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Jurgen Klopp hails ‘brilliant’ Fabinho but claims there was ‘no doubt’ Liverpool midfielder would thrive in defence against Brighton

Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Fabinho after Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Brighton but insisted “there was no doubt” the Brazilian would do the business despite playing out of position.

Mohamed Salah’s 50th-minute penalty was all that separated the two sides as Liverpool ground out a result and put an end to their run of two straight defeats.

Salah celebrates his winning goal against the Seagulls

Salah celebrates his winning goal against the Seagulls

Midfielder Fabinho partnered Virgil van Dijk in defence as centre-backs Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip were all unavailable due to injury.

And although Fabinho struggled at points in defence during their FA Cup defeat to Wolves but there were no problems this time as Liverpool managed to restrict their opponents to half-chances.

Fabinho earned huge praise from Liverpool fans on Twitter for his display and Klopp was very happy with the No.3’s performance.

Klopp said: “Yeah he [Fabinho] was brilliant but there was no doubt.

Fabinho overcame every test put his way

Fabinho overcame every test put his way

“They tried to bring Glenn Murray in his area a little bit with some long balls but Fabinho is good in the air, so there are no problems and with all the other things he’s brilliant.

“It was not a centre-half game where the other team is rolling over you more or less so it was a different game.

“Maybe in a game like this you should put a midfielder in the second centre-half position if we have the ball that much!”

Victory puts the Reds seven points clear at the top with Manchester City to play Wolves on Monday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT – and Tottenham to face Manchester United on Sunday.

But Klopp insisted he and his players are only concentrating on their own progress and are not fixated on their lead in the Premier League table.

Speaking to talkSPORT’s Alex Crook, the German added: “It’s massive winning at Brighton. You cannot take it for granted due to the situation they are in as they hadn’t lost the last four games.

“They [Manchester City] are too strong. They play Wolves who we’ve played twice already this season and they’re very difficult to play.

“We don’t count the difference between us [and City]. We have 57 points – that’s important.

Klopp swerved talk of having an edge over title rivals Manchester City

Klopp swerved talk of having an edge over title rivals Manchester City

“We are really only concentrating on our way.”

“We need to get results pretty much every day and we know if we have a bit more space and the style of the game is a bit better then and can score early then we’ll be a bit better.

“In the past when the game wasn’t flowing or clicking then we’ve struggled but now we stay in charge of the game.

“I don’t think anyone from Brighton’s side thinks ‘we should have a point’ because there was only one team who deserved the three points and that was us.

Liverpool march on to their 18th league win of the season

Liverpool march on to their 18th league win of the season

“We have to be prepared for every situation in the game and the boys were brilliant.

“We earned the points hard and I like this.”

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