Five talking points from Liverpool 2-1 Brighton

AnalysisFive talking points from Liverpool 2-1 Brighton

By Glenn Price at Anfield


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Liverpool returned from the international break with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield on Sunday.

After the setback of Danny Welbeck's early opener, Luis Diaz equalised for the Reds midway through the first half and Mohamed Salah's 65th-minute finish clinched the three points.

Here are five talking points from the game...

Mentality monsters turn up again

Add this turnaround to the long list already created so far this season.

Liverpool have now grabbed a remarkable 26 points from losing positions in the Premier League – a division high, with Tottenham Hotspur next best at 22.

Granted, the Reds had more than 88 minutes to put things right here after Welbeck's opener, but the stakes are high in this three-way title race and pressure can sometimes tell.

This was also against a club who have caused Jürgen Klopp's men a fair bit of trouble in the last few seasons. Coming into the game, they had only won one of their last seven Premier League meetings with the Seagulls.

But the hosts were not to be denied – again – and started the season's run-in as they mean to go on.

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300 up for the boss

The hard-fought win brought up an eye-catching milestone for Klopp.

Including successes via a penalty shootout, the German has now guided Liverpool to 300 victories during his glorious reign.

He's in fine company, too, as only the fourth manager in the club's history to reach a triple century, alongside Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Tom Watson.

Klopp's achievement came on what was his 480th match in charge, with this his 325th in the Premier League.

Magnificent Mac Allister

Mac Allister showed no mercy against his former club with a sensational, all-action display in midfield.

The No.10 was the heartbeat of this comeback, constantly on the ball and probing, while covering immense ground in a defensive capacity.

Unsurprisingly, he was central to the goal that put Liverpool ahead. He fizzed a pass into Salah in a tight area and the forward did the rest.

Mac Allister led his team in chances created (five) and final-third entries (11). He completed 58 of his 63 passes and won possession six times throughout the afternoon.

An absolute joy to watch.

Sublime Salah stats

Salah extended his record as Liverpool's best-ever goalscorer against Brighton.

His clinical finish here was his ninth in 15 outings versus the Seagulls. That's now three clear of Sir Kenny Dalglish's tally.

With six assists to account for as well, the Egyptian's 15 goal contributions is his most against a single opponent in the league.

The only Red with more goals and assists against one club in the Premier League is Steven Gerrard, who registered 16 in total during encounters with Newcastle United.

Marching on

Liverpool continued their remarkable winning streak on March 31.

They've now won their last 10 matches played on the final day of the third month. Coincidentally, the last four of those have each been by a scoreline of 2-1.

The last time the Reds didn't walk away with victory on this date was all the way back in 1985, when Manchester United left Anfield with a 1-0 result.



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