Mohamed Salah Caps Fightback As Liverpool Go Top Of Premier League Table

Mar31,2024



Mohamed Salah fired Liverpool to the top of the Premier League as they beat Brighton 2-1 on Sunday thanks to a clinical finish from the Egyptian star. Jurgen Klopp's side were rocked by Danny Welbeck's powerful strike after just 85 seconds at Anfield. Luis Diaz restored order late in the first half with an equalizer, but Salah scored after the interval to secure a vital victory. Salah's third goal in his last three matches was his 22nd goal in all competitions this season. Unbeaten in their last six league matches, Liverpool are two points ahead of second-placed Arsenal, who drew 0-0 with third-placed Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium just hours later.

Thanks to Salah, triple-chasing Liverpool are in the driving seat as they eye a record-equalling 20th English title – and first since 2020 – in Klopp's final season.

Klopp said of Salah, “To be so calm in the decisive moment with the biggest chance with the best football we have played, then to be a real goalscorer so we are happy with everything.”

“Brighton's midfield was excellent and it was a really good game, against an opponent you know will be the toughest.

“Defending them requires the highest intensity in English football and we did well. More possession, better possession, really good rhythm.”

Unbeaten in their last 27 home league games, Liverpool are back at Anfield on Thursday against a weakened Sheffield United.

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi is a reported candidate to replace Klopp when the German steps down at the end of this term, after former Liverpool star

Klopp is a big fan of De Zerbi's attacking philosophy and praised him this week as a “top coach”.

Asked about a link up with Liverpool after the game, De Zerbi said: “I have a contract for the next two years. My focus is on this season, next season at Brighton.

“But I would like to hear the team's plan before we start next season. I think it is a serious thing.”

Playing for the first time since their painful FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Manchester United before the international break, Liverpool got a shocking taste of De Zerbi's enterprising tactics after just two minutes.

Salah attacks

Brighton's Simon Edingra broke swiftly on a devastating counter-attack, forcing Liverpool right-back Connor Bradley out of position.

When Virgil van Dijk's curled clearance headed to Welbeck just inside the penalty area, the Brighton forward fired a strike into the top corner that left Klopp shaking his head.

Salah was making his first league start since New Year's Day after struggling with injury at the start of 2024.

To make up for lost time, Salah almost equalized with a curler whose whistle went wide.

The Egyptian forward threatened again with Bradley's cross, but he could not keep his shot on target from a good position 10 yards.

Liverpool's dominance was rewarded in the 27th minute when Brighton failed to clear Salah's header from a corner and Diaz headed the ball wide from close range.

Liverpool midfielder Alexis McAllister missed a chance against his former club with a header that went wide early in the second half.

Dominik Szoboszlai fired wide at the far post from 20 yards, while Darwin Nunez was denied by Bart Verbruggen at the near post.

Wave after wave of Liverpool pressure hit Brighton's defensive wall before De Zerbi's side broke through in the 65th minute.

Mac Allister was the catalyst with a perfectly-weighted pass that stopped Salah's run into the area and the forward sent a composed low finish past Verbruggen.

In a tense finale, former Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana should have punished his old team, but he fired his shot to give Klopp a huge reprieve.

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