Mohamed Salah’s 23rd minute strike condemned the Seagulls to their second defeat of the season – however, that did not rob the 30-year-old of some shine.
Balogun was on parade for the entire duration of the tie but was booked referee Christopher Kavanagh in the 60th minute for a strong challenge on James Milner.
Overall, he won 100 percent tackles, made seven crucial clearances and won 75 percent of aerial duels according to Opta Stat.
Aside his defensive duties, Balogun made a total of 22 passes with 82 percent passing accuracy and was dispossessed just once.
Without any iota of sentiment, the former Mainz 05 man had a decent outing, and putting up this kind of performance in subsequent matches will make him a regular figure in Chris Hughton’s squad.