Liverpool did exactly what they needed to do against Brighton on Saturday – come away with the three points.
It didn’t matter how. It didn’t have to be pretty, Jurgen Klopp’s men didn’t have to blow their opponents away, the Reds’ front three didn’t all have to get on the scoresheet. All that mattered was getting that win.
Mohamed Salah’s second half penalty proved decisive on the day as the Premier League leaders extended their advantage to seven points ahead of Manchester City’s Monday night meeting with Wolves.
A patient and professional display from the visitors marked the perfect response to consecutive defeats to begin 2019.
On a day when Chris Hughton’s well-organised side limited their opponents to few clear-cut chances, Liverpool still managed to flaunt their ever-present threat on the counter.
Here’s what fans had to say on the victory…
Crucial win to get us back on track after the City defeat to send us 7 points clear for now at least. That could be the sort of win that could well be looked back as massive come the end of the season #LFC
— Shane Delaney (@Kingshane92) January 12, 2019
3 PTs, another clean sheet. Matip returns next meaning we can finally put Fabinho back in midfield ❤️ Gomez back soon too. Fabinho put in a mature performance today at CB. Trent seemed hurt in some phases, but saved the game. 7 points clear tonight 😍 #BRILIV #LFC
— SparkyyJen xX (@JustJennifer97) January 12, 2019
Proper professional performance from the team today. Nothing pretty or fancy about it. Just proper defending and controlling the game.
Thought Fabinho at CB alongside Virgil was brilliant. 🙌👏
— Nikhil 🇮🇳 🔴 (@ranjan_rants) January 12, 2019
— Neil Murphy (@murphy2708) January 12, 2019
A midfielder at centre back and the first time Brighton have failed to score at home since March, Van Dijk’s unbelievable 🔴 #LFC
— Adam (@scazza_LFC) January 12, 2019
That’s a great 3 points. Nervous ending but another clean sheet and excellent performance from Fabino at the back #LFC
— Howard Cover (@HowardCover) January 12, 2019
— Joel Young (@iamjoelyoung) January 12, 2019
Job done. We can win every game 1-0 from now until the end of the season as fast as I’m concerned. I just want the Prem. UP THE REDS! 🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴#LFC #LiverpoolFC #YNWA #BRILIV #PremierLeague #WeWontStop pic.twitter.com/G9pdodyeSu
— Matty Line (@MattyLine) January 12, 2019
This was a massive massive win. Doesn't matter how, Liverpool had to win today. Brighton offered nothing going forward.
After a defeat, it's how you bounce back. Come on you reds!! #LFC #BHALIV #bbcfootball #YNWA
— lfcway (@lfcway) January 12, 2019