Published On: Sat, Jan 12th, 2019

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Liverpool: Mo Salah scores winner from spot

Salah celebrates

Mohamed Salah’s penalty extended Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points after a workmanlike display at Brighton.

Jurgen Klopp’s side dominated with over 70% possession against their cagey hosts but created little until Salah was felled in the area by Pascal Gross.

The Egyptian duly lashed the spot-kick left-footed across his body and high into the net for a 17th goal of the season.

Brighton briefly rallied, with Fabinho – at the heart of Liverpool’s defence for the injured Dejan Lovren – producing a key block to deny Gross in the area.

It helped Liverpool to a gritty win on a day they were far from their fluent best but comfortably lengthened their advantage in the title race, with third-placed Tottenham playing on Sunday and nearest rivals Manchester City not in action until Monday.

‘Mature’ Reds get job done

Klopp embraced Salah at the final whistle after his side had seen off sporadic bursts of pressure from their hosts in the closing stages.

The threat of a third straight defeat was held at bay after defeat to City and an FA Cup loss at Wolves, and the Reds can still boast being without back-to-back league defeats since September 2015.

At the Amex, they demonstrated the efficiency and control of a side capable of winning while not at their best.

Salah – who had just 13 touches in a quiet first half – produced a single moment of game-defining trickery to tangle with Gross, and it proved enough as Liverpool eased to a 13th clean sheet of the season.

Georginio Wijnaldum flashed a shot wide and Salah missed a glorious chance from six yards after a James Milner pullback, which would have provided late breathing space.

But on a day where the heart of Liverpool’s defence was shuffled – with Fabinho joining Virgil van Dijk to cover for injuries – Klopp pointed to an “unbelievably mature” display by his side as they returned to form.

Grown-up Reds set relentless pace

Klopp will also be thrilled by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s completion of 90 minutes after the right-back hurt himself during a fall in the warm-up.

The 20-year-old appeared tentative early on but his presence was key late on when he stretched to flick a Florin Andone cross out of the path of Jurgen Locadia in the area.

It was an example of the occasional opening Brighton created without ever getting a clear sight of the league leaders’ goal.

Klopp said afterwards his side are no longer “childish” in the way they control games as not for the first time this season, they found a win when below par.

The German was quick to state the seven-point gap “means nothing” but the manner in which his side are grinding out results is setting a pace rarely seen at the top of the English game.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 27Button
  • 22Montoya
  • 4Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 3Bong
  • 20MarchSubstituted forKnockaertat 66'minutes
  • 13GroßSubstituted forKayalat 79'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 24Pröpper
  • 9Locadia
  • 17MurraySubstituted forAndoneat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bruno
  • 7Kayal
  • 10Andone
  • 11Knockaert
  • 14Balogun
  • 23Steele
  • 41Sanders

Liverpool

  • 13Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 3Fabinho
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 14Henderson
  • 23ShaqiriSubstituted forMilnerat 72'minutes
  • 9Roberto Firmino
  • 10ManéSubstituted forKeitaat 90'minutes
  • 11SalahSubstituted forOrigiat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Milner
  • 8Keita
  • 18Moreno
  • 22Mignolet
  • 27Origi
  • 32Matip
  • 64Camacho
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
30,682

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home29%
Away71%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home0
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Liverpool 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Liverpool 1.

Hand ball by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Divock Origi replaces Mohamed Salah.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Lewis Dunk tries a through ball, but Shane Duffy is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Naby Keita replaces Sadio Mané.

Attempt missed. Florin Andone (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jürgen Locadia following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James Milner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Attempt blocked. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Hand ball by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mohamed Salah following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Beram Kayal replaces Pascal Groß.

Attempt missed. Florin Andone (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gaëtan Bong with a cross.

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

Florin Andone (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. James Milner replaces Xherdan Shaqiri.

Fabinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Florin Andone (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Sadio Mané.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Alisson.

Attempt missed. Jürgen Locadia (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gaëtan Bong.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Florin Andone replaces Glenn Murray.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Anthony Knockaert replaces Solly March.

Foul by Sadio Mané (Liverpool).

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Hand ball by Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Liverpool: Mo Salah scores winner from spot