Football Premier League

Liverpool 1-0 Brighton: Player ratings

African superstar Mohamed Salah found the back of net as Liverpool defeated Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 to move top of the Premier League table.

The hosts were afforded the chance to go top of the table, following Manchester City’s slip up at Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier in the day.

The Reds nearly got off to the perfect start after 12 minutes when Trent Alexander-Arnold rattled the crossbar with a free-kick from 20-yards out.

The deadlock was broken on 22 minutes as Roberto Firmino slipped in Salah, who calmly slotted the ball into the far corner.

Brighton, meanwhile, sat deep for most of the first half and and only looked to attack on the counter, which was rare as Liverpool held on to possession quite well.

The visitors did come out brighter in the second half, but they were still unable to carve out clear-cut chances.

Jurgen Klopp opted for a change just after the hour mark as Naby Keita was withdrawn for club captain Jordan Henderson, with the hosts looking to add more steel in the middle of the park.

Chances were few and far between as the second half pushed on, but the visitors were pushing for the equaliser following the  introduction of Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Jurgen Locadia.

Brighton went close to pulling themselves level in the 89th minute but goalkeeper Alisson Becker produced a good save to keep out Pascal Gross’ header.

In the end, the Reds hung on to claim three points and maintained their winning start to the season.

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