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Virgil van Dijk scored both Liverpool's goals as the league leaders beat Brighton 2-1 at Anfield
Virgil van Dijk scored both Liverpool’s goals as the league leaders beat Brighton 2-1 at Anfield (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool equalled a club record following their nervy 2-1 victory over Brighton at Anfield which stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League, temporarily at least, to 11 points.

Two Virgil van Dijik first half goals, both headers following typically pinpoint Trent Alexander-Arnold crosses, looked to have put Jurgen Klopp’s side on their way to a straightforward victory.

But Alisson Becker’s red card for deliberate handball in the 76th minute gifted the visitors a route back into the contest and when Lewis Dunk’s scored from the resulting free kick, catching replacement goalkeeper Adrian unawares, a tense finish ensued.

Liverpool did cling on, however, and capitalised on Manchester City dropping two points at Newcastle at St James’ Park, with their former midfielder Jonjo Shelvey earning the Magpies a point with a stunning injury time goal.

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Liverpool have now gone 31 games in the top flight without defeat, the first time they have accomplished that since they did so between May 1987-March 1988, and will go one better if they win or draw at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday.

Liverpool overcame Alisson Becker's red card to beat Brighton 2-1 at Anfield
Liverpool overcame Alisson Becker’s red card to beat Brighton 2-1 at Anfield (Picture: Getty)

Reacting to the win over Brighton, Jurgen Klopp said: ‘It was unnecessary [for the game to be nervy at the end], of course, because we had unbelievable chances. Their keeper made some good saves.

‘It was difficult this game because Brighton are a good football side. They put players between the lines. They put so many players there so it’s difficult to defend. They had a lot of possession and we had to work really hard. I loved that the boys were prepared to do that after a busy week.

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‘We then had the red card for Alisson. Adrian comes in with cold feet and cold hands but made two really good saves. The boys threw everything on the pitch. It’s unbelievable how much they want to win. They made it a really special win.’

On Liverpool’s current 11-point advantage at the top, he added: ‘It’s how it is. But if Leicester win tomorrow we are eight points. We don’t think about these things. It was just to win this game. We have one more day between now and the next game so we have to use that and then we try again.’

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