Liverpool bounced back from defeats away to Man City and Wolves with a narrow victory on the south coast against Brighton.
An eight point lead had dropped to just four before kick off. Anything but a win would have put the Reds under immense pressure. However, with the lions share of the game a Liverpool victory looked inevitable from early on.
An early injury scare to Trent Alexander-Arnold thankfully didn’t add to the problems, the right back overstretched for a ball during the warm-up and had to go for treatment before the game started.
It was a dull first half overall as Brighton pulled all XI men behind the ball and asked Liverpool to break down two banks of five and four.
Xherdan Shaqiri provided the first half spark, drifting in from the right-hand side he looked to link-up with both Firmino and Mohamed Salah and it was the Swiss international who went the closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half.
Klopp was after more from his side and Liverpool came out for the second half looking for a quick goal, the Reds soon found one.
Salah looked to be out of space before he cut back and took on Pascal Gross, the Brighton player who was linked with a move to Liverpool in December, panicked and hacked down the Egyptian inside the box.
Liverpool’s top scorer picked himself up and smashed the ball home for his 14th league goal of the season.
The goal forced Brighton to open up more as the Seagulls had to look for an equaliser and that played into the Reds’ hands.
It was the Dutch midfielder who almost added to the score, his shot from the edge of the box clipped the outside of the Brighton post.
The hosts then had opportunities of their own, almost grabbing an equaliser in added time.
Florin Andone found himself in behind the Reds’ back line, but Alexander-Arnold brilliantly got there first to clear the ball away from Jurgen Locadia who was primed for a simple tap in.