5 Things We Learned From Liverpool's 1-0 Premier League Win Against Brighton

It wasn't easy, but the Reds got there in the end. Liverpool clinched a narrow 1-0 win over Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, as Jurgen Klopp's side continued their perfect start to the new campaign.


A first-half goal from Mohamed Salah proved to be the decisive moment in the game, but despite a comfortable start for the home side, Brighton went all guns blazing in the second half to try and grab a point.


A huge chance went begging for the visitors as Glenn Murray nearly took advantage of Naby Keita's mistake and laid off Anthony Knockaert who sliced the ball wide from close range which would have turned the game on it's head.


As always, there were a number of talking points in the game, so here are five things we learned from the encounter...

5. Georginio Wijnaldum is Underrated

It's safe to say that Georginio Wijnaldum is not truly appreciated by the neutral football fan due to the men around the Dutchman. The amount of work that the 27-year-old puts in was noticeable to all on Saturday.


It was a battle that had to be won in midfield and Wijnaldum did just that, with some hard challenges and good vision to get play started in his side's favour.  Having started his third season at the club, the Dutchman's statistics in terms of tackling and passing have been very impressive so far - making it difficult for Jurgen Klopp to drop him from the starting XI in his current form.

4. Brighton Will Avoid Relegation

Brighton's Irish manager Chris Hughton can hold his head up high after an admirable performance from his side at Anfield, on a day that they should have scored twice had it not been for the heroics of Liverpool shot-stopper Alisson Becker.


There is plenty of quality in the side which makes Brighton better than half a dozen clubs in the league - meaning that they have a very good chance of avoiding relegation, on paper of course.


This is the Premier League where anything can happen, but if the former Newcastle United boss can point his side in the right direction and with the right style targeting Glenn Murray in scoring position, they should survive.

3. Shane Duffy is a Talented Defender

Brighton centre back Shane Duffy will be remembered as one of many positive factors for Chris Hughton and the supporters, due to his terrific performance in the second half for the Seagulls.


The 26-year-old's ball playing abilities from the back really pushed Brighton's buttons in a positive manner as he always looked to start attacks - from defending set pieces to a simple ball from their own half.


Duffy's body language clearly indicated that he was sure that his side were going to get the equaliser and the Irishman has proven that he can be a leader and a talisman for them.  The Seagulls are all the better for having Duffy in their team.

2. Liverpool Have the Defence to Compete for the PL Title

It was once said by a famous broadcaster that 'you only get what you pay for in this world', a statement proven yet again by the £75m purchase of Virgil van Dijk back in January.


Yet another clean sheet at home in the Premier League for Liverpool just goes to show how influential the Dutchman has been since joining the club, and how he makes everyone around him a better player.


Having not conceded at Anfield in the Premier League since February, this is just one  of many reasons that suggest that Liverpool are now ready for a genuine title challenge.

1. Liverpool Finally Have a World Class Keeper

Arguably, Liverpool haven't had a world-class goalkeeper in their ranks since Ray Clemence back in the Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley days. Yes, that long ago. 


Since then, no shot stopper of old has made the basics and principles of goalkeeping look so easy and effortless.  The Reds' £52m Brazilian number one has taken away many defensive doubts from the back of any Liverpool supporter's mind.