Rock ’n’ roll Reds hailed by Klopp

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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 tonight.

Rice sinks Arse­nal

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.”

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. – AFP

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