Jurgen Klopp has said Liverpool are “not the Harlem Globetrotters” due to their need to deliver results over entertaining performances at this stage of the season after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brighton.
Mohamed Salah scored his 17th goal of the season from the penalty spot as Liverpool ensured their advantage at the top of the Premier League will be at least four by the end of the weekend.
Liverpool had 71 percent possession against Chris Hughton’s side but managed just three shots on target, although Klopp was left more than satisfied with the three points.
“When we started [the season] and we had results, people thought the difference between the City or Rome home game in the Champions League last year was too big,” Klopp said at his postmatch news conference. “It’s absolutely OK.
“We are not the Harlem Globetrotters, we have to deliver results. It’s difficult enough. For that we need to perform. The performance was good. It was not the best performance of the season in a few parts.
“But from a maturity point of view, I would say it was the most mature performance of the season. It’s so important. On a good day, everybody can win a football games.
“On an average day, not a lot of football teams can win football games. On a bad day, pretty much only a few teams can win football games. Today was not a bad day, it was a difficult day for us.
“It was just a difficult game because Brighton is doing really well. We played a lot of times against a 4-5-1 system, but how they do it is different. I’m really happy that the boys took the game like it is.”
It was Liverpool’s first Premier League match since their unbeaten start to the season was ended at Manchester City last week. The positive response at the AMEX Stadium means Liverpool have still not lost back-to-back games in the league under Klopp’s management.
“If you fall from the horse, the best thing you can do is go immediately back on it,” the Liverpool manager said. “Do you use that saying in English as well?
“That’s how it is. It’s cool, it’s good and important. We didn’t make a big fuss about the two defeats, to be honest. We never speak about the games before really.
“We knew that it’s really difficult to take all three points here. I’m really happy, even with the way we did it.”