Jurgen Klopp felt that a newfound maturity in his Liverpool side helped the Premier League leaders return to winning ways at Brighton and Hove Albion.
Chris Hughton’s impeccably well-drilled side remained on level terms at the break, with Liverpool looking to bounce back from their loss to title rivals Manchester City last week and a subsequent FA Cup reverse at Wolves.
Mohamed Salah provided the crucial contribution in a 1-0 victory by winning and converting a 50th-minute penalty to re-establish a seven-point lead at the summit for the Reds, with Tottenham and City in action over the coming days.
‘It was very hard-earned and that’s how it is. A massive, massive game,’ Klopp said. ‘Everyone knows how difficult it is to go to Brighton.
‘You have to be creative against a really good organised side with the counter-attack threat in your mind – plus the long balls that are always 50% situations.
‘It was a really mature performance from my side. This season that is a new skill and we have to keep that.
‘The second half was much better. We learned from the first half. So I like the performance.
‘It’s not an opera of football, but it’s still a really nice song.’
Klopp insisted that Liverpool’s newly-bolstered lead at the top of the table means little as City and Tottenham prepare for respective matches against Wolves and Manchester United.
‘It means nothing. We take all the points we can. We have 57 now – that’s the situation and that’s cool,’ he added.
‘We all know the difference will be tomorrow and on Monday night. We can only win our games.’