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Watch: Fans debate Salah 'dive' as his penalty fires Liverpool seven points clear

Mohamed Salah netted a penalty that he won himself at Brighton.
Mohamed Salah netted a penalty that he won himself at Brighton.

Liverpool moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with a hard-fought 1-0 away win at Brighton.

Jurgen Klopp's side did not manage a shot on target in the first half, but were ahead early in the second after Pascal Gross fouled Mohamed Salah in the area and the Egyptian fired in the spot-kick.

Some fans on social media claimed the winger have 'dived' to win the penalty:

But it seemed fairly obvious that the African Player of the Year had, in fact had his shirt pulled:

Victory extended Liverpool's advantage at the summit ahead of third-placed Tottenham's match with Manchester United on Sunday and second-placed Manchester City's meeting with Wolves on Monday.

United will start their match with their eye on fifth place after Arsenal slumped to a 1-0 defeat at West Ham in the lunch-time kick-off.

Declan Rice scored his first career goal to settle the contest in favour of Manuel Pellegrini's side.

Burnley recorded a fourth straight win in all competitions despite not having a shot on target as they came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 courtesy of a pair of own goals at Turf Moor.

Andre Schurrle fired Fulham ahead just two minutes in with a stunning strike which crashed in off the underside of the crossbar.

But, just after Chris Wood had struck a post for the hosts, they were level in the 20th minute when Jeff Hendrick's shot deflected off Joe Bryan to find the net.

And three minutes later they were ahead as another Hendrick shot this time deflected off Denis Odoi to beat Sergio Rico.

Watford struck a post twice in the opening five minutes against Crystal Palace and their failure to score looked like costing them dear seven minutes before the break when a goalmouth scramble ended with a Craig Cathcart own goal.

But Cathcart made amends in the 67th minute when he scored at the other end to level and seven minutes later Tom Cleverley smashed a loose ball into the top corner to set Watford on their way to a 2-1 victory.

Southampton climbed out of the drop zone as they hung on for a 2-1 away win at Leicester.

James Ward-Prowse put the Saints ahead from the penalty spot in the 11th minute after Shane Long was brought down by Nampalys Mendy.

The Foxes were handed a lifeline when Southampton defender Yan Valery was sent off shortly before the break, collecting his  second yellow card after jumping in on Mark Albrighton.

But in first-half stoppage time Long made it 2-0 to Saints after pressuring Mendy and firing beyond Kasper Schmeichel.

Wilfried Ndidi got Leicester back in it just before the hour mark, bundling home from close range, but Southampton saw the game out.

It finished goalless between Cardiff and Huddersfield, with Huddersfield angered late on when referee Lee Mason initially awarded a penalty for a foul on Florent Hadergjonaj, only to change his mind after talking to his assistant.

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