While still negotiating his contract renewal, Mohamed Salah continued to make history with the Liverpool jersey. Playing away, the Egyptian led a 2-0 win in the duel against Brighton, for the 29th round of the Premier League, in a match broadcast live by ESPN on Star+.
The number 10 scored, from a penalty, his 20th goal in the current edition of the English Championship, and no less than the Reds’ number two thousand goal in the competition’s history. It was Luis Díaz of Colombia who opened the scoring, in pure opportunism.
Coming off a four-game losing streak, Graham Potter’s side closed the line and gave the Reds little space for almost half the first half. However, it was precisely in the midst of the turmoil that the home team’s performance began to crumble.
With plenty of room to advance into attack, Matip launched an action for Luís Díaz to run behind the defense and head the goalkeeper out to open the scoring. The Colombian is still in shock and needs treatment.
With the lead on the scoreboard, Liverpool took control of the match, and seeing Brighton offered little danger to Brazil’s Alisson.
The big opportunity came early in the second half, when Trossard faced the Reds goalkeeper, but was saved.
And the punishment came quickly.
After the touch of Bissouma’s hand in the penalty box, the referee awarded a penalty to Liverpool. And it was Mohamed Salah who beat him, scoring his 20th goal of the current Premier League season, the club’s 2,000th goal in Premier League history.
Comfortably, Jürgen Klopp’s side began to take more control of the action and handed some importance to Brighton, who suffered a fifth straight defeat of the season.
Liverpool remain in 2nd place in the Premier League, now with 66 points. Brighton parked 33 points, and ended the game in 13th place.
Man: Mohamed Salah
A decisive and historic goal. Ball by Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian scored from a penalty and has reached no less than 20 goals in this edition of the Premier League. It was the Reds’ number 2,000 goal in Premier League history.
What a shame: the Brighton defender
Brighton’s side managed to hold Liverpool at bay early in the game, but it collapsed due to a defensive error by Graham Potter’s side. Free of guard, Matip had plenty of room to advance in attack and launched Luis Díaz behind the keeper. Results? The goal that opened the Reds’ advantage.
Brighton welcomes Tottenham, again at Falmer Stadium, next Wednesday (16). Liverpool will face the derby against Arsenal on the same day at the Emirates Stadium.
BRIGHT 0 x 2 LIVERPOOL
Goals: Luis Díaz (19′) and Mohamed Salah (61′), for Liverpool
BRIGHTON: Sanchez; Lamptey, Veltman, Dunk and Cucurella; Alzate (Lallana) (Dirty), Bissouma (Welbeck), Trossard, Mac Allister and March; Maupay. TECHNICIAN: Graham Potter
LIVERPOOL: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk and Robertson; Keita (Thiago), Henderson (Milner) and Fabinho; Diaz, Mane and Salah (Jota). COACH: Jürgen Klopp