Brighton 0-1 Liverpool

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Liverpool have been awarded four penalties in their last four league matches, with three coming for fouls on Salah.

Liverpool supporters have praised defender Virgil Van Dijk as footage emerged showing the Dutchman trying to rally his side in the closing stages of Saturday's 1-0 victory at Brighton.

Brighton's players and fans reacted angrily to Salah winning the penalty under Pascal Gross' heavy challenge, but Robertson has mounted a strong defence of his Anfield team-mate.

'I was at the edge of the box (against Brighton) and it was a stonewaller. They still appealed. It's a bit of desperation'.

Rafa Benitez claimed the former Roma winger won a "soft" penalty in the 4-0 win over Newcastle on Boxing Day, while Jurgen Klopp was forced to defend Salah after he was accused of simulation in the win 5-1 over Arsenal. If people are starting to say Mo has gone down easily, it's not fair.

Liverpool produced a clinical if unimpressive performance on the south coast, having lost 2-1 at City in their previous league outing before being beaten by Wolves in the FA Cup third round by the same scoreline.

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"I'm completely happy even with the way we did it because I saw pretty early in the game that it was a harsh one, really tough that we would come through".

A Mohamed Salah penalty in the second half was enough for the Reds as they extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points.

There's no doubt that the Premier League leaders will take confidence from keeping a clean sheet and getting back to winning ways against Chris Hughton's team.

"I think it was the most mature performance we have made so far", Klopp said.

"We played a lot of times against a 4-5-1, it's really hard".

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