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SportFour Findings: Brighton 0-1 Liverpool

00:55  13 january  2019
00:55  13 january  2019 Source:   readsport.co

Van Dijk trains ahead of Brighton clash

Van Dijk trains ahead of Brighton clash Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been given a massive boost ahead of his side’s clash with Brighton this weekend, as Virgil Van Dijk has trained this week. Van Dijk was left out of the Liverpool squad for the third round of the FA Cup as Klopp watched his side lose 2-1 to Wolves on Monday night. Klopp said that Van Dijk was struggling with a minor injury, but the Dutchman appears to be over his knock. The Liverpool Echo has confirmed that Van Dijk has trained this week and should be fully fit to face Brighton. Liverpool have a four point lead at the top of the Premier League as it stands, despite losing 2-1 to 2nd-place Manchester City last week.

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Liverpool would have slipped out of the top four had they lost and Chelsea beaten Newcastle, but they made sure the Blues' result - a Revenge over United came in the shape of a 1 - 0 win that confirmed their Premier League status on 4 May, and survival was always the only aim for Brighton this season

Four Findings: Brighton 0-1 Liverpool © Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Sport Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool FC - Premier League

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.

Dejan Lovren to miss Brighton clash

Dejan Lovren to miss Brighton clash Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren will miss his side’s clash with Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend it has been confirmed, the Mirror reports. Lovren was replaced just four minutes into the Reds’ clash with Wolves on Monday night in the third-round of the FA Cup after suffering a hamstring injury. Liverpool went on to lose 2-1 at Molineux and it has now been confirmed that the defender will also have to miss their upcoming fixture with Brighton. No timescale has yet been put on the Croatian’s return and he could be deemed fit for his side’s match with Crystal Palace the following week.

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Liverpool 4 , Brighton 0 : One More to Go. New, 37 comments. So, with what looked on paper to be a straightforward path clinching a Top Four finish over the last few weeks, Reds fans began to share sad Ben Affleck memes and mutter Simon & Garfunkel songs to themselves as Liverpool managed

Despite having the majority of the possession and some solid sequences of passing, Liverpool struggled to break down Brighton. Despite some promising moments, the Reds failed to get a shot on target unit the second half. There was threat and intent but far from any finish.

The second half saw Liverpool spring to life with more urgency. With Mo Salah leading the line, the Reds restarted brightly. It only took a few minutes before Brighton’s Pascal Gross bungled into Salah from behind in the area, resulting in a penalty kick. The Egyptian fired home from the spot with authority.

From that point, the result was never really in doubt. Liverpool used the ball to command the game for most of the duration. The home side mustered a short flurry toward the end but never really threatened and Liverpool reasserted a seven-point lead atop the table.

Here are four findings from the match.

Milner calls for Liverpool response.
James Milner called for Premier League leaders Liverpool to respond to their recent "blips".

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