Liverpool moved within touching distance of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after a 2-0 win over Brighton.
The Seagulls fought off two goals behind to force a draw at Anfield in October but there was no slippage from Jurgen Klopp’s side this time as they left the south coast with a full three points.
A Luis Diaz header gave Liverpool the lead in the first half – but the striker received a heavy blow in the process when Robert Sanchez darted off the touchline. However, VAR reconsidered the ruling that there was no red card for the goalkeeper.
Mohamed Salah’s second-half penalty doubled Liverpool’s advantage and they saw the rest of the game with relative ease to go within three points of Manchester City, with a game in hand. .
Liverpool enjoyed their eighth consecutive Premier League win, a game in which they scored 21 goals and conceded just two, as they overcame their first home defeat in a year to Inter Milan in the Champions League. .
Brighton’s poor form continued as they lost their fifth consecutive game – and they have failed to add to their poor tally of goals in the last five.
The Seagulls started off brilliantly, and most recently scored in the first five minutes when Alexis Mac Allister crossed for Neal Maupay, who tried his luck from the edge of the box but missed the target.
Klopp said before the game he expected a reaction after the Reds suffered their third loss of the season to Inter in midweek, but they managed to go through before Diaz gave Liverpool the lead in the 20th minute. .
Diaz bravely headed the ball into the net before being hurled out of goal by Sanchez, the medics waved and watched VAR then allowed the controversial keeper to remain on the field.
Salah had the opportunity to score another goal against Liverpool just before half-time, when Virgil Van Dijk headed home the Egyptian from a corner in the box, but his effort went over the bar. .
Just before the break, Liverpool were in control of the ball, and Sanchez had to save a clever slot from Salah after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross, but the home team struggled to create it. goal.
Immediately after half-time, Leandro Trossard had a chance to equalize from 14 yards in the middle of the box, but his effort went over the bar.
Salah then scored his 20th goal of the season, his fourth in five years at the club, from the penalty spot – minutes after the effort hit the crossbar.
Referee Mike Dean pointed to the scoring after Naby Keita’s volley hit Yves Bissouma’s arm as the Brighton player avoided a second golden goal.
Salah stepped up to take the penalty and shot past Sanchez. That was his final impact on the game – after going down and getting treatment, he was replaced by Diogo Jota shortly after.
Liverpool watched calmly for the rest of the game, as neither side had a significant chance to change the score.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/luiz-diaz-and-mo-salah-goals-see-brighton-off-as-liverpool-reduce-gap-at-top-to-three-41439306.html Goals from Luiz Diaz and Mo Salah see off Brighton as Liverpool reduce the gap to the top of the table to three