Salah penalty keeps Liverpool in driving seat
Liverpool bounced back from two consecutive defeats to remain on course for a first league title in 29 years, but were made to wait before breaking down an obdurate Brighton thanks to Mohamed Salah's 50th-minute penalty in a 1-0 win on Saturday. Victory reestablished Jurgen Klopp's side's seven-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table, which was reduced to four when the champions inflicted Liverpool's only Premier League defeat of the campaign to breathe new life into the title race nine days ago.
Liverpool went seven points clear at the top of the Premier League and bounced back from two successive defeats in all competitions after a Mohamed Salah penalty gave them a 1-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
The result put Liverpool on 57 points from 22 games, seven ahead of closest rivals Manchester City who are at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday. Third-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have 48 points, host Manchester United on Sunday.
Liverpool produced a clinical if unimpressive performance on the south coast, having lost 2-1 at City in their previous league outing before being beaten by Wolves in the FA Cup third round by the same scoreline.
After a dour first half, Salah produced a moment of trademark individual skill to win the spot kick he converted five minutes into the second half after Pascal Gross fouled him following the Egyptian's neat footwork in the penalty area.
Xherdan Shaqiri, who got a rare start on the right flank in a reshuffled 4-2-3-1 formation, missed Liverpool's best chance in the opening half when he headed inches wide after Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross.
As Brighton threw men forward in the closing stages, Liverpool twice came close to scoring again late on with the home team's goalkeeper David Button parrying Roberto Firmino's effort before Salah misfired wide from five metres.