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Liverpool returned to 2018/19 Premier League action without their unbeaten record, but a 1-0 win at Brighton – courtesy of a Mohamed Salah penalty – ensured their gap at the top of the table was back at seven points. Defeat to Manchester City on January 3rd – they’re next in action on Monday – and a third-round FA Cup exit to Wolves meant Jurgen Klopp’s side had opened up 2019 without a victory. However, despite struggling to make inroads against an organised Brighton outfit, they squeezed another important three points from a tight fixture thanks to Salah’s second-half penalty. The Egyptian was their best attacker after the break and he was hauled down by Pascal Gross after slaloming into the box. He then emphatically dispatched the resulting penalty in the 50th minute for his 14th Premier League goal of the season, his 17th in all competitions. A myriad of talking points arose from the game and here are three from a Liverpool perspective. SALAH STEPPED UP Mohamed Salah breaking the deadlock with a penalty won by himself. 💉— . (@VintageSalah) January 12, 2019 There’s no points for style, but there was three of them for persistence. From eight games in December, eight Liverpool victories arrived alongside 23 goals scored and just three conceded. Klopp’s men tore through the final month of 2018 and they did so with a throwback to the attacking vivacity displayed last season. But having opened up the New Year by losing to City and then Wolves

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