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Men’s Football Record in sight as Liverpool get the better of Brighton

Liverpool already have the Premier League title wrapped up, but their pursuit of greatness isn’t over yet.

Top-scorer Mohamed Salah netted twice to give his side a 3-1 win over Brighton on Wednesday to keep the Reds in the hunt to break the record for the highest ever points total in a top-flight season, set by Man City in 2018.

The newly crowned champions have struggled for form on the road, arriving on the South Coast looking for their first away win since February 15th. With the guard of honour out the way, Salah quickly set about choreographing certain formalities of his own.

His double, scoring either side of the break, took the striker's personal goals tally to 19 for the campaign but he would come to rue a glut of missed opportunities to score a hat-trick and claim the match ball at Falmer Stadium.

He put the visitors ahead in the sixth minute when Naby Keita seized on a lacklustre first touch by Davy Propper to steal the ball on the edge of Brighton’s penalty area, squaring it for the Egyptian to slot past Mat Ryan.

With the intensity and sure-footedness of Liverpool’s attack, you would scarcely believe this was their first away goal in almost eight hours of football.

They wouldn’t have to wait long for the next one. Just two minutes later, Jordan Henderson doubled their lead with a superb curling effort from outside the box. Another costly defensive slip-up by Albion allowed the captain the time and space from which he can be so punishing, unleashing a lethal shot into the net to make it 2-0.

But it wasn’t all one-way traffic. The Seagulls carried a threat of their own going forward. Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez had a busy evening dealing with the likes of Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard, who continued to probe, forcing decisive blocks from Liverpool’s much-lauded centre-back pairing.

19-year-old Neco Williams made his first Premier League start and justified his inclusion with an impressive performance. The Welshman made a vital intervention to deny Trossard from taking a point-blank shot after Keita had failed to clear the danger.

Brighton did pull a goal back before half-time when Trossard ambled into the box to meet Tariq Lamptey’s pin-point accurate cross to send a punishing half-volley beyond Allison.

A yellow card for the teenage debutant for a foul on Brighton full-back, Lamptey, gave manager Jurgen Klopp reason to be cautious. The German used the interval to make his first of five substitutes, replacing the inexperienced defender for stalwart Andy Robertson.

The Scot quickly slotted into his natural role, exploiting the space down the left-flank together with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Robertson provided the corner which allowed Salah to notch his second of the evening, the forward peeling away at the near post to score with a precision header to secure all three points.

The pair combined again shortly after but Salah was left wanting for his first treble of the season. This time he was unable to steer Robertson's inviting delivery goalward, heading narrowly over the bar.

One concerning matter for Klopp’s side will be the knee injury suffered by Henderson which forced him to limp off after an awkward clash with Brighton’s Yves Bissouma. Klopp confirmed the England midfielder will now undergo a scan to determine the extent of the damage ahead of their next match against Burnley on Saturday. 

Klopp’s maestros have already secured the earliest title victory in history but still strive for new heights. Winning three of their four remaining matches will ensure they record the highest points total and the most wins ever in a Premier League campaign. Pioneers have to walk alone sometimes.


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