Salah strike sinks Brighton and sends Liverpool top

By Reuters: Saturday, August 25th 2018 at 21:45 GMT +3 | Football
Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half

* Liverpool go top with 1-0 win at Anfield over Brighton

* Third win in three games for Juergen Klopp's side

* Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan foiled early Roberto Firmino header

* Trent Alexander-Arnold thumped free kick against bar in 15th

* Mohammed Salah's diagonal shot put Reds ahead in 23rd

* Alisson save foiled Albion's Pascal Gross two minutes from end

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* Liverpoool are at Leicester on Saturday while Brighton host Fulham

Mohammed Salah's 23rd-minute strike was enough to earn Liverpool a 1-0 win over a dogged Brighton and Hove Albion and give them an early top spot in the Premier League with three wins out of three.

Juergen Klopp's side made a strong start, and Brighton's Australian keeper Mathew Ryan did well to keep out a Roberto Firmino header before Trent Alexander-Arnold rattled the crossbar with a 15th-minute free kick.

The breakthrough came when James Milner robbed Yves Bissouma as Brighton tried to play the ball out from the back and a quick exchange of passes from Sadio Mane and Firmino ended with a clinical finish from Salah, last season's top scorer with 32 league goals.

Brighton, who beat Manchester United last week, defended with determination, frustrating Liverpool but creating little until a Pascal Gross header in the 88th minute forced a good save out Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker.

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