Jurgen Klopp meanwhile was in a more philosophical mood when he spoke to the press after the game:
“Nine points after three games, there’s never anything negative about that. But if you watch the games, you will see we have a lot of work to do.
“After half-time, we didn’t do exactly the same [as the first]. Maybe it’s my English or whatever, we didn’t show the same patience any more.
“The players are not exactly 100 percent fit. That’s how it is, we cannot give players a very short summer break then expect to be at the level. These games are the most important ‘session’ we can have.”
“I knew before the game that we have a lot of work to do, maybe now you know it as well.”
Klopp then spoke on Alisson, who denied an almost certain goal in the final moments—saving well at close range from Pascal Gross.
“They had their chances, Alisson had to make a big save. Nice. Good for him, good for us. 1-0 is not a result we had very often, so I’m very happy.
[The Alisson chip] was not too cool. I had a few centre-halves—like Mats Hummels—who did things like this. Alisson is obviously a very good footballing goalkeeper. I like the save more than the chip.”
On the departure of Lorius Karius he was reflective—wishing the German well in Turkey:
“We said goodbye yesterday. He’s really looking forward to it, it’s good for him.
“I really think he’s a fantastic goalkeeper, at the right age.
“I’m really happy for him, and he’s happy to have the opportunity.”
“Today was a big test, Brighton thought they could pick on Joe for the long ball, and he did really well.
“I don’t think he made one foul, he won 70 or 80 percent of his duels—he is a good footballer, I like him. He has a lot of nice things for a centre-back.
Can the Reds make it 12 points from 12 and continue their impressive start to the 2018/19 season?