Jürgen Klopp’s men did what they needed to do against Brighton – their supporters will hope the real fireworks are still to come against Real Madrid in the Champions league final
Even though Mohamed Salah ended up with the Golden Boot award and a Premier League scoring record this was not quite up there with his finest performances of the season. Liverpool supporters will be hoping he is saving the mesmeric, catch-me-if-you-can stuff for Real Madrid in Kiev, for this was a more workmanlike display, albeit one good enough to find plenty of holes in the Brighton defence.
There were so many holes in the first half, in fact, that Chris Hughton’s side were slightly lucky to turn around just two goals in arrears. Shane Duffy made three potentially costly mistakes in the first 20 minutes, and was distinctly fortunate to get away with an apparent handball from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross and then a clumsy challenge on Dominic Solanke inside the area.