With an ultimately routine victory at the Amex against Brighton, Liverpool closes the gap to their title rivals Manchester City down to just three points.
It is essentially wrapping up the win midway through the second half and taking the opportunity to rest some key players.
Salah confirmed the three points would be heading to Merseyside with the club’s 2000th Premier League goal.
And Brighton never looked much like fighting their way back into it afterwards, continuing their recent decline.
BRIGHTON (3-5-2): Robert Sanchez;
Joel Veltman, Lewis Dunk, Marc Cucurella;
Tariq Lamptey, Alexis Mac Allister, Yves Bissouma, Steven Alzate, Solly March;
Leandro Trossard, Neal Maupay.
SUBS: Jason Steele, Danny Welbeck, Pascal Gross, Enock Mwepu, Marc Leonard,
Adam Lallana, Jakub Moder, Thomas McGill, Shane Duffy.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson;
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson;
Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita;
Luis Diaz, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah.
SUBS: Caoimhin Kelleher, Thiago Alcantara, Harvey Elliott, James Milner,
Joe Gomez, Curtis Jones, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Konstantinos Tsimikas.
Bravely chasing on to a delightful chipped pass from Matip, a header by Diaz on the edge of the box finds the bottom corner, just as a wild challenge by Sanchez flattens the winger! Brighton 0-1 Liverpool.
SALAH SLOTS HOME! Salah’s confident attempt slams into the back of the Brighton net from the penalty spot as he rams the ball powerfully down the centre of the goal. Brighton 0-2 Liverpool.
Asked about the race, Klopp told BT Sport:
“We don’t avoid, but it’s not our job really to call it like that.”
He knows City will be difficult to reel in, despite the gap closing and Liverpool having a trip to the Etihad Stadium coming up next month.
“You expect them just to win the games when you see them playing,” Klopp said.
“As long as we are behind them, we don’t feel the title. So we think the only thing we want is to win football games and as many as somehow possible.
“I can see that in the boys’ faces and their body language. So we are ready for that.
“This race doesn’t need a name for us, and we just want to win as many football games as possible.”
So, where else do Liverpool and Brighton go from here?
Liverpool is next in action in midweek when they visit Arsenal.
Meanwhile, the next chance to halt a losing run will come on home soil for Brighton, who welcome Tottenham on Wednesday.
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