Roberto De Zerbi said Albion should be proud of their efforts at Anfield.

But he was disappointed to see his injury-hit side go down 2-1 to title-chasing Liverpool.

Danny Welbeck’s early opener was cancelled out by Luis Diaz and Mo Salah for a home side driven on from midfield by the outstanding Alexis Mac Allister.

Albion boss De Zerbi praised his side’s efforts.

He said: We played against a great team. I think we played well.

“We played a good game.

“We conceded maybe too many shots.

“We changed something in defence.

“We didn’t defend man-to-man because we respect Nunez, Luis Diaz and Salah.

“We changed something in our tactical strategy and we conceded more possession for Liverpool.

“I think we had other chances to score in the first half and the second as well, especially in the last 15 minutes we could score with Lallana, with Welbeck, with Lewis Dunk.

“But, in the end, I think we have to be happy and we have to be proud for the performance because playing without seven injured players and very important players and competing how we did for Brighton is great.

“We are sorry for the result but I think we played our best and we showed our best today.

“We couldn’t do anything more.”