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Jurgen Klopp lavished praise on Fabinho after he starred in central defence against Brighton .

The Brazilian midfielder was dropped back to partner Virgil van Dijk after injuries to Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez.

Fabinho impressed alongside Van Dijk as the Reds won 1-0 to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.

Asked if the former Monaco man can play in defence again, Klopp said: “He is a brilliant player and I am happy that he can play (against Brighton) – it’s now pretty clear (that he can play in defence).

“It’s not like it came one attack after the other from Brighton. We had the ball most of the time, so then it makes sense to have a good footballer in that position.

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“I think Brighton tried a little bit to bring the long balls and Murray around him. That’s what they did, by the way, against Joe Gomez in the home game as well.

“He did well in these situations and with the ball it’s absolutely clear. He has a defending brain and can do it in different positions, it’s good.”

Liverpool suffered a scare with Trent Alexander-Arnold before the encounter but Klopp doesn’t think it is a serious problem.

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“The last situation warming up, I think he stepped on the ball, I didn’t see the situation, I

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