With the title already wrapped up for Liverpool, and Brighton & Hove Albion’s relegation threat eased, this clash at the Amex was written as a meaningless game before the kick-off could even be taken. The game, however, perhaps unexpectedly, involved both drama and end to end action as Liverpool took home all three points with a 3-1 victory with the help of a Mohamed Salah brace.
Mohamed Salah Scores as Liverpool Defeat Resilient Brighton
Keita Shines Once More for Liverpool
Since returning from lockdown, Naby Keita has looked better than ever in a Liverpool shirt, and the game at the Amex didn’t see a dip in form. The Guinea international took all of five minutes to add to his growing assists tally, robbing Davy Pröpper of the ball before putting it on a plate for Salah to strike home. It was a classic Liverpool goal that featured the pressing trap that the Reds have become famous for.
It was then only minutes later that Brighton were caught on the ball again as the ruthless Reds made it two. This time, the stolen ball found the feet of Salah who let the ball run on to the incoming Jordan Henderson to place home from outside the box. Inside ten minutes, Liverpool were comfortably two goals to the good, and Brighton looked likely to endure a difficult night.
A Resilient, Yet Wasteful Brighton Performance
The goal unsettled Liverpool for a brief moment, too, and could have easily been followed up by an equaliser in the second half but for their wasteful in front of goal; wastefulness that was then punished as Salah headed home Liverpool’s third and final goal of the evening to settle the proceedings.
With Brighton two goals down so early on against the Champions, they would have been forgiven for dropping their heads so quickly. Graham Potter’s side simply do not know how to give up, however, and troubled Liverpool on several occasions, even halving the deficit at one point. The Seagulls’ goal came just before half time as Tariq Lamptey, the man of the moment for Brighton right now, produced a stunning cross for Leandro Trossard to volley home emphatically.
Mohamed Salah Seeking Gold Again
After securing back to back Golden Boots last season, Mohamed Salah will be on the lookout for a third in a row this season. The Egyptian’s brace at Brighton takes him to 19 goals so far, three away from Jamie Vardy, who leads the charts with 22.
Salah isn’t the only one seeking further glory, though, with Liverpool now within nine points off breaking the points record previously set by Manchester City. With four games left, too, the Reds are in with every chance of making history and, in doing so, cement their legacy as one of the best.