Diaz & Salah help Reds cut City's lead

English Premier League

Liverpool moved to within three points of Premier League leaders Manchester City with a 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday afternoon.

Liverpool continued to feature Joel Matip at centre-back from last week’s win over West Ham United and stuck with the front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz.

Jurgen Klopp’s men made their early momentum count with twenty minutes played as Diaz ran in behind the defence and headed in a diagonal delivery from Matip.

Brighton continued to find the going tough in the latter exchanges and were fortunate not to go further behind through teasing attempts from decent areas by Salah and Mane.

More in the way of chances for the Reds showed minutes to halftime when Salah made a galloping run from poor possession by Brighton and reduced goalkeeper Robert Sanchez to work.

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Graham Potter showed a substitution at the start of the second half, with former Liverpool winger Adam Lallana in for Steven Alzate.

This alteration seemed to have livened up the host when a cutback on the edge of the area by Neal Maupay minutes afterwards released Leandro Trossard, who hoofed the invention.

Liverpool maintained dominance over ten minutes in the restart and saw Salah clipped the woodwork off a speculative shot after forcing his way into the area.

However, Klopp’s men were two goals up in the middle of the second half after Salah fired in from the penalty spot following a hand ball by Yves Bissouma on Naby Keita.

There were chances at either end late on with Danny Welbeck flashing over from inside the area before Diaz brought Sanchez to a close-range save thus the Reds edged the contest.

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