Mohamed Salah’s second-half penalty was enough for Liverpool to secure a 1-0 over Brighton at the Amex Stadium.
Both sides had decent opportunities to score in the opening 15 minutes, as Robert Firmino perhaps should’ve done better with Andy Robertson’s cross, while at the other end, Glenn Murray could only direct a header over at the other end from only 11 yards out.
In a half dominated by Liverpool possession, Jurgen Klopp’s side failed to break down a resolute Brighton outfit, with Xherdan Shaqiri’s glancing header that went narrowly wide on the half-hour mark the closest the Reds came as both teams went into the interval on level terms.
Liverpool began the second period with the vigour their opening 45 minutes lacked, and took the lead through a Mohamed Salah penalty five minutes after the restart, after the Egyptian was
hauled to the ground by Pascal Gross inside the area.
Gross almost made amends eight minutes later, although his effort was blocked well by makeshift centre-back Fabinho, before Alisson took no chances to turn Jurgen Locadia’s strike from distance round the post.
Georginio Wijnaldum saw a strike from distance whistle past David Button’s post in the final ten minutes, before Salah fluffed his lines two minutes from time with a scuffed finish, but it didn’t matter as Liverpool held on for the win.
After producing an organised performance in the opening 45 minutes that would’ve delighted Chris Hughton, the five minutes after the restart undid all the Seagulls’ hard work, and probably angered the Brighton boss in the process.