Brighton 0-1 Liverpool: Salah strikes from the penalty spot to finish crucial slim victory

Call it a blip. Or a dive. Or a slump. Or a wobble. It does not matter anymore. Whatever it was, it is over. In the Premier League defeated by Manchester City and knocked out in the FA Cup by Wolves in the last nine days, Liverpool closed a strong victory on the south coast against a well-organized team from Brighton that had not lost in four games.

It was not beautiful and it was not smooth, but it does not matter. The only thing that counted was that Liverpool proved that at the first sign of adversity they did not go too low on their knees. The only thing that counted was that they resounded. The only thing that mattered was the three points.

It is just like when you fall off the horse & # 39 ;, said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after the game. & # 39; The best way to ride again is to get back on the horse right away. We did not make a big fuss about it when we lost. I am completely satisfied with the way we have done it and now we have moved on. & # 39;

Mohamed Salah stepped to the penalty spot to hit the ball home and put Liverpool 1-0 in the Amex Stadium

Mohamed Salah stepped to the penalty spot to hit the ball home and put Liverpool 1-0 in the Amex Stadium

Salah had cut himself in and danced into the area through defenders before he was brought to earth by Pascal Gross

Salah had cut himself in and danced into the area through defenders before he was brought to earth by Pascal Gross

Salah had cut himself in and danced into the area through defenders before he was brought to earth by Pascal Gross

Referee Kevin Friend did not hesitate to point to the spot because the Liverpool players immediately appealed to the foul

Referee Kevin Friend did not hesitate to point to the spot because the Liverpool players immediately appealed to the foul

Referee Kevin Friend did not hesitate to point to the spot because the Liverpool players immediately appealed to the foul

Georginio Wijnaldum congratulated Salah on winning the pen, while Lewis Dunk seemed empty to see that the mistake had been penalized

Georginio Wijnaldum congratulated Salah on winning the pen, while Lewis Dunk seemed empty to see that the mistake had been penalized

Georginio Wijnaldum congratulated Salah on winning the pen, while Lewis Dunk seemed empty to see that the mistake had been penalized

The Egyptian ran to Liverpool's traveling supporters behind the Brighton goal with his arms straight after scoring

The Egyptian ran to Liverpool's traveling supporters behind the Brighton goal with his arms straight after scoring

The Egyptian ran to Liverpool's traveling supporters behind the Brighton goal with his arms straight after scoring

Salah roared from the party after breaking the impasse while the protrusion broke out in happy scenes

Salah roared from the party after breaking the impasse while the protrusion broke out in happy scenes

Salah roared from the party after breaking the impasse while the protrusion broke out in happy scenes

Captain Jordan Henderson joined the attacker and announced his relief that Liverpool had continued

Captain Jordan Henderson joined the attacker and announced his relief that Liverpool had continued

Captain Jordan Henderson joined the attacker and announced his relief that Liverpool had continued

The goal meant a lot to supporters of the road, who were desperate to see their party returning to winning roads in the competition

The goal meant a lot to supporters of the road, who were desperate to see their party returning to winning roads in the competition

The goal meant a lot to supporters of the road, who were desperate to see their party returning to winning roads in the competition

Salah was quickly harassed by his teammates in Liverpool, when supporters for the Egyptian called out a chant

Salah was quickly harassed by his teammates in Liverpool, when supporters for the Egyptian called out a chant

Salah was quickly harassed by his teammates in Liverpool, when supporters for the Egyptian called out a chant

CONTEST FACTS, LIVE LEAGUE TABLE AND MATCH ZONE

Brighton and Hove Albion (4-5-1): Button 6; Montoya 5, Dunk 6, Duffy 7, Bong 6.5; March 5 (Knockaert 65, 5), Gross 5 (Kayal 78, 6), Stephens 6, Propper 5, Locadia 5; Murray 5.5 (Andone 65, 5)

Subs not used: Steele, Bruno, Balogun, Sanders

Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Alisson 6; Alexander-Arnold 6, Fabinho 7, Van Dijk 8, Robertson 7.5; Henderson 6.5, Wijnaldum 6; Shaqiri 6 (Milner 71, 6), Firmino 7.5, Mane 7 (Keita 88, 6); Salah 7.5 (Origi 90, 5)

Subs not used: Mignolet, Moreno, Matip, Camacho

TARGET: Salah pen 50

REFEREE: Kevin Friend 6.5

Spectators: 30,682

MOTM: Salah

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Liverpool worked the ball in the area before Mo Salah converted from the spot. CLICK HERE to see more in the MATCH ZONE of Sportsmail.

Liverpool worked the ball in the area before Mo Salah converted from the spot. CLICK HERE to see more in the MATCH ZONE of Sportsmail.

Liverpool worked the ball in the area before Mo Salah converted from the spot. CLICK HERE to see more Sportsmail & # 39; s MATCH ZONE.

They are now seven points at the top, at least until Spurs Manchester United plays on Sunday afternoon and City face Wolves on Etihad on Monday-evening. If one of their pursuers expected a collapse of Liverpool, the victory at the Amex would have cooled their enthusiasm.

The side of Klopp was far from his best, but his players treated the pressure well. They knew it was vital to prevent more points from falling because City saw more vulnerable places and they did the job. It was not an exhibition of fluid football, but Klopp did not care.

We are not the Harlem Globetrotters, & # 39; he said. & # 39; We must book results. It was not easy, because Brighton is doing very well. & # 39;

The 1-0 victory was won with a penalty from Mo Salah after he had suppressed Pascal Gross in the second half and was beaten down, but it was built on another titanic display by Virgil van Dijk, which was described by Mats Hummels for the game as the best defender in the world. & # 39; It's nice when these guys compliment each other & # 39 ;, said Klopp. & # 39; That's cool. & # 39;

Van Dijk's command in the air and his composure on the floor formed the basis of Liverpool's victory, although the Brighton fans preferred referee Kevin Friend for awarding the penalty and a perceived bias towards the league leaders. & # 39; A zero for the referee, & # 39; they sang towards the end, but Liverpool did not mind. The ship has stabilized.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton immediately began barking commands to his players after restarting the game

Brighton manager Chris Hughton immediately began barking commands to his players after restarting the game

Brighton manager Chris Hughton immediately began barking commands to his players after restarting the game

The Egyptian was annoying for the seagulls, which marked him heavily for the rest of the race

The Egyptian was annoying for the seagulls, which marked him heavily for the rest of the race

The Egyptian was annoying for the seagulls, which marked him heavily for the rest of the race

The home team seemed to be fighting their way back to the match, with Dale Stephens giving a big challenge to Salah

The home team seemed to be fighting their way back to the match, with Dale Stephens giving a big challenge to Salah

The home team seemed to be fighting their way back to the match, with Dale Stephens giving a big challenge to Salah

Roberto Firmino looked to keep the ball in the corner while the clocked tapped down and Liverpool held their slim lead

Roberto Firmino looked to keep the ball in the corner while the clocked tapped down and Liverpool held their slim lead

Roberto Firmino looked to keep the ball in the corner while the clocked tapped down and Liverpool held their slim lead

Attacker Glenn Murray was looking forward to closing Liverpool-keeper Alisson at every opportunity, to prevent the Reds from being played out

Attacker Glenn Murray was looking forward to closing Liverpool-keeper Alisson at every opportunity, to prevent the Reds from being played out

Attacker Glenn Murray was looking forward to closing Liverpool-keeper Alisson at every opportunity, to prevent the Reds from being played out

Virgil van Dijk was a dominant presence in the air for the side of Jurgen Klopp while they were holding a clean slate

Virgil van Dijk was a dominant presence in the air for the side of Jurgen Klopp while they were holding a clean slate

Virgil van Dijk was a dominant presence in the air for the side of Jurgen Klopp while they were holding a clean slate

Salah twisted with Gaetan Bong in the opening phase when Liverpool looked to get a foot in the game

Salah twisted with Gaetan Bong in the opening phase when Liverpool looked to get a foot in the game

Salah twisted with Gaetan Bong in the opening phase when Liverpool looked to get a foot in the game

Before the game, Klopp had reacted amused to talk about a crisis because his team had suffered two consecutive defeats. Until the turn of the year he pointed out that people had told him that Liverpool had built up an untouchable lead in the competition.

& # 39; Nothing happened, & # 39; said Klopp. & # 39; Every team in the world can lose in Man City. So we talked about why, what we did, what happened, what we could have done better – of course, but that's the way we always do it. And then we went further. & # 39;

Liverpool came close to opening the score in the 10th minute when Fabinho, playing as a provisional middle class, spread a long pass wide to Andy Robertson on the left side of Liverpool. Robertson is one of the best crossers of the ball in the league and his curling pass was measured for Roberto Firmino to run, only for the Brazilian who drove forward to cut the ball from a distance of six meters wide.

Brighton kept its opponents at bay halfway through the half when the pressure of Liverpool was almost re-told. The movement began, as Liverpool had already done, with a perfect fit from Van Dijk to Robertson and the ball was worked over the front of the Brighton box to Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right.

There were suggestions that Alexander-Arnold had sprained an ankle during the warm-up and that his participation in the game was questionable, but he showed little sign of discomfort when he turned to Gaetan Bong and curled a left foot cross in the box. Xherdan Shaqiri drove up to meet him and looked at David Button's right post, but it flashed wide.

International Fabinho from Brazil was flagged off as an impromptu middle, with Joel Matip not being considered fit enough to start the equalizer

International Fabinho from Brazil was flagged off as an impromptu middle, with Joel Matip not being considered fit enough to start the equalizer

International Fabinho from Brazil was flagged off as an impromptu middle, with Joel Matip not being considered fit enough to start the equalizer

Klopp looked over the Brighton team and examined their approach during the warm-up before the game

Klopp looked over the Brighton team and examined their approach during the warm-up before the game

Klopp looked over the Brighton team and examined their approach during the warm-up before the game

It was a rare chance for both parties. A lot had already been done before the game of air domination of both defenses. Shane Duffy had made 91 clearances this season before the game started, the biggest part of every defender in the league. Van Dijk had won more air attacks than any defender in the competition. It was no surprise that high balls in the box did not bring much joy.

Liverpool started the second half with more conviction and Salah went close after a mistake by Dunk had given up the possession. It was a short delay. Four minutes after the break, Mane played the ball to Salah in the box and he passed Gross.

When Salah gave form to shoot, he was brought down from the back by Gross and Mr. Friend pointed to the penalty spot. Salah's movement in the box is so sharp that he recently won a succession of punishments and when he tried to come forward, he sent him confidently past Knoop, who judged the right direction but was defeated by the pace of the ball. Brighton insisted on an equalizer as well as they could, but Liverpool could always keep them at bay.

"I thought we played well against the country's best team", said Brighton manager Chris Hughton. & # 39; They are at the top of the table, so that goes without saying. They are in the pole position and I think they are favorites. & # 39;

When the last whistle blew, Klopp turned to Salah, who had been replaced a minute earlier, and wrapped him in a bear cuddle. Liverpool has speed again. The end is over.

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