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Result: Mohamed Salah penalty gives Liverpool win at Brighton & Hove Albion

Liverpool extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points with a 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in Saturday's fixture on the South coast.

A second-half penalty from Mohamed Salah has given Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in Saturday's Premier League fixture at the Amex Stadium.

The match on the South coast lacked excitement for long periods, but Liverpool dominated for much of the contest despite requiring Salah to convert from 12 yards.

Liverpool now sit seven points clear at the top of the standings, while Brighton remain in 13th place despite their three-match unbeaten run in the top flight coming to an end.

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and Brighton & Hove Albion's Dale Stephens challenge for the ball on January 12, 2019.© Reuters

An uneventful start set the tone for the opening 45 minutes of the game and although Liverpool quickly began to dominate possession, they were being left frustrated in their attempts to make an impact in the final third.

A cross from Andrew Robertson almost gave Roberto Firmino the chance to convert from eight yards, but it was Brighton who created the first opportunity with Glenn Murray heading over after meeting a cross from Pascal Gross.

Liverpool soon regained control, but aside from a glancing header from Xherdan Shaqiri which went wide of the far post Jurgen Klopp would not have been left encouraged by his team's performance from an attacking perspective.

There was little change as the contest edged towards half time, and Klopp needed to find a solution after the restart with Brighton looking increasingly comfortable in handling Liverpool's star quartet.

Jurgen Klopp gets frustrated as Liverpool struggle against Brighton & Hove Albion on January 12, 2019.© Reuters

However, the Merseyside giants improved after the break, and shortly after being denied by a smart stop from David Button Salah was able to earn his team a penalty with his trickery inside the area leading to a clumsy challenge from Gross.

Salah was soon back on his feet to send an emphatic effort past Button, who could not get near the ball despite correctly guessing that the Egyptian would fire to his left.

Liverpool quickly set about trying to score a second, but despite keeping Brighton on the back foot chances continued to be few and far between and it led to the hosts remaining in the contest.

Jurgen Locadia tried his luck from 30 yards only for Alisson to make a relatively easy save, but Liverpool soon went back on the offensive as they searched for a game-clinching goal.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring against Brighton & Hove Albion on January 12, 2019.© Reuters

Firmino had a 20-yard strike well blocked by Button, before Georginio Wijnaldum fired the ball marginally off target from the edge of the area with his left foot.

Salah also squandered an opening with two minutes remaining, with the club's top goalscorer scuffing a shot wide from 10 yards after good work from James Milner.

However, Liverpool were able to comfortably see out four minutes of added-on time to post a positive response after back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION (4-5-1): Button; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; March (Knockaert 66'), Propper, Stephens, Gross (Kayal 79'), Locadia; Murray (Murray 66')

LIVERPOOL (4-2-3-1): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum; Shaqiri (Milner 72'), Firmino, Mane (Keita 90'); Salah (Origi 94')

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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