Liverpool made to sweat before cool Mo Salah eases title nerves

If this is to be Liverpool’s year then it may actually prove to have been an underlying resilience and ability to bounce back from set-backs within games, rather than a dazzling forward line or stingy defence, that sees them home. They were rarely at their best on the south coast but, confronted by awkward opponents forcing themselves clear of trouble near the foot, they still prevailed to move two points clear. It is nights like these which can make the difference.

Not that the visitors’ ability to recover from a deficit to move back ahead of Manchester City in this hypnotic title race should have come as a surprise. Liverpool had conceded first to Burnley recently, and again at Bayern Munich in the Champions League. They had cracked to suffer potentially damaging equalisers to Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur. Yet each time they had found a way to win.

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