Mohamed Salah’s goal was enough for Liverpool to take all three points against Brighton on Saturday at Anfield (1-0). With this third success in three days, the Reds are temporarily alone in charge after the draw of City in Wolverhampton.
Liverpool once again dominated Saturday’s game against Brighton. But unlike the opening volley at West Ham (4-0), and the quiet lesson learned by Crystal Palace (2-0) last week, Chris Hughton’s players have resisted the onslaught of the Reds, provoking even some fears in Anfield’s bays at the end of the game. The important thing is however for Liverpool, provisional leader of the Premier League after three days after his victory on the smallest margins (1-0).
The merry troupe of Jürgen Klopp has especially demonstrated his new strength, the defense, still not conceding any goal this season (it is in this respect the best defense of the Channel). Against a team that played very low, and totally left the ball to the Reds (only 30% of possession), favoring the counterattack, the task was easier than it will be against the leaders of the championship, or even more player teams.
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The Reds have tried a lot but missed a lot
Liverpool, too, showed an unusual waste against the goals, like a Roberto Firmino who has tried a lot (5 shots), without ever being able to open his counter in the league. But the strength of the trio Mané- Salmino-Salah was still felt on the opposing defense from the beginning of the meeting (5th, 9th). Trent Alexander- Arnold also hit the bar in the quarter-hour mark (15th), before seeing his Brazilian center forward give the ball to Mohamed Salah eight minutes later (1-0, 23).
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For his first season in England, former Lille Yves Bissouma, positioned in the middle, has suffered greatly. On goal, it is he who lost the ball perfectly exploited by James Milner in his 30 meters. Liverpool midfielder was all over the field on Saturday. He was almost a decisive smuggler – after a perfect service in the area for Georginio Wijnaldum (31st) – but the Dutchman’s shot was on the way to solid Mathew Ryan.
The Australian goalkeeper greatly contributed to the resistance of the Seagulls, who have long defeated the wing in this game (22 shots conceded), and saw Salah show an unusual waste at the end of the game (90 + 3). Before that, Brighton had shaken the Reds (48th, 79th). Alisson, author of shots of balls sometimes very beautiful, but also very risky, made a saving save in the 89th minute on a head of Martin Montoya . This intervention gave his team a third victory of rank.
Seven goals scored, 0 conceded, 9 points out of 9 possible, the record of this month of August is perfect for Liverpool, undefeated for 23 Premier League matches in his den, and who remains on 7 ” clean sheets “. The men in red have, moreover, been able to count on the wanderings of City against Wolverhampton (1-1) opening this third day. Only Chelsea , Tottenham and Watford, can now hope to catch up at the top of the rankings. The machine is launched.