Liverpool boss Klopp heaps praise on Gross as 'smart signing' for Albion

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on his fellow countryman Pascal Gross saying he was a 'smart signing' by Brighton & Hove Albion.

The midfielder has notched three goals and added five assists in 15 Premier League appearances since joining from Ingolstadt in the summer.

The £3million buy has been one of the Seagulls brightest players on their way to notching 17 points on their top-flight return.

Former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp admired in the build-up to their 5-1 demotion of Albion on Saturday he had been admiring Gross' form.

And while the middle-man was deployed in a deeper roll against Reds, Klopp again spoke of his countryman's ability.

He said: "He's been really good. A smart signing, really good. I have known him since he was a kid , he is a fantastic player that has made another big step physical wise.

"He has a nice right foot, is good at set-pieces and a nice shooter. He is a smart player and I like him."

On Albion's showing, the German added: "Brighton defend deep but that's how it is, both wingers involved 100 per cent. All get really involved and Murray tries to catch what he can, then it's a transition game.

"It is always more difficult than a 5-1 result looks. At 2-0 when Simon Mignolet made the wonder save it could have been different, but we won it and we deserved it."