A determination to play out from the back and not squander possession means that Alisson is sometimes forced in unsafe positions - such as the one which saw him nonchalantly lift the ball over Anthony Knockaert's head during a 1-0 win over Brighton - but that is all part of his game. Beneath the surface, though, Jürgen Klopp's team displayed a different face, and the characteristics required of those who stay top until the end. "This is an incredibly hard place to get something and to play as well as we did", the Brighton manager said.
"They had their chances and Alisson had to make a big save; nice, good for us".
Far from being frustrated at the situation, the player himself told the Liverpool Echo of how he's taking a similar approach in playing the long-game. We finished strong and we won't have many better opportunities.
The fullbacks spent more time in the Brighton half than they did defending their goal and it not only added numbers to the Liverpool attack but also pushed the Brighton wingers back. "These things happen. You have to learn from it and get stronger in the game and that we did".
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The breakthrough came when Milner robbed Yves Bissouma as Brighton tried to play the ball out from the back and a quick exchange of passes from Sadio Mane and Firmino ended with a clinical finish from Salah, last season's top scorer with 32 league goals.
Klopp said he had little interest in the league table at this early stage but was pleased with the 1-0 victory.
However, he is yet to feature for the Reds, with Fabinho saying that he needs more time to adjust to Liverpool's style of play. He can play both. "You seek guidance from the other players around you and that's worked really well and I feel my performances in pre-season were good". "That's why we never had any doubts about that (position)".
"Leicester we will see what we can do and then hopefully they all come back healthy [after the worldwide break]".