Though Liverpool wasn’t clinical enough at the final third of the pitch, they were able to pick an all-important three points at the Amex Stadium on Saturday courtesy of an half-time penalty goal from Mohamed Salah.
The Reds were four points ahead of Manchester City in the race for the Premier League trophy and its very important they avoid losing points against the Seagulls.
Before the game
Liverpool had at least four players on the sideline due to injury and almost all of them were defenders. Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Joel Matip were unfit for the game.
The injury crisis forced Klopp into converting summer signing Fabinho to a centre-back prior to the the game.
During the game (first half)
First half didn’t experience many goalscoring opportunities as the Seagulls were resolute in their defensive abilities.
Brighton didn’t have much of the ball as expected but they never give the Reds any chance to aim at goal nor score goal.
The Reds, who were beaten in their last two encounters in all competitions, were settling for another quiet night as they couldn’t break the deadlock in the opening half of the game.
As for Brighton, Gross saw his goal-bound effort blocked by Fabinho in the first 30 minutes of the night.
They didn’t have another noticeable effort on goal throughout the opening period.
The second period of the game almost went the same way as the the first half.
However, the largely quiet Salah — who touched the ball just 30 times during the first half — was brought down in the box by the lively Gross.
The Egyptian was on ground to score the resulting spot kick to bring his tally to 17 goals so far this season.
The home side were forced to search for an equalizer having conceded the first goal of the night but none of their shots went beyond Alisson Becker‘s mighty hands.
Instead, Brighton’s defence were left opened to more danger as Mohamed Salah saw another glorious chance to double the lead but his shot went wide.
Wijnaldum was also a culprit of a missed chance in the latter stages of the game as the Reds eventually carry the day by a one-goal margin.
What next for Salah and Liverpool?
With the result, the Reds are seven points ahead of Manchester City who will be in action against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday. Brighton are now in the 12th position with 26 points from 22 games.
Liverpool next epl fixture will be at home against Crystal Palace and the Reds will be hoping for Mohamed Salah to be in his best run of form so they can be guaranteed of 60 points at the top of the table next weekend.