Liverpool returnes to winning ways by edging past Brighton 1-0 at the Amex Stadium to restore a seven point lead at the top of the table, with champions Manchester City to play on Monday night.
Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the game to seal a hard-fought win for the Reds.
In a first half of pure frustration, Jurgen Klopp’s men struggled to carve out chances, partly because of the defensive sturdiness shown by the Brighton players. However, Xherdan Shaqiri had a chance to open the scoring when he was well found by Trent Alexander-Arnold. The former glanced his header just wide.
At the start of the second half, Liverpool stepped their game up and created more chances.
Eventually, some good work by Salah in the box forced Pascal Gross into making a bad challenge and give away a stonewall penalty.
The Egyptian then clinically tucked the spot kick away to seal the points.
Here’s how we rated the Liverpool players.
Alisson - 7
He didn’t have a save to make but his general play was good.
Trent Alexander-Arnold - 7
Considering he was playing after falling down in the warm up, his performance was a testament to his commitment levels. A composed performance.
Fabinho - 8
Second game in a row at centre-back for the Brazilian and he coped up well. Looked solid throughout.
Virgil van Dijk - 9
He is a real leader at the back, one who helps the defence to be solid and yearn for clean sheets. Another one of those performances from the Dutchman.
Andy Robertson - 7
His runs forward were always a threat and the Scot did his defensive job well.
Jordan Henderson - 7
Ticked the midfield and tried to keep the team moving forward.
Georginio Wijnaldum - 7
Just like Henderson, ticked the play over and tried to keep the team in possession.
Xherdan Shaqiri - 6
Inches wide from opening the scoring in the first half. Didn’t quite happen for the Swiss during the time he was on the pitch. Subbed off
Roberto Firmino - 7
Could have done better with a chance early on but it was tough. The Brazilian kept on trying and probe at the Brighton defence.
Sadio Mane - 7
He is always on the move to make things happen but the final ball wasn’t there.
Mohamed Salah - 7
The Egyptian was non-existent in the first half but came out second half, won the penalty, scored it and looked a real threat from then on.
(SUB) James Milner - 6
Came on to shore things up and almost made the goal for Salah. The latter missed a sitter though.
(SUB) Naby Keita - N/A
Came on very late.
(SUB) Divock Origi - N/A
Came on in the dying embers of the game.
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