Graham Potter says Albion will stick with and improve their passing game.

But the Albion boss can understand why Graeme Souness accused them of being “naive” in the early stages of their defeat to Liverpool.

Albion conceded two early goals trying to play out from the back in their 3-1 reverse on Wednesday.

But their slick passing style also caused the champions plenty of problems and should have led to more than one goal.

Ex-Liverpool skipper Souness, who managed Potter at Southampton, was impressed by much of the Seagulls’ football.

But he said they were naive in the opening minutes which ultimately gave them too much to do.

Potter said: “I can understand his point. It’s not the first time I’ve heard that.

“And I have ended up in the Premier League coaching!

“The challenge is for us to be better at recognising situations.

“I think you have to look at the overall performance and part of that, if you like, mistake is also the overall performance which was really good, which creates chances against Liverpool, which has personality over the course of the game.

“You look at the opposition we are playing against and, however you play against them, they have got a solution.

“The evidence is with the points they have got this year and the points they got last year.

“Maybe you can kick it long for 20, 30, 40, 50 minutes and eventually start to play but there is no solution there either because I’m sure teams ha e tried that as well.

“We want to try and improve that aspect of our performance and sometimes how you do is that by making mistakes, by testing yourselves against the very best and that’s what we did.

“Clearly we have to improve as well.”

Albion face another huge test tomorrow as they host second-placed Manchester City.

Potter reported no new injury concerns from the Liverpool match.