Have Pool learned to unlock the parked bus?
Like the goals for column, Liverpool’s defensive record appears to be moving in the right direction, with Jurgen Klopp’s side conceding just three goals in the last six Premier League games.
That tells only part of the story, however, and Klopp’s lack of defensive options were highlighted by a makeshift back three that included midfielders Emre Can and Georgino Wijnaldum.
Klopp will hope Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez are fit enough to return to the starting line-up against Spartak Moscow, particularly having seen the way Brighton carved out enough chances to have made life much more uncomfortable at the Amex Stadium than it eventually turned out to be.
Simon Mignolet hailed the defensive contribution of the forwards whose efforts in pressing opponents helped ease the pressure on the backline, but it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the defence remains the side’s weak link.