Salah steadies Liverpool’s EPL nerves with win at Brighton

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BRIGHTON, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah scored from the penalty spot as Liverpool steadied its title-chasing nerves with a 1-Zero win at Brighton within the Premier League on Saturday.

Salah struck his 14th league purpose of the season to place Liverpool seven factors forward of second-placed Manchester Metropolis, which hosts Wolverhampton on Monday.

Liverpool went into the sport with back-to-back defeats to Metropolis within the league, and Wolverhampton within the FA Cup.

Juergen Klopp’s males labored all through, unable to generate something like their trademark attacking zeal towards Brighton, however nonetheless had sufficient to assert all three factors.

After a good first half, Liverpool wanted simply 4 minutes to interrupt the impasse after the restart, however the opener got here courtesy of clumsy dwelling defending slightly than gorgeous attacking play.

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Salah outsmarted Pascal Gross on the flip within the field, drew an affordable foul from the normally unflappable German after which transformed the penalty.

Liverpool can have been inspired by midfielder Fabinho’s assured exhibiting as an emergency middle again, particularly with Joel Matip working again to health.

A listless Liverpool spent loads of vitality pointing, gesticulating and shifting the ball round from deep in a low-key first half. Liverpool’s finest likelihood got here when Xherdan Shaqiri’s header brushed the bottom of the put up.

An unmarked Glenn Murray headed excessive over the bar in Brighton’s sole likelihood of the half, however the regimented Seagulls would have been glad sufficient on the interval.

Eager to make amends for conceding the penalty, Gross popped up within the different field to place in a neat strike — just for Fabinho to drag off a superb block.

Roberto Firmino fired straight at David Button from 20 yards, Georginio Wijnaldum drove large and each Sadio Mane and Salah fluffed superb late probabilities.

Brighton is within the backside half of the desk with 26 factors after 22 rounds.

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