Adam Lallana enjoyed a dream return to Anfield as Brighton stunned Liverpool on Wednesday night.
Lallana, 32, joined the Seagulls on a free transfer in the summer after departing Liverpool after a six-year spell.
The midfielder came off the bench as Steven Alzate’s goal condemned Jurgen Klopp’s side to another home defeat following what Lallana labelled a near-perfect performance.
It was a special night for Lallana and one which dealt his former club a bitter blow in their battle to retain the Premier League title.
But he has reassured his former club that they remain a “class act” as he backed them to bounce back from their poor form.
“To beat the Premier League champions you need a performance that’s close to perfect… the boys did that last night,” Lallana wrote on Instagram.
“It was a privilege to be back at a place that is so special to me and to see people who will always be family.
“As the saying goes, ‘form is temporary, class is permanent.’ This Liverpool side is a class act in every respect.”
Speaking ahead of the game, Klopp paid tribute to his former player and branded him a “legend” of the Anfield club.
Klopp said: “Our visitors today have many talented players but there is one we are very familiar with at LFC.
“I will have to stop myself saying too much on Adam Lallana because I could write a book. And I have to be respectful to the fact he is our opponent today… he wants to beat us and we him.
“But I must mention what a special person he was for us – and in truth remains so. When he left, I described him as a Liverpool legend for his contribution and I read somewhere recently he felt a little embarrassed by that. But he absolutely shouldn’t. It’s a status he has earned and then some.
“Thirty-six Premier League matches a season I look forward to seeing Adam play. There are two when I do not… today is one of those.”