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Liverpool reduced the gap between themselves and leaders in Manchester City as they produced one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. Luis Diaz gave the visitors the lead in the 19th minute before Mohamed Salah doubled their advantage from the penalty spot in the 61st minute. Just minutes after scoring, Salah was forced to come off with an injury. Jurgen Klopp will be hoping the forward is fit for their crucial game against Arsenal midweek.

Player ratings

Brighton: Sanchez (5), Lamptey (6), Veltman (6), Dunk (6), Cucurella (6), Bissouma (6), Alzate (5), Mac Allister (6), March (5), Trossard (5), Maupay (6)
Subs: Lallana (N/A), Welbeck (6), Gross (6)

Liverpool: Alisson (7), Alexander-Arnold (7), Matip (8), Van Dijk (8), Robertson (7), Fabinho (7), Henderson (7), Keita (6), Salah (7), Mane (7), Diaz (9)
Subs: Thiago (7), Jota (7)

Man of the match: Luis Diaz

Managers Reaction 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “I can’t talk about the situation as I only saw it once. It’s a very good example of the issues we have with VAR. Mike Dean sees the goal and maybe isn’t even thinking about a red card as the assistant referee is looking for offside. But it was a goal. But then there is an issue with ‘clear and obvious. This phrase is the real problem. Everybody is asking me whether it was a red card or not and when you get asked these questions it means most people thought it was a red card. So, for what reason could it not be a red card then?”

Brighton boss Graham Potter said: “We started really well, we were the better team on the front foot. The goal took the wind out of our sails a little bit, especially with the run we’re on and them being Liverpool. Credit to the boys they stuck in there. It’s not a happy camper when you lose, but we just need to focus on the next game.”

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