Liverpool opened the gap at the top of the Premier League toan astonishing 11 points, thanks to their goalscoring hero Virgil van Dijk.
But it was far from plain sailing for Jurgen Klopp’s side as Alisson was dismissed 13 minutes from time as he raced out of his goal, and handled beyond the penalty area, to deny visiting sub Leoandro Trossard.
The blatant handball left referee Martin Atkinson with no option but to dismiss he Brazilian keeper, and that left the Reds clinging on grimly when Brighton skipper Lewis Dunk scored from the resulting free kick.
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It was a bizarre goal, with sub keeper Adrian not ready when Dunk rolled the ball slowly into the far corner under a jumping
wall but Atkinson had blown the whistle and despite home protests the goal was allowed to stand.
The reds hang on to capitalised on Manchester City’s slip-up at Newcastle earlier in the day to go 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League.