Travelling to Anfield at the weekend to face off against Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, despite confidence being high from victory over Manchester United, Brighton and Hove Albion always knew it would be a difficult day.
We made Liverpool work hard for their win, but our only lapse really saw Mohamed Salah score the only goal of the game midway through the first half but all of our United fight and effort was on show so it may have been two defeats in the last three, but manager Chris Hughton will have had positives to take.
One of those was again the performance of Shane Duffy in the heart of defence as statistics website Whoscored gave him a highest individual rating of 8.25 for the game, the only other player to get above 8 was Salah with 8.06.
Defensively Duffy was immense with two tackles, five interceptions, eleven clearances and three shots blocked and it’s very much becoming the case that this is what we are expecting from him as he continues to step up in the absence of Lewis Dunk.
Notable mentions are reserved for Mat Ryan (7.40) and Martin Montoya (7.19) who completed the top three of our better performers on the day under their ratings system.