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Liverpool bounced back from defeats away to Man City and Wolves with a narrow victory on the south coast against Brighton.

With the Reds suffering their first Premier League defeat just nine days ago against Man City, all the talk pre-match was about how the Reds would respond.

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.

Liverpool have been hit by injuries woes in defence over the last three weeks, which meant Fabinho took up a centre back role next to Virgil Van Dijk.

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.

The Reds’ first sight of game came on nine minutes, Andy Robertson fired in a wonderful low ball that just escaped the boot of a fully stretched Roberto Firmino.

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.

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