- Albion are beaten 1-0 by Liverpool
- Mohamed Salah scores the only goal from the penalty spot
- Game played in front of an Amex record crowd of 30,682
- The Seagulls next face Manchester United in a week’s time
Brighton & Hove Albion succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Liverpool in a cagey and closely-fought contest at the Amex Stadium.
Albion more than held their own and frustrated the Premier League leaders for large periods of the game, but Mohamed Salah’s second-half penalty was enough to give the Reds all three points in front of an Amex record crowd of 30,682 spectators.
Chris Hughton made one enforced change from the last Premier League fixture away at West Ham United, with Gaetan Bong replacing the injured Bernardo.
Under-23 midfielder Max Sanders took his place on the bench for his first-ever inclusion in a Premier League squad.
Liverpool worked the first opening of the game when Andrew Robertson made a driving run down the left, and his cross went just behind Sadio Mane before narrowly missing the outstretched leg of Roberto Firmino in the box.
Down the other end Pascal Gross swung an enticing cross towards Glenn Murray, but the striker’s header went over the bar.
The game became a rather cagey affair with few chances for either side, as Fabinho headed away another Gross ball towards Murray.
The Reds came close to breaking the deadlock themselves and surged forward with pace, resulting in Xherdan Shaqiri glancing his header just wide from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross.
Albion kept their defensive discipline against the visitors, who had the majority of possession without causing too many problems in what was turning into a tactical contest.
The Reds didn’t give David Button too much to think about, as Lewis Dunk comfortably headed away Jordan Henderson’s cross.
The Seagulls did get some joy breaking forward down the right-hand side, and Martin Montoya was next to test the Reds defence with a fine cross which was cleared before Jurgen Locadia managed to latch onto the loose ball.
Salah had the first chance after the re-start, but the forward’s angled strike was easily saved by Button.
But the Egyptian won the visitors a penalty just moments later, after being pulled down by Gross, and despite guessing the right way Button couldn’t keep out the forward’s strike with 50 minutes played.
Gross had a chance to level the scores after being picked out by Montoya, but the German’s close-range strike was blocked.
Solly March then looked to pick out Locadia in the box, before Dale Stephens struck the loose ball wide with a shot from distance.
The Dutchman then had a chance himself and saw his long-range attempt pushed behind by Alisson, as Albion looked to increase the pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool pressed forward in search of a second, as Alexander-Arnold’s dangerous free kick found Sadio Mane, but Dunk was on hand to clear away the loose ball.
Bong broke forward down the other end for the Seagulls and played a fine cross into the box which substitute Florin Andone couldn’t quite divert goalwards.
Georginio Wijnaldum and Mane both came close to scoring a second for the visitors late on, while Salah missed a golden opportunity after shooting wide from inside the box, as the game finished 1-0 to the visitors.
ALBION: Button; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Propper, Stephens, Gross (Kayal 79); March (Knockaert 66), Murray (Andone 66), Locadia.
SUBS NOT USED: Steele (GK), Balogun, Bruno, Sanders.
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