Liverpool got back to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday by beating Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 at the Amex Stadium to move seven points clear at the top of the table.
After an uneventful first period, the Reds edged in front five minutes after the restart. Mohamed Salah was dragged down in the penalty after dreadful defending by Pascal Gross, and the Egyptian stepped up to convert from the spot.
Manchester City are now seven points behind the Reds and are in action against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday. Tottenham Hotspur are nine points off top following this result and face Manchester United on Sunday in the standout game of the round.
Klopp Needs to Solve Reds' Midfield Puzzle
The majority of the Liverpool team has been functioning fantastically throughout the season. But being hypercritical, the one area where Klopp doesn't seem totally sure on his best formula is in midfield.
With four attackers on the field, it was the turn of Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum to line up as a midfield pair. For long spells, it was a balance that didn't work, as both players were too safe in possession and unable to penetrate Brighton.
Football journalist Leanne Prescott was critical of the way the ball was being recycled in this area of the field:
Meanwhile, Fox Sports' Keith Costigan said the speed of passing was in part due to the opposition's setup:
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain offered a thrust last season before his recent injury layoff, while Naby Keita hasn't yet settled for the Merseyside outfit following his summer move from RB Leipzig.
Fabinho has gradually started to impress after a slow start to the season, although he was required to fill in at centre-back on the south coast here amid a defensive injury crisis.
Klopp does have options in the middle third, and in the main, he's rotated well. However, with so much pressure on the Reds in pursuit of the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League, it feels important he finds a preferred blueprint in this portion of the pitch.
Liverpool welcome former manager Roy Hodgson and his Crystal Palace side to Anfield on Saturday. Brighton will travel to Manchester United looking to spring a surprise on the same day.