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Brighton v Liverpool - story of the match

Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino buried Brighton to keep Liverpool's top-four charge on track.

The Brazilian duo, ably assisted by Mohamed Salah, tore the Seagulls to shreds in a thumping 5-1 victory.

Emre Can opened the scoring before Firmino added a quickfire second and then doubled his tally in the second half.

Glenn Murray pulled one back from the penalty spot but Coutinho hit the fourth and then forced an own-goal from Lewis Dunk to complete the rout.

Tweet of the match

"18 - Philippe Coutinho has scored more Premier League goals from outside the box than any other player since his debut in Feb 2013. Range." Opta Joe (@optajoe) crunch Coutinho's numbers.

Star man - Philippe Coutinho

Three assists and a goal for the Brazilian but this display had so much more, with his constant tricks and turns leaving the Brighton defence dazed and confused.

Moment of the match

Liverpool's fearsome front three looked unstoppable for the second goal. Salah led the charge before feeding Coutinho, who pinged the ball across for Firmino to guide home.

Data point

Since losing heavily to Spurs in mid-October, Jurgen Klopp's side have now taken 16 points from a possible 18. Only leaders Manchester City are in better form.

Ratings

Brighton: Ryan 6/10, Bruno 6, Duffy 6, Dunk 6, Bong 6, Knockaert 5, Propper 6, Stephens 6, Brown 7, Gross 5, Murray 6.

Subs: Izquierdo (for Brown, 70) 6, March (for Knockaert, 70) 6, Schelotto (for Bruno, 77) 6

Liverpool: Mignolet 7, Alexander-Arnold 6, Lovren 6, Can 7, Wijnaldum 6, Robertson 6, Milner 6, Henderson 6, Coutinho 9, Salah 8, Firmino 8.

Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Salah, 80) 6, Solanke (for Firmino 88) 6, Grujic (for Henderson, 90) 6

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