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Salah on target as Liverpool make it three wins from three to go top of the Premier League

Mohamed Salah’s first-half strike was the difference between the sides at Anfield on Saturday.

Salah has now scored 29 goals in 29 appearances at Anfield for Liverpool.
Salah has now scored 29 goals in 29 appearances at Anfield for Liverpool.
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LIVERPOOL MAINTAINED THEIR 100 per cent record in the early weeks of the Premier League season thanks to Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.

Mohamed Salah, the Golden Boot winner last term, scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half to net his second of the new campaign – a precise curling finish from Roberto Firmino’s assist.

Firmino had already been superbly denied by Mat Ryan by that stage, but the Australian was not given the thorough examination he might have expected at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s men never looked likely to relinquish their lead, however, as Brighton threatened only sporadically, allowing new goalkeeper Alisson and his back four to pick up a third straight clean sheet to kick off 2018-19.

Liverpool v Torino - Pre-Season - Anfield Alisson has kept three clean sheets after three Premier League games. Source: Nick Potts

Liverpool began brightly and within 15 minutes had seen Ryan pull off a sensational save to keep out Firmino’s downward header and Trent Alexander-Arnold curl a free-kick against the crossbar.

The Reds soon took the lead as James Milner robbed Yves Bissouma high up the field and the ball was worked to the right from Sadio Mane to Firmino to Salah, whose first-time finish glanced in off the far post via Ryan’s fingertips.

Klopp’s men were given a let-off early in the second period as an off-balance Anthony Knockaert shot wide from a promising position inside the box.

There were a couple more nervy moments as the clock ticked down, including Alisson’s fine save to keep out Pascal Gross’ 89th-minute header, which allowed Liverpool to preserve their status as the only side in the division yet to concede a goal.

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