Liverpool temporarily stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points after taking three points away from the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
Brighton certainly made it difficult for the league leaders though, sitting deep and relying on their defensive organisation to hold fast.
Unfortunately, from a Brighton point of view, a certain Mohamed Salah grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half, winning a penalty and converting it himself to secure a win for the Reds.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will now have to wait until Monday evening to see how title rivals Manchester City respond, but they will certainly be happy to have come away from the south coast unscathed.
It was by no means a brilliant performance from the Reds, but they got the job done, thanks in part to summer signing Fabinho.
The Brazilian midfielder was forced to deputize at centre back alongside player of the month Virgil van Dijk in the midst of a mini-crisis at the back and acquitted himself superbly.
In fact, there were many Liverpool fans calling for the Brazilian to be named man-of-the-match after his accomplished performance.
After a slow start to life at Liverpool, the 25-year-old is beginning to prove that the £40 million the Merseysiders shelled out for his services may have been somewhat of a bargain.
He is an almost guaranteed starter and will undoubtedly be one of the first names on Klopp’s team sheet as the season wears on.
Strangely though, there were a few fears that the Brazilian’s Anfield career may come to an end before it had even really started after rumours emerged linking him with a shock move to French giants PSG.
This was mainly attributed to his difficulty getting into the Liverpool side, but since then he has shown how important a player he could prove to be.
Fabinho responds to PSG links
Now, the man himself has finally spoken out on the rumours, subtly suggesting that the Parisians have used this as a tactic on the eve of big games in the past.
“I never thought of going elsewhere,” he said, speaking to L’Equipe.
“I know a lot of things were written in the newspapers, but it wasn’t true. What’s funny is that this PSG loan story came out just before our Champions League match [in November].
“And I had already experienced a similar story the day before the final of the Coupe de la Ligue between PSG and Monaco [in March 2018]. It’s a strange coincidence, isn’t it?”
Perhaps PSG leak such rumours to the media in a bid to unsettle opposing players before facing them, or perhaps it is just a coincidence - you decide.
Either way, it looks Fabinho is set to stay on Merseyside, which will please the Anfield faithful no end.
Should he play a part in helping secure Liverpool’s first Premier League title, then he might go down amongst the immortals at the club.
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