Jurgen Klopp names his man of the match after Liverpool FC beat Brighton
Jurgen Klopp picks Adrian as his man of the match in Liverpool FC's 2-1 win over Brighton
Jurgen Klopp named substitute goalkeeper Adrian as his man of the match after he helped 10-man Liverpool FC claim an important 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.
Liverpool FC had raced into a 2-0 lead at Anfield thanks to Virgil van Dijk’s two headers, but they were reduced to 10 men in the 76th minute when Alisson Becker was sent off for a blatant handball outside the area.
Lewis Dunk scored from the resulting free-kick to set up a tense finale for the home side at Anfield, with Adrian having made a number of important saves after having come on to replace Alisson.
Despite periods of pressure from the visitors, Liverpool FC held on to claim all three points and continue their march towards the Premier League title.
Speaking after the game, Klopp highlighted the important impact Adrian had in helping the Reds to claim all three points.
Asked about Alisson’s sending off, Klopp said: “I think it was handball but I haven’t seen it. There was no offside and then it is a tricky situation.
“He wanted 100 per cent to head the ball but the other player got there earlier so we can’t change that.
“Virgil [van Dijk] was probably man of the match with the two goals but Adrian is for me – to come in to a game like this and make two saves.
“Even the goal-kicks are difficult with cold feet! We were not prepared for that situation so I am completely happy.”
Next up for table-toppers Liverpool FC is a crunch home clash against Merseyside rivals Everton at Anfield on Wednesday night, before a trip to Bournemouth next Saturday lunchtime.
The Reds will then travel to RB Salzburg for their final Champions League group game on Tuesday 10 December.