Liverpool held by Brighton

Liverpool held by Brighton

Liverpool show spirit, but ultimately fall short as Brighton battle back to share the points on the south coast.

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Mohamad Salah inspired Liverpool in another 'come from behind' performance, but the Reds failed to hold on for the victory in a topsy turvy match at the Amex.

Liverpool failed to beat Brighton for a 4th consecutive game, as the south coast team once again proved difficult opponents for Jurgen Klopp's side.

After the terrible showings against Brighton last season, which saw the Reds beaten twice away (in the league and cup), and drawing 3-3 at Anfield, todays result should be seen as an improvement.  However, after turning the game around just before half time, Klopp and his players will be disappointed not to have held on for the victory.

After a cagey opening 20 minutes, Liverpool were once again their own worst enemies, gifting Brighton the opening goal.  Alisson tried to play the ball out from the back, passing towards Mac Allister in the middle of the pitch, however, the Argentine - who had a poor game throughout - failed to anticipate the pass, allowing the excellent Adringa to steal the ball, before placing a controlled shot past Alisson from 30 yards.

As with many games this season, conceeding a goal was the catalyst for Liverpool to come to life, and as the half wore on Liverpool became more and more threatening.   As with the opening goal, playing out from the back proved to be a dangerous tactic, as this time Lewis Dunk misplaced a pass, allowing Nunez to setup Salah to sweep into the net on 40 minutes.  And just 5 minutes later Liverpool took the lead, when another poor pass out from the back, resulted in Pascal Gross dragging down Dominik Szoboszlai as he was about to tap into an empty net.  The referee duly awarded a penalty, which Salah coolly slotted home to give Liverpool the lead, but questions need to be asked as to why Gross was not sent off for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity?

Despite this further refereeing incident, Liverpool went into half time with an unlikely lead, which they held for much of the second half.  Indeed, with a little bit of luck the Reds could (and should) have been out of sight, as substitute Gravenberch hit the crossbar from 6 yards out.

That miss was to come back to haunt the Reds, as poor defending from a freekick allowed Dunk to equalise on 77 minutes.

The result means Liverpool remain in 4th spot in the table, 3 points behind leaders Arsenal and Tottenham, and 1 point behind Manchester City.

Liverpool held by Brighton

Match Stats

Liverpool Team : Alisson, Robertson, Matip, Van Dijk, Alexander-Arnold, Elliott, Mac Allister, Szoboszlai, Diaz, Nunez, Salah
Liverpool Subs : Adrian, Gomez, Endo, Konate, Tsimikas, Gravenberch, Quansah, Chambers, Doak

Brighton Team : Verbruggen, Veltman, Dunk, Dos Santo De Paulo, March, Baleda, Gross, Adringa, Jaoa Pedro, Mitoma, Ferguson
Brighton Subs : Webster, Dahoud, Gilmour, Lallana, Welbeck, Steele, Van Heck, Ansu Fati, Hinshelwood

Possession
Brighton 46% - 54% Liverpool

Total Shots
Brighton 14 - 14 Liverpool

Shots on Target
Brighton 3 - 4 Liverpool

Yellow Cards
Brighton 1 - 2 Liverpool

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Peter Farrell

Lifelong fan with a passion for all things Liverpool. First memory of football is watching John Barnes score a dramatic last minute equaliser in the FA Cup when he was 4. Feels lucky to be a part of the 'Klopp' era.

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