Liverpool increased their focus on the Premier League title with a 2-0 victory over Brighton, bringing them within three points of the top.

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Klopp’s side fell for only the third time this season in a midweek match against Inter, but they bounced back with an eighth straight league victory at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Luis Diaz, a new signing for Liverpool, scored a beautiful goal in the 19th minute by getting in front of Robert Sanchez, who was maybe fortunate to escape any punishment for colliding with the forward.

Mohamed Salah added a second from the penalty spot – Liverpool’s 2,000th goal in the competition – to increase the pressure on City ahead of Monday’s trip to Crystal Palace.

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Brighton had gone three league games without losing to Liverpool before falling down to Diaz’s second goal in a Liverpool shirt in the first quarter.

After being knocked out by Sanchez, the former Porto winger attacked Joel Matip’s chipped pass over the top and got his head to it, but he was unable to celebrate the score.

Sanchez stayed on the field because referee Mike Dean did not review the incident on the monitor, but Albion’s reprieve was short-lived as Salah increased the Reds’ lead.

Having missed a couple of presentable opportunities, the Egypt international fired a penalty right down the middle after Naby Keita’s shot hit Yves Bissouma on the arm.

After becoming just the second Premier League side after Manchester United to hit a landmark 2,000 goals, Liverpool sat comfortably on their lead to see through another victory.

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