Jurgen Klopp lauded his side for being more than a circus act yesterday, claiming their narrow win at Brighton showed a new maturity.
Liverpool got their title assault back on track courtesy of Mo Salah’s penalty and while Klopp admitted the performance had flaws, he was still delighted.
‘It was not the best performance of the season in a few departments but from a maturity point of view, I would say it is the most mature performance in the season,’ he said. ‘We are not Circus Roncalli, we are not the Harlem Globetrotters. We have to deliver results. On a good day, everybody can win football games, on an average day not a lot of teams can win football games, and on bad days only a few can win football games. Today was not a bad day but it was a difficult day for us.
‘It was just a difficult day because we have to say that Brighton is doing really well.’
Salah smashed home his 14th league goal of the season from the spot in the 49th-minute after he was felled by Pascal Gross. The strike was enough to put more daylight between the division’s top two teams, although Pep Guardiola’s City can close the gap back to four points when they face Wolves tomorrow.