It wasn’t easy, but Liverpool got the job done at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Jurgen Klopp’s side defeated Brighton 1-0 to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points.
Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the game as Liverpool responded to their defeat to Manchester City in the perfect way.
Brighton made things difficult for Liverpool by defending deep but the visitors found a way through when Salah was brought down inside the area by Pascal Gross in the second half.
The Egyptian got to his feet and scored the resulting spot-kick for his 17th goal of the season.
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"I think it was the most mature performance we have made so far," Klopp told BBC Sport at full-time.
"We know we can control the game and we are not that childish anymore."
Michael Owen reacts to Liverpool's win
The attention now turns to Man City, who host Wolves on Monday evening.
Pep Guardiola’s side cut the deficit to four points with a 2-1 win against Liverpool last week.
But Michael Owen believes they will have been hurt by the manner of Liverpool’s response.
“1-0s, 1-0s, 1-0s, they hurt the opposition,” Owen told Premier League Productions after the match.
“When Manchester City are watching, ok if Liverpool go and win four or five then fine, they’ve won. But when it’s 1-0 it just hurts that little bit more.
“They will have been watching the results coming in all day today and I think that’s hurt them.”
He’s made an interesting point.
Brighton didn’t manage a single shot on Alisson Becker’s goal but had they shown a bit of attacking intent, they could have nicked a goal.
And that would have changed the way we’re currently talking about the title race.
But Liverpool held on and the lead now sits at seven points. All eyes are now on Man City.