Brighton 1-1 Liverpool | Match Report | Seagulls steal point as VAR and injuries make Klopp fume

VAR and injuries were the topic of the day at Brighton’s Amex stadium. A Diogo Jota opener was cancelled out late on by a Pascal Gross penalty given by VAR. James Milner was also taken off injured as Jurgen Klopp was left utterly fuming with the decisions of the officials and the luck he and his side faced.

Wasteful Brighton

Liverpool dominated the early exchanges with some good play in Brighton’s defensive third. The Seagulls were good defensively not to allow Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota opportunities to strike. The best chance of the opening play fell to Brighton, Aaron Connolly was played through one-on-one with Alisson and scooped a shot round the post when he should have hit the target.

The pressure continued and eventually Connolly earned his side a penalty. The inexperienced Neco Williams brought down the Irish international in the box. Neal Maupay stepped up for Brighton but sent the penalty low and wide of the right post. A huge let off for the Reds who’s initial flurry had been easily tamed by the first half’s midpoint.

Maupay’s early afternoon was made worse when the Frenchman seemingly tweaked his hamstring and walked off the pitch and down the tunnel. Throwing his armband on the way, it seemed innocuous and further enquiries could produce interesting results on Maupay’s genuine condition.

However, Brighton looked to have been punished for their missed opportunities as Salah ran through and put the ball past Matt Ryan. Another impossibly tight offside decision however came to the Seagulls’ rescue as the Egyptian’s foot was deemed to have been millimetres offside.

The side petered out and Klopp was seen sprinting down the tunnel with plenty to say to get his Liverpool side back at it.

VAR saves Brighton

Klopp did indeed have changes in mind as Neco Williams was taken off and replaced by the returning Jordan Henderson. James Milner moved over to deputise at right-back after a difficult 45 minutes for the youngster Williams.

However, there appeared to be very little impact at the start of the half and although possession was better, the threat of Brighton in behind was still present. Both Connolly and Welbeck tried to penetrate the wide areas, the former Arsenal forward having an opportunity struck straight at Alisson.

Then the Liverpool goal did eventually arrive. Liverpool’s form player Diogo Jota, laid off by Salah, strode across the Brighton box, left to right, and reversed a low effort which couldn’t be stopped by Dunk or Ryan. Klopp decided to take off the creator for the opener Salah and the Egyptian was not best pleased to be replaced by Sadio Mane.

Adam Lallana, facing his former club for the first time, was substituted off only minutes after entering the field of play. Another injury issue for the Brighton player was followed by an injury to James Milner also. Jurgen Klopp looking expectantly fuming.

Sadio Mane looked to have eased the late nerves for Liverpool for VAR to again rule out a second Reds goal in the game. Brighton were encouraged by this late fortune to try and push the Merseysiders for a late equaliser.

Welbeck then was kicked on the foot by Andrew Robertson in the Reds box in the 90th minute. Stuart Attwell was asked to go to the monitor and pointed to the spot.

Pascal Gross sent the ball straight down the middle as the Brazilian keeper dove to his right. Klopp was seen clapping the officials who clearly felt hard done by with the decision.

Liverpool’s point takes them top of the Premier League for the moment until Chelsea and Spurs face off on Sunday. Whereas, Brighton moved themselves 6 points clear of the drop with a priceless point against the champions.

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VAR and injuries were the topic of the day at Brighton’s Amex stadium. A Diogo Jota opener was cancelled out late on by a Pascal Gross penalty given by VAR. James Milner was also taken off injured as Jurgen Klopp was left utterly fuming with the decisions of the officials and the luck he andFootball (soccer) greatest goals and highlights | 101 Great Goals – Feed

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