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Liverpool vs Brighton and Hove Albion. Premier League.


Liverpool 2

  • L Díaz (27th minute)
  • M Salah (65th minute)

Brighton and Hove Albion 1

  • D Welbeck (2nd minute)

Liverpool 2-1 Brighton: Mo Salah scores winner as Reds come from behind to strengthen Premier League title bid

Report and free match highlights as Brighton stole the lead through Danny Welbeck in opening 87 seconds; Luis Diaz found first-half reply before Mo Salah scored winner; Liverpool edge out in front in Premier League title race after Man City vs Arsenal ended in a goalless draw

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Highlights from the Premier League match between Liverpool and Brighton

Jurgen Klopp registered his 300th win in charge of Liverpool with an enthralling 2-1 victory over Roberto de Zerbi's Brighton to send them top of the Premier League.

Ahead of Manchester City's meeting with Arsenal, which ended in a goalless draw, the Reds had the chance to succeed both fellow title challengers at the summit, but did not enjoy the start they envisaged after falling behind within 87 seconds at Anfield.

Plucky Brighton are deliberately bold in De Zerbi's mould, as proved by Simon Adingra, who flew down the left wing from kick off and fizzed a ball centrally towards Danny Welbeck. The forward benefitted from a ricochet off Pascal Gross, but there was no luck in the finish, as he lashed an instinctive volley inside the far post.

But Liverpool, embroiled in an intriguing three-way title hunt, were not to be denied. Luis Diaz found a response in the 27th minute to halt Brighton's early momentum, capitalising on some clumsy Joel Veltman defending to pounce from close range and steer the ball emphatically beyond Bart Verbruggen.

Luis Diaz equalises for Liverpool against Brighton
Image: Luis Diaz equalises for Liverpool against Brighton

That began Liverpool's impressive road to recovery, as they abandoned their full-throttle first-half approach in favour of more measured, patient build up. It worked. Alexis Mac Allister, at the heart of everything good for the hosts against his former club, threaded a devilish pass through to Mo Salah in the 65th minute and the Egyptian struck the decisive blow.

"Mac Allister is such a smart footballer," Roy Keane reflected on Super Sunday. "I'm hugely impressed with him. Lovely first touch from Salah for the goal. It's sexy football."

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Roy Keane was left purring by Mo Salah's 65th-minute goal, which proved decisive for Liverpool against Brighton

Chances came and went to kill the game dead, particularly for misfiring Salah, who attempted a record 12 shots (his most in a single game), but a one-goal margin of victory will satisfy Klopp as Liverpool crucially hold pace to go top.

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The Reds edge out in front on 67 points, with Arsenal two points adrift and Man City three behind.

Mohamed Salah celebrates after giving Liverpool a 2-1 lead against Brighton
Image: Mohamed Salah celebrates after giving Liverpool a 2-1 lead against Brighton

The goals...

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Danny Welbeck stuns Anfield with opener inside two minutes to give Brighton the lead against Liverpool

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Luis Diaz beats offside trap to level for Liverpool against Brighton

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Mohamed Salah slots home to give Liverpool the lead against Brighton at Anfield

How Liverpool hit back to beat Brighton

Liverpool kick-started the title run-in by sending a message to rivals Man City and Arsenal. They mean business.

This was the seventh time they have come from behind to win in a league game this season - a club record.

Luis Diaz celebrates after equalising for Liverpool against Brighton
Image: Luis Diaz celebrates after equalising for Liverpool against Brighton

A less desirable record concerned Salah, of all people, after his 12 attempts only yielded one goal, but who cares about carelessness when you have scored the all-important decider?

Rather than benefit from not playing for Egypt during the international break, Salah appeared to have suffered from it as it took him almost an hour to unearth his usual sharpness.

It was his sloppy pass which allowed Brighton to take a shock lead inside 90 seconds through Welbeck, after all.

Danny Welbeck celebrates after giving Brighton an early lead at Anfield
Image: Danny Welbeck celebrates after giving Brighton an early lead at Anfield

But, having squandered a number of opportunities in both halves, Salah delivered when it mattered most, guiding home from Mac Allister's delicious through ball for his 22nd strike of the campaign.

Diaz also played his part, while the otherwise under-employed Caoimhin Kelleher pulled off a vital low save to keep out Lewis Dunk's header as Brighton sensed their chance to snatch a draw after Liverpool failed to extend their lead.

Verbruggen produced an even better stop to deny Salah late on as the hosts continued to push for the goal which would have eased the growing tension inside an anxious Anfield.

Nevertheless, Klopp's charges once again demonstrated their title credentials and can be pleased with a productive afternoon's work. They sit top with nine to go.

"We didn't start how we wanted but it was an amazing game against a team I know well. The mentality of the boys is amazing," the brilliant Mac Allister, who epitomised Liverpool's immense spirit, said at the final whistle.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Kelleher (7), Bradley (7), Quansah (7), Van Dijk (7), Gomez (7), Mac Allister (9), Endo (7), Szoboszlai (6), Salah (7), Nunez (6), Diaz (8).

Subs: Elliot (6), Gakpo (n/a), Gravenberch (n/a).

Brighton: Verbruggen (7), Estupinan (6), Van Hecke (7), Dunk (7), Veltman (5), Gross (6), Baleba (6), Adingra (8), Moder (6), Lamptey (6), Welbeck (7).

Subs: Buonanotte (6), Ferguson (6), Lallana (5), Barco (n/a).

Player of the match: Alexis Mac Allister

Verdict: De Zerbi showed Anfield his potential

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Sanny Rudravajhala is joined for Sky Sports by The Guardian's Will Unwin to discuss Liverpool's win against Roberto De Zerbi's Brighton

Yet another fightback pleases Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp believes it was the best his side have played against Brighton under Roberto De Zerbi

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "We dominated in a lot of moments in a way we never have before against Brighton. We played good football and caused problems.

"We cannot calm them down for whole 90 minutes, that's clear. But in so many moments we did really well after a super tricky start. We were not in a rush in our build up, but in our finishing were in a rush.

"We had a lot of moments, but not with real quality. I told the boys at half-time, we have to do a couple of things: high press was really good, and we had to play in similar spaces, but we had to calm down.

"Thankfully, we did that maybe one or two times. In the end I'm really happy with the way we played today. It's all about reacting and if I've learnt something this year it's that we can do these things [come from behind]."

De Zerbi: We proved European pedigree

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Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi insists he's not disappointed with his side's 2-1 defeat to Liverpool as the Seagulls created a handful of chances but threw away an early 1-0 lead

Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi: "We are not disappointed, we are happy for the performance. We are sad for the result but I'm really pleased with the performance.

"Playing like this at Anfield, against one of the best teams in the Premier League is an honour. We showed we are able to compete for a European position.

"We were unlucky in the first goal we conceded. It was a confusing situation. We can suffer against Liverpool, we conceded a lot of shots, but in the end we could have scored in the last 10 minutes. I can't say more for my players."

De Zerbi also addressed a question over his Brighton future amid links to the Liverpool job, which will become vacant this summer: "I have another two years of contract and to work on next season in Brighton. I don't need to extend another year or another two years on the contract. I can stay, I can work in Brighton with the extension, without the extension, nothing change."

Opta: Liverpool the comeback kings

  • Liverpool won a Premier League match which they had been behind in for a seventh time this season, now their most comeback victories in a single campaign.
  • Mo Salah had 12 shots against Brighton today; his most in a single game in the Premier League (254th appearance).
  • Alexis Mac Allister has assisted five goals for Liverpool in the Premier League (24 appearances), equalling his tally in the competition with former club Brighton (five in 98 appearances).

What's next?

Liverpool host Sheffield United on Wednesday night at Anfield, with kick-off at 7.30pm. Attention then turns to a trip to Manchester United at Old Trafford next Sunday, with kick-off at 3.30pm.

Brighton travel to Brentford on Wednesday evening for a 7.30pm kick-off, before facing another title rival in Arsenal next Saturday, live on Sky Sports with kick-off at 5.30pm.

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