Four Findings: Brighton 0-1 Liverpool

Four Findings: Brighton 0-1 Liverpool The Reds finally got back onto the pitch after their first loss in the league and an exit from the FA Cup. While not at their flying best, Liverpool still had enough to beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 at the Amex Stadium. It was clear from the start that patience would be required for Liverpool to get back to winning ways. The home side were content to let the Reds have the ball while dropping deep and looking to frustrate the league-leading visitors. The Seagulls’ strategy worked well, especially through the first half. Despite having the majority of the possession and some solid sequences of passing, Liverpool struggled to break down Brighton.

Liverpool 4, Brighton and Hove Albion 0 . Andrew Robertson ( Liverpool ) left footed shot from the Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion . Dale Stephens tries a through ball, but Solly March is caught Twenty minutes have been played but Mohamed Salah is yet to get a chance for his 32nd goal of the

Mohamed Salah sets a Premier League scoring record as Liverpool seal a place in next season's Champions League by beating Brighton . Second Half begins Liverpool 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0 .

Fabinho was deployed as an emergency centre-back for the visitors and his raking pass allowed Andrew Robertson to deliver a teasing cross from the left, with Roberto Firmino unable to slide home.

Room for Liverpool's attacking players to operate between a compact Brighton defence and midfield was sparing, but Sadio Mane engineered some in the 27th minute for Trent Alexander-Arnold to whip into the box and Xherdan Shaqiri to glance just wide.

Jordan Henderson found space for Liverpool's next headed attempt as Lewis Dunk made the block.

Salah escaped the shackles to force a save from David Button early in the second half and a jinking dribble from the Egypt star moments later drew a clumsy foul from Pascal Gross.

Button guessed correctly but was beaten for power.

Sturridge missed Brighton win with virus

Sturridge missed Brighton win with virus Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge missed the team’s 1-0 win against Brighton and Hove Albion with a virus, according to Melissa Reddy. Twitter: Daniel Sturridge is ruled out due to a virus. https://t.co/ZnbmuLdjnp (@MelissaReddy_) The forward was not included in the 18-man matchday squad by Jurgen Klopp as the Reds got back to winning ways in the Premier League. A penalty from Mohamed Salah just after half-time was enough to seal a crucial win for Liverpool as they extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points, with Manchester City having a game in hand.

FULL TIME: Liverpool 1 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion . Liverpool get the scrappy win. Brighton continue to hold their shape. They’ve been extremely impressive in stopping Liverpool from doing It’s not been a vintage Liverpool display; Brighton will therefore be hopeful of getting something out

Mohamed Salah continued his goal-a-game ratio at Anfield as Liverpool overcame Brighton and Hove Albion 1 - 0 in The Reds soon took the lead as James Milner robbed Yves Bissouma high up the field and the ball was worked to Pat on the back : Fab three provide cutting edge when it counts.

Fabinho's first significant piece of defensive work came before the hour when he blocked from Gross, while Alisson took no chances in pushing Jurgen Locadia's speculative attempt around the post.

Georginio Wijnaldum lashed just wide 10 minutes from time and Salah uncharacteristically missed from close range when set up by substitute James Milner, but his earlier intervention proved to be enough.

What does it mean? Wobble ends for Klopp's men

Losing football matches can sometimes become a habit as tricky to shake as the winning addiction Liverpool operated with during the second half of 2018. The cup loss at Wolves on the back of their reverse at City is set to be a footnote in the Reds' season, but it would only have been human to feel nerves when this game was goalless at the interval. But they can relax again, for now, in the knowledge that City lost twice in December when they played later in the matchweek than Liverpool.

Robertson defends Salah amid diving accusations

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Liverpool vs Brighton and Hove Albion . Liverpool 1 - 0 Brighton : Mohamed Salah ' strike sends Jurgen Klopp's side top. With Henderson getting closer and closer to full match fitness, Klopp will have some difficult decisions to make in the coming weeks with Wijnaldum in this kind of form.

Our experts analyse a third consecutive win for Liverpool , as Mo Salah ’s clinical first -half finish seals victory over Brighton to send Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool made it three wins from three and went top of the Premier League table with this victory over Brighton . Brighton and Hove Albion .

Salah lifts Liverpool with second-half salvo

Brighton's faultless defensive organisation got them through the first half with relatively few worries. At that point, Salah decided to take matters into his own hands. In the period immediately after the break – either side of winning and netting the game-breaking penalty – the superstar forward dropped deep and roved, breaking lines and Albion's otherwise unwavering concentration. He elevated himself above everyone else on the field to get Liverpool's title charge back on track.

Lumbering Locadia blunts Brighton attack

Chris Hughton's ploy of targeting the right-hand side of Liverpool's defence – where Alexander-Arnold appeared short of full fitness outside Fabinho – might have borne fruit had Locadia displayed a surer touch and avoided straying offside at untimely moments. If two goals in as many games after Christmas were a couple of steps forward for the ex-PSV forward, this outing was one backwards.

What's next?

Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace and their former boss Roy Hodgson to Anfield next weekend, when Brighton face another tough test away at Manchester United.

Henderson draws comparisons between Salah and Suarez.
Jordan Henderson believes Mohamed Salah has the same strength of character as former Liverpool great Luis Suarez. Salah has found himself coming in for criticism this season, with many of the view that he is going down too easily to win penalties. Having been such a universally likeable figure last season, it has seen his popularity drop, whether harshly or not. Salah has been booed by away supporters – something the controversial Suarez endlessly experienced during his time at Anfield.

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