Liverpool pile pressure on Man City as Salah, Diaz deliver win for Reds over Brighton

Brighton produced a spirited performance against the title chasers but couldn’t prevent Liverpool from recording an eighth successive Premier League victory.

There were spells when Albion matched Liverpool but Luiz Diaz’s brave first-half goal put the visitors in charge.

Mohamed Salah scored Liverpool’s 2,000th Premier League goal as they stuttered to a 2-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion that closed the gap on leaders Manchester City to three points.

Liverpool got the action under way on the south coast seeking a response to the defeat to Inter in midweek by maintaining the pressure on Manchester City at the division’s summit.

However, Brighton had proved tricky opponents when the sides met at Anfield back in October, coming from two down to claim a point, and they began brightly on this occasion.

Neil Maupay had the game’s first effort, flashing a low shot a fraction wide of Alisson Becker’s right-hand post from just outside the area.

At the other end, the Reds’ first attack of note saw Salah cross for Sadio Mane, who had a side-footer touched wide by Sanchez at the front stick.

Liverpool struggled to capitalise until Salah doubled their lead from the penalty spot on 61 minutes as the Egyptian punished a handball by Yves Bissouma.

It was Salah’s 20th Premier League goal of the season and made Liverpool the second team to reach 2,000 in the competition after Manchester United.

Salah then went off with an apparent injury but, although Alisson denied Brighton substitutes Danny Welbeck and Solly March late on, Liverpool had done enough to secure an eighth successive league victory, moving them on to 66 points.

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