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Liverpool boss Klopp praises emergency centre-half Fabinho for Brighton win

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted with stand-in centre-half Fabinho for victory at Brighton.

Mohamed Salah struck his 14th league goal of the season from the penalty spot as the off-kilter Reds stretched their top-flight advantage over Manchester City back to seven points.

Fabinho's assured showing as an emergency centre-back waskey, especially with Joel Matip working back to fitness.

Klopp said, "He's a brilliant player and I was happy he could play today. It's not that Brighton had one attack after the other – we had the ball most of the time so it makes sense to have a good footballer in that position.

"Brighton tried a little bit to bring the long balls to Murray and around him, which they did, by the way, against Joe Gomez in the home game as well. But he did well in these situations and with the ball. He has a defending brain and can do that in different positions. It's good."

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