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Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Liverpool: Reds maintain pressure on title rivals Manchester City

By Harry PooleBBC Sport
Robert Sanchez collides with Liverpool goalscorer Luis Diaz
Liverpool are unbeaten in 28 league games after scoring first, since losing 3-1 at Leicester in February 2021

Liverpool cut Manchester City's lead to three points with victory at Brighton and extended their winning run to eight Premier League games.

Luis Diaz continued the fine start to his Liverpool career as he raced on to Joel Matip's superb pass and headed past the onrushing Robert Sanchez after 19 minutes.

The Brighton goalkeeper was fortunate not to receive any punishment as he clattered into the Colombian forward, whose celebrations were put on hold as he received treatment following the high challenge.

Mohamed Salah sealed the three points with a second-half penalty awarded after a handball by Yves Bissouma - with the Egypt forward's 20th strike of the campaign bringing up Liverpool's 2,000th Premier League goal.

It is a fifth successive defeat for Brighton, for whom Danny Welbeck went closest to scoring with two minutes remaining but Alisson produced a fine save to avoid any late complications.

Liverpool's victory maintains the pressure on title rivals Manchester City, who travel to Crystal Palace on Monday (20:00 GMT).

Diaz helps Liverpool maintain title push

Brighton 0-2 Liverpool: I don't like to play against Brighton - Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called for a response from his players at Amex Stadium, after they advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals despite defeat by Inter Milan on Tuesday, ending a 12-match winning run in all competitions.

They were initially made to work hard in this latest league win, which leaves them in striking range of City with 10 games remaining for both clubs.

The Reds asserted themselves after a threatening opening 10 minutes from the hosts, though they will feel their task could have been made easier as Sanchez escaped even a booking for his collision with Diaz.

Influential January addition Diaz once again impressed with driving runs and relentless pressing, his second goal for the club a just reward for his efforts - and bravery.

Brighton 0-2 Liverpool: Seagulls gave everything in defeat to Reds

Salah, whose future at the club was once again a hot topic this week, was also denied at close range in the first half and hit the post in the second, before being withdrawn due to injury after 65 minutes.

But the 29-year-old's confidently despatched spot-kick - his 28th goal in all competitions this term - provided breathing space as Brighton produced an albeit fruitless late surge.

A promising season is threatening to unravel for Graham Potter's side, who have now scored once in six games during a dismal run which has seen their hopes of a top-half finish begin to fade.

While Brighton's fightback from two goals down to secure a point at Anfield in October could yet prove a crucial detail in an enthralling title race, there were ultimately no such problems on Saturday for quadruple-chasing Liverpool.

Klopp will await City's response on Monday, with only Arsenal and Watford to come for his side in the league before a meeting with their title rival at Etihad Stadium on 10 April.

Player of the match

DíazLuis Díaz

with an average of 8.83

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number3Player nameCucurella
    Average rating

    5.27

  2. Squad number2Player nameLamptey
    Average rating

    5.26

  3. Squad number14Player nameLallana
    Average rating

    5.10

  4. Squad number10Player nameMac Allister
    Average rating

    5.08

  5. Squad number20Player nameMarch
    Average rating

    5.01

  6. Squad number11Player nameTrossard
    Average rating

    4.96

  7. Squad number5Player nameDunk
    Average rating

    4.89

  8. Squad number18Player nameWelbeck
    Average rating

    4.76

  9. Squad number34Player nameVeltman
    Average rating

    4.75

  10. Squad number9Player nameMaupay
    Average rating

    4.73

  11. Squad number8Player nameBissouma
    Average rating

    4.68

  12. Squad number17Player nameAlzate
    Average rating

    4.67

  13. Squad number13Player nameGroß
    Average rating

    4.65

  14. Squad number1Player nameSánchez
    Average rating

    3.79

Liverpool

  1. Squad number23Player nameDíaz
    Average rating

    8.83

  2. Squad number32Player nameMatip
    Average rating

    8.24

  3. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    8.22

  4. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
    Average rating

    8.08

  5. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk
    Average rating

    8.07

  6. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
    Average rating

    8.06

  7. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    7.89

  8. Squad number3Player nameFabinho
    Average rating

    7.87

  9. Squad number10Player nameMané
    Average rating

    7.79

  10. Squad number14Player nameHenderson
    Average rating

    7.65

  11. Squad number6Player nameThiago Alcántara
    Average rating

    7.55

  12. Squad number8Player nameKeïta
    Average rating

    7.43

  13. Squad number7Player nameMilner
    Average rating

    7.39

  14. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota
    Average rating

    7.37

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Sánchez
  • 2Lamptey
  • 34Veltman
  • 5Dunk
  • 3Cucurella
  • 17AlzateSubstituted forLallanaat 45'minutesSubstituted forGroßat 53'minutes
  • 8BissoumaBooked at 55minsSubstituted forWelbeckat 66'minutes
  • 20March
  • 10Mac AllisterBooked at 75mins
  • 11Trossard
  • 9MaupayBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 12Mwepu
  • 13Groß
  • 14Lallana
  • 15Moder
  • 18Welbeck
  • 23Steele
  • 24Duffy
  • 38McGill
  • 42Leonard

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 32Matip
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 14HendersonSubstituted forMilnerat 86'minutes
  • 3FabinhoBooked at 84mins
  • 8KeïtaSubstituted forThiago Alcántaraat 65'minutes
  • 11SalahSubstituted forJotaat 65'minutes
  • 10Mané
  • 23Díaz

Substitutes

  • 6Thiago Alcántara
  • 7Milner
  • 9Firmino
  • 12Gomez
  • 17Jones
  • 20Jota
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 62Kelleher
  • 67Elliott
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
31,474

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away18
Shots on Target
Home3
Away9
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Liverpool 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Liverpool 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tariq Lamptey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Leandro Trossard.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Welbeck (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Mac Allister.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joel Matip (Liverpool) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Marc Cucurella.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Alisson.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Cucurella.

  9. Post update

    Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Fabinho (Liverpool).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luis Díaz (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thiago.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Alisson.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Solly March with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Joel Matip.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. James Milner replaces Jordan Henderson.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

  17. Booking

    Fabinho (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Fabinho (Liverpool).

  20. Post update

    Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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