Reds hit the right note

Jurgen Klopp felt Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton wasn't 'an opera of football but it was a really nice song' as they moved seven points clear in the Premier League title race.

Mohamed Salah scored the only goal from the penalty spot shortly after half-time, the Egyptian forward having been upended in the area by Pascal Gross.

Brighton contained the league leaders for long spells, and even had a chance to level late on when Naby Keita gave the ball away and it almost fell in the box for Jurgen Locadia after Trent Alexander-Arnold sliced a clearance.

Salah had passed up a glorious chance to double his tally entering stoppage time when he somehow poked wide from six-yards with the goal at his mercy after good work from James Milner.

Still, after back-to-back league and cup losses against Manchester City and Wolves, the Liverpool manager was delighted to win – in whatever style it was done.

"It was very hard but that is how it is. It was a massive game today. Everyone knows how difficult it is to go to Brighton," said Klopp.

"You have to be creative against a really good, organised side. It was a mature performance from my side. I really like that as this season it is quite a new skill and I'd like us to keep that.

"We learned from the first half and the second half was better. I liked the performance. It wasn't an opera of football but it was a really nice song."

Liverpool are 1/7 to win their next game at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday. The Eagles are 14/1 while the draw is 7/1.

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