Liver­pool Ex­tend Lead

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LON­DON (Dis­patches) - Mo­hamed Salah’s sec­ond-half penalty moved Liver­pool seven points clear at the top of the Premier League thanks to a 1-0 win away to Brighton, while Arse­nal’s hopes of a top-four fin­ish suf­fered an­other body blow in de­feat by West Ham on Satur­day.

Chelsea now lead the Gun­ners by six points in the race for Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion after beat­ing New­cas­tle 2-1.

Liver­pool man­ager Jur­gen Klopp ad­mit­ted it had been “no opera” watch­ing his side strug­gle to cre­ate chances on the south coast in a game of lit­tle goal­mouth in­ci­dent other than Salah’s 17th goal of the sea­son after the Egyp­tian had been hauled down by Pas­cal Gross five min­utes into the sec­ond half.

“We are not the Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters, we have to de­liver re­sults,” said Klopp, as his side got back to win­ning ways after a first Premier League de­feat of the sea­son by Manch­ester City and an FA Cup exit to Wolves.

“For that, we need to per­form. The per­for­mance was good. It was not the best per­for­mance of the sea­son in a few de­part­ments but I would say it was the most ma­ture per­for­mance of the sea­son.”

City can close the gap to four points with vic­tory over Wolves on Mon­day, while Tot­ten­ham can close to within six should they move above the cham­pi­ons with vic­tory over Manch­ester United.

How­ever, if United con­tinue Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer’s per­fect record as care­taker boss, the Red Devils will have eroded an eight-point gap to Arse­nal in the month since Jose Mour­inho was sacked.

Teenager De­clan Rice scored his first West Ham goal as Unai Emery’s men suf­fered on the road once more in a 1-0 loss at the Lon­don Sta­dium.

Me­sut Ozil was again not se­lected even in Emery’s squad as Arse­nal’s win­less run away from home in the league ex­tended to five games.

“We de­cided that the play­ers here were the best for this match,” said Emery of the Ger­man’s ab­sence.

“We’ve won with him, we’ve lost with him. No one player makes the dif­fer­ence be­tween win­ning and los­ing the game.”

How­ever, it was not a per­fect af­ter­noon for the Ham­mers ei­ther as Marko Ar­nau­tovic ap­peared to wave good­bye to the home fans when sub­sti­tuted with the Aus­trian strongly linked with a move to the Chi­nese Su­per League.

Chelsea took ad­van­tage of Arse­nal’s de­feat de­spite mak­ing heavy work of see­ing off New­cas­tle.

Pe­dro Ro­driguez’s early opener was can­celled out by Ciaran Clark’s header for the vis­i­tors, but Wil­lian’s fine 57th-minute strike se­cured all three points for Mau­r­izio Sarri’s men.

De­feat al­lied to re­sults else­where saw New­cas­tle slip into the bot­tom three as 10-man Southamp­ton held out to win 2-1 at Le­ices­ter.

-James Ward-Prowse’s penalty gave the Saints an 11th-minute lead be­fore Yann Valery was sent off.

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