First published by insidefutbol.com,
Jurgen Klopp has conceded that his Liverpool side did not produce one of their best performances in their 1-0 win over Brighton on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool dominated the game from the first minute and controlled possession and tempo of the game as Brighton defended gamely. However, despite all their dominating the Reds were struggling to cut open the home side’s disciplined defence. There were very few chances created and their attacks were getting bogged down in the final third.
The first real chance came towards the half-hour mark when Trent Alexander-Arnold delivered a left-footed cross and Xherdan Shaqiri’s glanced header was just a fraction wide of the goal.
Liverpool were still not asking enough questions and Mohamed Salah was not given an inch of space to work with, in the first half.
Following the break, Liverpool came out with intent and won Salah won a penalty when Pascal Gross fouled him inside the box to stop one of his wriggling runs. The Egyptian stepped up and converted the spot to give the Reds a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute.
At the other end, Solly March produced a low cross after a counter-attacking run and it found Gross, whose shot was importantly blocked by Fabinho.
Liverpool continued to hog the ball but Jurgen Locadia was just inches away from equalising when his 30-yard shot was deflected just wide of Alisson’s goal.
Georginio Wijnaldum came close to sealing the points in the 80th minute when his 18-yard shot fizzed wide of the post following some