Brighton & Hove Albion boss Graham Potter was full of praise for his ‘fantastic’ players after they produced a superb performance to beat champions Liverpool at Anfield.
Steven Alzate’s second half goal earned the Seagulls their third win in the last four Premier League matches to lift them up to 15th in the table, keeping a fourth successive clean sheet in the top flight for the first time in the process.
And Brighton boss Potter was understandably delighted after watching his team win at Anfield for the first time since 1987.
'They were fantastic'
“It was a really good performance throughout the team and I am very proud of the players for the way they played against a top, top side,” said Potter. “They were fantastic.
“I thought we were worthy of a goal, we attacked with intent and our pressing and organisation was exceptional.
“We will enjoy tonight because it’s not often you win against the champions. The players were sensational but now we have to recover for a tough game on Saturday at Burnley.”
Alzate was one of two changes from the win against Tottenham last weekend, and he rewarded that start with his first Albion goal to seal a somewhat surprising win and Potter was pleased with his contribution.
“Steven put in a good performance,” said the Seagulls boss. “The problem is you can only field 11 players so some of the players will have to be patient and Steven has had to wait for his chance.
“But we’ve got a really good group who are fighting together and we’ve been rewarded tonight and against Tottenham for good performances.
“We are playing in the toughest league in world football. We try to be ourselves, to play good football and win. If we keep believing in what we are doing then hopefully the results will go our way.”
'I've got to take it'
Alzate wasn’t sure if he got the last touch on the goal that secured all three points at Liverpool on Wednesday, but was more than happy to take credit.
“I am not sure if it’s my goal, but I will take it!” said the Colombian. “It’s my first Premier League goal, I’ve got to take it.
“It’s a big result. In the last few games we’ve been getting decent results and this has been coming. We’ve been playing well since the beginning of the season, but luck hasn’t always been falling our way.
“It’s not easy going to Liverpool of course – they’re the champions for a reason – but we stuck to our game plan and it worked.
“We said before the game that we have got to respect our opponents, but we wanted to press from the beginning and not give them too much time on the ball.
“Obviously when you go 1-0 up, the team that have gone a goal down are going to try and get on top but we worked our socks off to keep a clean sheet.”