REPORT | Brighton 1-3 Liverpool: Early goals lay groundwork for much-needed away win

A dream start to the game for Liverpool was followed by a strong Brighton resurgence, but Mohamed Salah’s second of the game put the result beyond all doubt on the south coast. DANIEL MOXON reports.

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After failing to score in any of their previous five away games in all competitions, Liverpool got back to winning ways on the road with a 3-1 victory over an impressive Brighton and Hove Albion side.

The Reds went 2-0 up within seven minutes at the Amex Stadium and from there it looked like Jürgen Klopp’s side would go on to embarrass the hosts.

But Graham Potter’s Seagulls were daring and brought themselves back into the game, equalising just before half-time through Leandro Trossard and putting the Liverpool defence under pressure on a number of occasions.

Eventually, though, Liverpool restored their two-goal cushion with Mohamed Salah’s second goal of the day putting the game beyond the reach of the home side.


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Roberto Firmino came close to finding the back of the net just four minutes in when the ball fell to him just outside the area – his effort was well struck, but deflected narrowly wide after being charged down by Dan Burn.

But it mattered not as just a minute later the breakthrough came. Naby Keïta pressed and won the ball high up the pitch and had the awareness to find Salah close to the penalty spot, who swept home emphatically to score Liverpool’s first away Premier League goal since February.

Another two minutes later and the lead was doubled when Henderson found the bottom corner from 20 yards, whipping it just out of the reach of the diving Maty Ryan.

There was a scare on 18 minutes when it looked like Leandro Trossard would be able to get a shot away from 10 yards, but Premier League full debutant Neco Williams got across to put in a superb block and immediately earn the plaudits of fans and pundits alike.

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Trossard had the ball in the back of the net shortly after the first-half drinks break, but Pascal Groß was caught comfortably offside by the high Liverpool line in the build-up.

The Belgian was Brighton’s brightest attacking player in the first half, and it would be he who swept his side back into the game with a right-footed finish from Tariq Lamptey’s inch-perfect cross – the former Chelsea full-back was finding a lot of joy down the right, with the out-of-position Williams struggling in defence at times.

The young Welshman was a half-time casualty – his issues dealing with Lamptey as well as the yellow card he picked up for a foul on a Brighton man saw him replaced by Andy Robertson, with Jürgen Klopp clearly unwilling to take risks.

The home side had their tails up and kept probing the Liverpool back line in search of a gap, but it was Salah who found one at the other end when he beat Burn with his pace, but Ryan came out to block his effort.

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Left-back Burn should have made it 2-2 on the hour mark when he found himself unmarked at the far post just six yards out and with the goal gaping, but the 6ft 6in defender got his technique all wrong and somehow missed the target when it was far easier to score, much to the relief of an over-exposed Alisson.

Henderson thought he had his second goal of the game when another hit from outside the box deflected off Dale Stephens, but watched as it looped agonisingly wide of the post.

Instead the third goal came from the resulting corner, when an unmarked Salah had a free header at the near post and didn’t need any more of an invitation to head past the helpless Ryan at his near post.

Liverpool hearts skipped a beat when Joe Gomez hauled Aaron Connolly down when it looked like the Irishman had beaten him to run through on goal, but referee Craig Pawson was swift to award a yellow card instead of red.

This victory saw the Reds finally end their recent away-day misery, which was a small blight on an otherwise dream Premier League season.


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