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Liverpool edged out Brighton to further prove their title credentials on Saturday, with the watching media singling out certain players for special praise.

The Reds had to really battle for all three points at the Amex Stadium, although their dominance was clear throughout.

Mohamed Salah‘s second-half penalty earned Jurgen Klopp‘s a precious 1-0 win, taking them seven points clear of Man City.

Liverpool were never at their free-flowing best on a tricky afternoon on the south coast, but that doesn’t mean individuals didn’t still catch the eye.

Below we compare our ratings with those from the Liverpool Echo, the Mirror, Sky Sports, ESPN, Anfield Index, FotMob and the This is Anfield readers:

There were three players who came out on top in the average rating stakes – Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk and Salah (all 7.8).

Fabinho was excellent in a relatively unknown centre-back role, producing a performance that suggested he had played there his whole career.

This is Anfield’s Henry Jackson even felt the Brazilian “arguably looked a calmer presence than Dejan Lovren,” with his intelligent reading of the game on show from minute one.

Van Dijk was also superb at the Amex, as he again strengthened his hold on being currently considered the best centre-back in the world.

Anfield Index’s Leanne Prescott hailed him as “a great, assertive figure to have in cagey games such as these,” with his influence on the back line unrivalled.

Salah was Liverpool’s match-winner yet again and his solitary strike means

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