Liverpool got back to winning ways on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion, however it was less than convincing.
Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the game with a second half penalty which he won and converted, as Jurgen Klopp’s side secured a much needed win.
It wasn’t a trademark performance from the Reds, and their nerves were obvious, but this could potentially prove to be a huge three points in the Premier League title race.
As usual there is much to be gleaned from the game, and Live4Liverpool has rounded up three things that can be learned from Liverpool’s important victory over Brighton.
Fabinho a commendable stand-in
There was much commotion in the build up to this game over the Reds’ lack of centre halves following injuries to Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
Fabinho, though, proved that there was nothing to worry about with a performance of assuredness and professionalism at the heart of the defence. Centre back isn’t the Brazilian’s natural position but he looked extremely comfortable alongside the terrific Virgil van Dijk.
While Klopp will obviously want to have his centre halves back fit as soon as possible, he’ll be relieved to know that he has a quality stand-in in Fabinho when required.
Henderson on borrowed time
While Jordan Henderson remains a vitally important Liverpool player off the field, his contributions on the pitch are looking more and more suspect in recent weeks.
The Englishman produced another lacklustre effort at the AMEX Stadium. He was deepest in midfield and seemed to take that as an invitation to play it safe. He was always looking sideways and backwards, rarely forward.
Liverpool needed their midfield players to take the initiative and drive the team on against the Seagulls, and in that Henderson failed miserably. He seemed content to do as little as possible offensively, and you have to wonder, if his current form continues, whether he will remain a starter in this Reds side.
Salah the man of the moment once again
Yet again Salah delivered when his team desperately needed him to. The game was devoid of inspiration for much of the 90 minutes but it was the Egyptian who rose above it to make the difference.
He did well to burst into the penalty area and draw the foul for the spot kick in the second half, which he emphatically converted. There have been some fans saying he dived but his leg was clearly caught by Pascal Gross.
In tight games world class players make the difference and that’s what the former Roma man did on Saturday. He is a wonderful footballer and Brighton found that out to their peril here. If he can continue in this vein then Liverpool will be very hard to stop this season.