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Liverpool made it three wins out of three after dispatching Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 at Anfield. The only goal of the match came from Mohamed Salah in the 23rd minute but the Reds were far from their fluent best at home.

The Reds were incredible in the opening game against West Ham United and were provided with a stern test of their title credentials against Crystal Palace but this should have been an easy three points.

Brighton, however, are a tough side to beat as Manchester United found out. We did have our chances with Trent Alexander-Arnold hitting the post from a free-kick but it was a Gegenpressing moment that got us the goal.

Yves Bissouma was slow on the ball and bam, James Milner took the ball from the Malian. The ball reached Sadio Mane and he set up Salah, who finished with a first-time shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Liverpool struggle to find their rhythm

The problem with our game at Anfield was too many misplaced passes. Even some of the players looked out of touch.

Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane had off nights. For all the talk about Mane being the player in form, almost every decision he made did not work.

He couldn’t hit the target, couldn’t pick the right passes and often made the wrong runs.

Salah had a number of chances to score but either Matt Ryan denied him or the Brighton defence did.

The Egyptian did have one important stat thanks to the goal, showing how he has grown during his time at Anfield.

Fortress Anfield

Liverpool were unbeaten at home last season and have won both their games this time as well. We would need to continue this sort of form and OptaJoe had another incredible stat to share.

Liverpool did drop points at home last season with draws against lowly sides like Everton but that has to change this time around.

This match could have been another game where we drop points, had it not been for Alisson.

Repaying Liverpool already

Alisson was always going to be the centre of attention and the Brazilian has provided a couple of stellar moments since moving to Liverpool.

The first was an audacious flick over Anthony Knockaert as the forward tried to put pressure on the Brazilian.

Alisson

Alisson is known for his distribution and passing range but this was something out of street football. The keeper did have a hairy moment or two while trying to play out of the back but he was brought in to keep clean sheets.

And that is exactly what the 25-year-old ensured late in the game.

Pascal Gross got in between Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez and headed a cross.

The ball was racing into the net but Alisson used both fists to push it away and preserve our lead. This wasn’t a tough save but the Brazilian’s concentration levels were strong as he came up good when we needed it.

Gomez, Van Dijk and Wijnaldum impressed

As we touched upon, Van Dijk and Gomez were brilliant at the back once again. The pair has dealt with the likes of Christian Benteke, Marko Arnautovic and Glenn Murray in the opening three games of the season and have looked comfortable.

All three attackers provide varying threats but our pairing looks great and should continue for as long as possible.

Another player made a big name for himself, Georginio Wijnaldum. The Dutch midfielder started his third game of the season for us and this was probably his best performance.

Wijnaldum misplaced just one out of his 76 passes at Anfield and has easily been the most consistent midfielder this season.

Even though we have Naby Keita, James Milner and Jordan Henderson fit and ready, the one player that seems undroppable at the moment is Wijnaldum.

This was a great test for our side as it seemed like a game we would have drawn or lost a couple of years ago but Klopp has made us resilient.

Read more: Excellent Wijnaldum, Average Mane – The best and the worst-rated Liverpool stars against Brighton & Hove Albion

Our attack needs one moment to make teams pay and that was on display at Anfield. The season is long and we haven’t hit our stride yet but think of what we could end up doing once we play to our potential!

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Former Manchester United star believes only Liverpool can “stop” Manchester City

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Gary Neville has claimed that only Liverpool can stop Manchester City after the Cityzens dispatched Manchester United in the Manchester derby on Sunday.

The Reds are a couple of points behind Pep Guardiola’s side, and after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Everton, the former United man believes the Blues don’t have it in them to stop City.

Speaking on his podcast (h/t Liverpool Echo), the Englishman believed City were on the right track to retaining their Premier League crown:

“Winning one league is an achievement, winning back-to-back titles makes you a great team and Man City are on the brink of that.

“At this moment in time, I only feel like Liverpool can stop them.”

Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Neville stated that although Chelsea are doing well under Maurizio Sarri, only the Reds were capable of stopping City.

The former Manchester United defender added that there is another problem as we seem to be the only team capable of taking points off the Cityzens.

“The problem for Liverpool is that it doesn’t look like anyone else can lay a glove on City, that’s the problem they’ve got.”

Guardiola’s men have been supreme this season but they have dropped points against Wolverhampton Wanderers and lost to Lyon in the Champions League.

Read more: “Hopefully they can win the Premier League” – Former Liverpool star urges club to break Premier League duck

We need someone else to beat or draw with City to have a real chance of winning the title, and hopefully, a rival steps up and puts a spanner in City’s machine soon.

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“Now it’s time to celebrate my birthday” – What the Liverpool players said after 2-0 win over Fulham

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Liverpool survived a bit of a scare early on but got the three points with a 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.

The win pushed us up to second in the Premier League table as Chelsea drew and Manchester City won their respective games.

It seemed that Aleksandar Mitrovic had opened the scoring in the first half but his effort was ruled offside.

Quick thinking from Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold helped Mohamed Salah score the first goal of the game, and the Egyptian posted an image of his boots.

The other goalscorer was Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss star volleyed in our second after half-time and he certainly was pleased with his performance at Anfield.

Andy Robertson provided the cross for our second, and the Scottish captain was happy that the Reds won after their midweek defeat to Red Star Belgrade.

James Milner got a few minutes on the pitch after coming on as a substitute.

Our starting midfielders were Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum. While the Brazilian did a great job in midfield, Wijnaldum had more to celebrate.

It was the Dutch midfielder’s birthday and Jurgen Klopp did sub him around 20 minutes before the end of the game.

Simon Mignolet hasn’t played a single minute in our Premier League campaign, but the Belgian was quick to celebrate the win too.

Read more: “Hopefully they can win the Premier League” – Former Liverpool star urges club to break Premier League duck

Liverpool play Watford when the players return after the international break. The Reds are a couple of points behind Manchester City at the top of the table, and getting the three points at Vicarage Road will be difficult.

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Liverpool handed incredible home record after 2-0 win over Fulham

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Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Fulham sent them to the top of the Premier League until Manchester City’s win over Manchester United in the late game.

The win took us to 30 points from 12 matches and helped us reach a small milestone too. The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds now have the best home record of any team in the top five leagues.

Barcelona held the record with 42 unbeaten home games, but the Catalan’s surprisingly lost to Real Betis 4-3 yesterday.

The last time we lost a home Premier League game was in 2017 with Crystal Palace getting the three points.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Christian Benteke was the chief architect of our destruction that day, and the report claims that we haven’t lost the 27 games held at Anfield since.

The Reds have picked up 18 wins and nine draws from those 27 games, and this season, we have been solid at the back too.

Liverpool have conceded only one goal in their home Premier League games this season which was against Cardiff a couple of weeks ago.

Our home form has been excellent under Jurgen Klopp and we face some tough sides before the end of the year.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp speaks out about Fulham’s disallowed goal and Liverpool’s quick thinking

Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal all visit Anfield before the New Year. The festive period could define our Premier League challenge, and it will be interesting to see if we can finish this campaign unbeaten.

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