The Warm Down: Diaz dazzles in South Coast sunshine
Luis Diaz of Liverpool scores the first goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool at American Express Community Stadium on March 12, 2022 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

It was a comfortable day at the office for Jurgen Klopp and his men as they condemned Brighton to a fifth consecutive Premier League defeat. 

A brave Luis Diaz header and a Mohamed Salah penalty were enough to secure a 2-0 victory.

Here are the key takeaways. 

  • Delightful Diaz 

The Colombian winger scored his second goal for the Reds when he latched onto Joel Matip's pass and headed it towards goal before being clattered by Robert Sanchez

The Seagulls keeper somehow stayed on the pitch to the surprise of pundits and fans alike. 

Diaz was also involved in the second goal, carrying the ball into the box before it was cleared to Naby Keita, his shot blocked by the arm of Yves Bissouma

He was a threat all-game, providing Liverpool with a constant outlet and created two chances for his teammates. 

However, Klopp will be have been most impressed by his defensive workrate.

He won back possession six times, and made two interceptions and two tackles. 

Quite rightfully voted MOTM by the BT Sport commentators, the 25-year-old could be a key asset as the Reds chase down Manchester City in the title race.

  • Terrific Trent shines again

Trent Alexander-Arnold was once again brilliant at both ends of the pitch.

He was a threat as the Reds went forward, creating four chances, and completing more crosses (5/9) and more accurate long balls (7/11) than any other player. 

It was when his side were on the back-foot that the 23-year-old was particularly impressive though. 

He recovered two balls, and looked very strong in one-on-one duels.

The 23-year-old has definitely improved his position and anticipation since being dropped from the England squad last season.

He is the most complete he has ever been, and is well on the way to becoming the greatest full-back the Premier League has ever seen.

  • Best goalkeeper in the world?

Alisson Becker was rarely called into action at the AMEX Stadium, but he delivered when he was.

His superb reaction save from Danny Welbeck in 89th minute from point-blank kept his clean sheet intact and brought him level with compatriot Ederson for clean sheets this season (15). 

"Ali is a world-class goalie but from my understanding he should not have to show that in each game.

‘He showed it again and that’s good, that’s why we have a clean sheet," Klopp said in his post match press-conference.

That clean sheet could prove the difference in what promises to be an extremely tight title race. 

  • Salah to be assessed ahead of trip to Arsenal

Mo Salah could not catch a break in-front of goal before he was given the chance from 12-yards. 

Having struck both posts against Inter, his deflected 57th minute shot hit the crossbar. 

He had already rolled what seemed an easy finish wide after some lovely work from Diaz and shot straight at Sanchez from a tight angle in the first half. 

He went down in the 64th minute and Liverpool took no precautions with their star man.

Klopp confirmed after the match that his injury needs to be assessed despite Salah. 

"He thinks it's not serious but you can see when Mo Salah is sitting down then something is not 100 per cent right," Klopp told BT Sport. 

Liverpool face a nervous wait to see if the Egyptian will be fit for a tough trip to Arsenal on Wednesday. 

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