Jürgen Klopps FC Liverpool can score the next three points in the race for the title. For FC Arsenal, on the other hand, it is a setback in the fight for a top position.
Brighton/London – FC Liverpool has found its way back into the Premier League with a narrow victory. At Brighton & Hove Albion, the leader of the league under coach Jürgen Klopp won 1:0 (0:0) and extended his lead over their rivals Manchester City to seven points for the time being.
Egyptian Mohamed Salah scored the winning goal for the Reds in the 50th minute with a penalty kick. The former Ingolstadt-born Pascal Gross had previously pulled the attacker’s jersey in the penalty area and brought down Africa’s footballer of the year. Bavaria’s next opponent in the Champions League, Liverpool, defended the narrow result through the final phase and also survived the five minutes injury time.
After the season’s first league defeat at defending champions Manchester City and the Wolverhampton Wanderers cup away defeat, Liverpool FC celebrated their first competitive victory of the new year in Brighton. Champion Manchester City can reduce the gap to the Klopp eleven to four points with a win over Wolverhampton on Monday.
Premier League: setback for FC Arsenal
Meanwhile FC Arsenal is threatening to lose the connection to the top group again. Without Mesut Özil, who are still in trouble, the Gunners lost 1-0 (0-0) to West Ham United on Saturday in the London Derby. The winning goal for the dedicated hosts under coach Mauricio Pellegrini was scored by 19-year-old Declan Rice (48 minutes).
Arsenal, who had to do without the injured ex-Dortmunder Henrich Mchitarjan in addition to Özil, has been waiting for a win for five away games. Ex-national players Shkodran Mustafi and Bernd Leno were in formation from the start. In fifth place on Saturday afternoon, the club were three points clear of fourth FC Chelsea, who will be able to beat Newcastle United in the evening.