Brighton 0-2 Liverpool: The Reds ease past Brighton to narrow gap to Manchester City

Brighton 0-2 Liverpool: The Reds ease past Brighton to narrow gap to Manchester City

Liverpool cut the margin on Manchester City to three points with a win against Brighton thanks to a Luis Diaz header and a Mohamed Salah penalty.

City remain in action on Monday night against Crystal Palace, but Liverpool have maintained their pressure despite a slew of missed opportunities at the Amex.

Here are the game's important talking points:

  • Should Sanchez have been sent off?

Liverpool's celebrations after Luis Diaz struck the game's opening goal were subdued as the January addition collided with Robert Sanchez.

There was genuine worry for Diaz, who seemed to be in agony, with replays revealing Sanchez had elevated his leg unusually high when he collided with the Liverpool striker.

VAR was enquiring about possible significant foul play, but the Brighton goalie somehow averted punishment.

Even more perplexing was the fact that Mike Dean was not requested to approach the screen and have a look himself.

  • Mohamed Salah injury

There will be considerable anxiety regarding the reason for Mohamed Salah's second-half replacement.

The Egypt international has had a decent injury record since arriving at Anfield several years ago, yet he immediately proceeded down the tunnel after being replaced by Diogo Jota.

And, while Liverpool do have possibilities to replace Salah, any extended absence would undoubtedly impede their pursuit of Manchester City.

  • Standings

There was never any evidence of a Brighton comeback, though Alisson did make a superb late save from Danny Welbeck's shot, as Jurgen Klopp's side breezed through the closing stages and handed the ball back to Manchester City.

The Reds are now just three points off the titleholders.

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