…. Liverpool didn’t quite hit the high notes as well as Jurgen Klopp might have liked but his band bagged three points in Brighton.
Jurgen Klopp was satisfied with both the performance of his team and the result as Liverpool beat Brighton and Hove Albion by a single goal for the second time this season.
Liverpool were far from their fluent best against a Brighton side that set up to be compact and make life difficult for the visiting Reds.
The match went to the break deadlocked but Mohammed Salah would convert a penalty he won early in the second half and Liverpool hung on to claim all three points.
Speaking after the result Klopp said: “It wasn’t an opera, but still it was a nice song. I liked the maturity of the team, I like this new side of them.
“This kind of concentration level is difficult to keep; the boys did it.
“Today was not a day for a massive result. They defended like they defended because they knew one mistake from us and they’re back in the game. We won it and I’m absolutely happy about that.”
Klopp reserved special praise for Brazilian Fabinho who was deployed at centre back in the wake of Liverpool’s injury crisis.
Fabinho has played at fullback for Brazil but has been deployed as a defensive midfielder for Liverpool this term until putting in a solid display alongside Virgil van Dijk against Brighton at the Amex.
Klopp felt Fabinho did fantastically well to deal with the varied threats posed by Brighton, who were kept scoreless at home for the first time in ten months.
The German added: “He’s a brilliant player. It was not one attack after another, we had the ball most of the time.
Brighton tried to bring the long balls around Murray, like with Joe Gomez in the home game as well – but he did well in these situations as well!”
The home side might have felt a few marginals calls went against them on a frustrating day but consensus on the Salah penalty is that it definitely was a spot-kick.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton said he has no complaints about the penalty but said that on balance decisions favoured Liverpool.
Hughton said: “Mo Salah is probably the most dangerous player in those positions, one-on-one.
“I think it favoured Liverpool, in the balance of the decisions.”
Liverpool now lead the Premier League by seven points with Manchester City set to face Wolves on Monday with a chance to cut that lead back to four points.
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