FT: Brighton 0-1 Liverpool. The Reds weren't at their best but pick up three vital points.
- 2nd Half
- Salah (P)50'
Brighton & Hove Albion - Liverpool
Premier League - 12 January 2019
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- OffMohamed SalahLiverpool
- OnDivock OrigiLiverpool
Origi is on for Salah and the fat lady is getting ready to sing.
Andone gets in behind Liverpool's defence and Alexander-Arnold then gets a slight touch on his cross, but it's enough to take the ball away from Locadia.
Four added minutes.
Keita replaces Mane. We're back underway and Brighton are throwing the kitchen sink at Liverpool now.
There's a delay in play as Van Dijk has something in his eye.
A rebound falls kindly for Milner and he picks out Salah, six yards out and right in front of goal, but Salah astonishingly misses the target!
Mane can't get his shot past Duffy but does win a corner.
Knockaert is penalised for an elbow on Firmino as Brighton grow increasingly aggitated.
Good positioning from Fabinho allows him to intercept a Locadia cross.
Patient Liverpool build-up moves the ball to Wijnaldum on the edge of box and he fizzes an effort narrowly wide.
Bong does well to find room for a cross and sends one to the near post, where Andone gets to the ball before Alisson but can't direct it goalwards.
Firmino gallops past Dunk and shoots straight at Button, who saves unconvincingly.
Liverpool win a wide free-kick in a dangerous position and Alexander-Arnold's cross causes momentary panic among the Brighton ranks before it's hacked clear.
- OffXherdan ShaqiriLiverpool
- OnJames MilnerLiverpool
Milner comes on for Shaqiri as Klopp looks to sure up his midfield.
Back-to-back deep Brighton corners come to nothing despite half-hearted penalty appeals. Neither had any merit.
Locadia has a go from range and Alisson is taking no chances, tipping the off-target shot behind.
- OffGlenn MurrayBrighton & Hove Albion
- OnFlorin AndoneBrighton & Hove Albion
Murray also departs, with ANdone replacing him.
- OffSolly MarchBrighton & Hove Albion
- OnAnthony KnockaertBrighton & Hove Albion
Knockaert is on for the quiet March.
Not for the first time, Liverpool get a corner all wrong. Their set pieces have been sloppy today.
It looks like a double change is on the way for Brighton.
The hosts are starting to look a but more lively, which could play into Liverpool's hands. Murray is still cutting a pretty isolated figure though.
Montoya creates Brighton's best chance as his bobbling cross picks out Gross, however Fabinho is on hand to block the German's effort.
Robertson drives into the Brighton penalty area but STephens stops him with an excellent tackle.
Well well well, that's exactly the start Liverpool were after. Brilliant from Salah.
- Goal by penaltyMohamed SalahLiverpool
GOAL! Brighton 0-1 Liverpool (Salah). He hits the penalty hard and to Button's left and the goalkeeper can't keep it out.
PENALTY! Salah turns Gross inside-out and the confused Brighton man brings him down as he prepares to shoot.
We have a shot on target! Salah get the ball on the left and dribbles into the box, but Duffy forces him wide and his low shot is comfortably saved by Button.
We're back underway.
Not busy at the Amex though.
HT: Brighton 0-0 Liverpool. The referee has seen enough and doesn't even add any stoppage time. Neither goalkeeper has had to make a save and Liverpool will need to improve in the second half if they are to return to winning ways.
Liverpool work the ball into the Brighton box, where Stephens heads the ball back to Button before then can fashion a chance.
"The referee's a Scouser" is the chant coming from the Brighton supporters, who feel a few marginal calls have gone against their team. So far the Seagulls' game plan is working though, with Liverpool starting to look frustrated.
Liverpool big boys come up from the back but the needn't have bothered as the initial set piece is headed away and Robertson's follow-up cross goes straight out of play.
Mane wins a corner, much to the home fans' chagrin.
Fabinho has looked pretty comfortable so far, not that he's particularly been tested.
Liverpool have had 78% possession thus far.
Alexander-Arnold cuts onto his left and delivers a cross that Shaqiri heads inches wide! So close. Button didn't even move.
Said corner comes to nothing, luckily for the officials, and Firmino is fortunate to escape without a booking shortly after for a clumsy tackle.
Salah can't quite bring down a hopeful flick forward but does, curiously, win a corner.
Liverpool fail to take advantage of a free-kick in the Brighton half and Locadia then fails to take advantage of a chance to counter.
Gross picks out Murray with a deep cross but the striker can't keep his header down.
Locadia takes Brighton first shot - a speculative effort blocked by Fabinho.
Liverpool put together another nice move before Mane's pass to Shaqiri is slightly overhit, allowing Bong to recover the ball.
Robertson finds himself in space and delivers a cross that - likely unintentionally - sits up beautifully for Firmino, eight yards out, but the Brazilian makes only the weakest of contact with the ball and wastes a golden opportunity.
Milner has been out to warm up already, with Alexander-Arnold apparently taking a knock before the match, but so far he looks fine.
Murray puts Alisson under a little pressure and he hits a pass straight out of play. Liverpool dominating possession in the early going.
Robertson has an earlier opportunity to deliver a cross but is unable to find Firmino.
WIthout possession at least, it looks like it's just one up top for Brighton, with Locadia instead playing on the left of a midfield five,
Brighton get us underway.
Traditionalists will be glad to learn that Liverpool are all in red.
Kevin Friend is today's referee and he's getting ready to lead the players out of the tunnel, with kick-off not far away now.
Roberto Firmino has four goals in his last two league games and won on song when Liverpool last visited the Amex.
Big day for this man today.
Brighton are unbeaten in four games, although Chris Hughton has lost all six of his previous matches against Liverpool as a manager. The Seagulls have beaten Manchester United here earlier in the season and recently drew with Arsenal so they are capable of upsetting the big boys at home, although Liverpool have been on a different level to those two teams this season. Klopp was full of praise for his opposite number, as usual, before the game, calling Hughton "outstanding".
The Egyptian magician was the difference when the teams clashed at Anfield earlier in the season.
Another good omen for Liverpool is that they have won the last six meetings between the clubs and the aggregate score from their three Premier League games is 10-1.
Liverpool have never lost back-to-back Premier League games under Jurgen Klopp.
Sadio Mane makes his 100th appearance for Liverpool, while Van Dijk - another man who followed him from just along the south coast to Anfield - makes his 50th.
As for Liverpool, Fabinho is again asked to play in central defence. Virgil van Dijk comes back into the side and it's an attacking one, with Xherdan Shaqiri joining the front three. The bench doesn't fill you with confidence, mind.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Mane, Salah, Firmino. Subs: Mignolet, Milner, Keita, Morena, Matip, Origi, Camacho.
First the hosts, who make one change from the team that drew 2-2 with West Ham United. Given Liverpool's defensive injuries, playing two strikers and trying to get at them probably makes sense.
Brighton: Button, Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bong, Gross, Propper, Stephens, March, Murray, Locadia. Subs: Steele, Bruno, Kayal, Balogun, Sanders, Andone, Knockaert.
Good afternoon and welcome to Eurosport’s LIVE coverage of Liverpool’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion. The Reds can move seven points clear of Manchester City - at least until Monday - with a win, however they are yet to record a victory in 2019. Team news is on the way next.