On the south coast, on Saturday afternoon, Liverpool did what was necessary to take the three points on offer against a Brighton and Hove Albion side that are difficult to beat on home soil.
It wasn’t the most fluent of performances and, in the end, the game was won from the penalty spot, with the ever-reliable Mo Salah scoring his 17th goal of the season.
But it is wins like this upon which title-winning campaigns are dependent upon.
With twenty-two games gone, Liverpool lead their nearest rivals, Manchester City, by seven=points, although Pep Guardiola’s side should close that gap when they host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.
Following the game, and as reported by the BBC, both managers had a word or two to say about what they’d just witnessed, with Jurgen Klopp remarking:
“We controlled the game in a better way when we scored the goal. We could have done better but I am fine because the target is to win here. We had to perform and deliver and we did that.”
A win was really all that mattered.
As for the Brighton manager, Chris Hughton, he was full of praise for Liverpool, remarking:
“These are the best team in the country.”
If, as we suspect, that is the case, then let’s ensure we don’t let the Premier League title slip from our grasp this season like we have done on two previous occasions, this decade, when we’ve led the table at Christmas.
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