Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to the “incredible” transformation at Liverpool’s next opponents, Brighton.
The Seagulls are almost assured of Premier League survival this season, with a nine-point gap to 18th as well as a cushion of two other teams.
That marks real success for Brighton, who appointed the relatively inexperienced Graham Potter to replace Chris Hughton soon after finishing 17th in 2018/19.
Having already matched their goal and points tally from last campaign, Brighton will now look to make an impact against Liverpool on Wednesday.
Klopp used his pre-match press conference to hail the work done by the south-coast club and “my colleague” as his Liverpool team look to further extend their lead atop the Premier League table.
“They’re a really good football team,” he said. “I really think what they did over the last year is incredible.
“A team like Brighton who was in a relegation battle last year, implementing a new style, a proper football style. That’s interesting. He’s doing a really good job there, my colleague.”
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“Since lockdown they’ve changed their approach a little bit. They went a bit more for results, you could see that against Norwich – maybe it’s not a perfect example but I think Norwich had more possession in that game which is unlikely for Brighton, maybe.
“So we don’t know exactly what we will face. A team on a good run and pretty much full of confidence about the results they’ve had since lockdown. But we need to be ready for that.
“After that Burnley, always difficult. After that Arsenal, fighting for Europe, for sure. After that Chelsea, fighting for Champions League. And then last match Newcastle, probably not fighting for anything anymore but still the last home game. So all different.”