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. 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.

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