Klopp feared Sevilla-style collapse in Brighton thrashing

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The former Dortmund coach admits that the ghosts of the Reds' previous experience came back to haunt him briefly

Jurgen Klopp has conceded he feared a three-goal collapse similar to that suffered against Sevilla when Liverpool thrashed Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

The Reds found themselves 3-0 up at the Amex Stadium shortly after half-time thanks to an Emre Can goal and a Roberto Firmino double.

But Glenn Murray's 51st-minute penalty evoked memories of Liverpool's remarkable 3-3 draw at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on November 21, when Sevilla battled back from 3-0 down.

Ultimately, Philippe Coutinho and a Lewis Dunk own goal wrapped things up for Liverpool late on, but Klopp acknowledged that he did have concerns when Brighton pulled one back.

"I would be lying if I said I didn't think 'yeah...' ," the German told reporters. "When you have it one time, unfortunately you need a little bit to get completely rid of this feeling.

"It's not that I thought it would happen 100 per cent. We were 2-0 up at half-time, made it 3-0 shortly after and usually that's it, especially how we scored it as well.

"They had a big chance, then we make a counter-attack and score – boom. That's really hard to cope with for the other team.

Roberto Firmino Liverpool Brighton

"Then they make it 3-1, and while the lead was not really insecure, it's not that I thought it could not happen, because a few weeks ago it happened.

"We needed this so we don't have the Sevilla game in our mind completely."

Klopp was particularly impressed with the performance of two-goal Firmino, praising his effectiveness at "annoying" Brighton.

"Roberto scored twice, but what he did around these goals is what excites me the most, to be honest," Klopp added.

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"In all the counter-attacks, pretty much, he won the ball. By being here, by being a little annoying, a little foot, a little toe, that for us is important. Then the ball is go.

"With all the rest around him, you need to get used to it. They [the Liverpool players] are all different and all good.

"For me, I really like these players. That's why they are here."

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