Jurgen Klopp hailed his Liverpool team for grinding out a “mature” 1-0 win at Brighton on Saturday.
The Premier League leaders needed a Mo Salah penalty to bounce back from two straight losses to return to winning ways and reopen a seven-point lead at the top of the table.
Liverpool was clinical if unimpressive on the south coast, having lost 2-1 at Man City in their previous league outing before being beaten by Wolves in the FA Cup third round by the same scoreline.
After a dour first half, Salah produced a moment of trademark individual skill to win the spot-kick he converted five minutes into the second half after Pascal Gross had fouled him following the Egyptian’s neat footwork in the penalty area.
The German boss says: “The headline after the game is ‘very mature’. You saw the game and it’s obviously a big challenge for everybody to stay calm and to stay concentrated because each little situation can be a massive threat or counter-attack.
"We are not the Harlem Globetrotters, we have to deliver results. For that, we need to perform.
"The performance was good. It was not the best performance of the season in a few departments but I would say it was the most mature performance of the season.”
Xherdan Shaqiri, who got a rare start, missed Liverpool’s best chance in the opening half when he headed just wide after Trent