BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

Post-Match Analysis: Brighton and Hove Albion 1-1 Liverpool

Liverpool held to a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion after a stoppage-time penalty for the hosts on Saturday afternoon.

This loss of two points will cost Liverpool in long-term title challenge this season, who are struggling with injuries. There are reports of new injuries emerging after this fixture with James Milner and Nathaniel Phillips suffered minor setbacks.

Brighton now unbeaten in the last three English Premier League matches will be confident of survival at the end of the season.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool Team News:

Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI excluded Sadio Mane, who was dropped to the bench, and centre-back Joel Matip. Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah returned to the Premier League in the front three post after his Covid-19 recovery.

Liverpool played three players in the right-back position. Neco Williams started there but was substituted at halftime, and replaced in the full-back role by Milner.

Milner’s injury meant Curtis Jones came on to play for the final minutes.

Brighton’s Veltman replaced the suspended Tariq Lamptey, while Aaron Connolly came in for former Liverpool man, Adam Lallana, who only made the bench.

Brighton 1-1 Liverpool Match Analysis:

Liverpool dominated the early exchanges with some good play in Brighton’s half but the Seagulls did not allow Salah and Diogo Jota opportunities to strike. 

The best chance of the opening 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.

Eventually, Connolly earned his side a penalty and Neal Maupay stepped up for Brighton. But in a night of misses, he sent the penalty low and wide of the right post. 

The Reds did not create many chances with six shots – only two on target – but Jota’s goal did look like it was going to be enough until the late drama.

Three minutes into stoppage time, Robertson tried to clear the ball but instead, caught Welbeck’s foot which went unnoticed. As VAR intervened, Attwell reversed his decision. Gross succeeded where Maupay had failed, smashing down the middle for 1-1.

Liverpool saw two goals disallowed by VAR before the Seagulls were awarded a late penalty to clinch the draw.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

Diogo Jota (Man of the Match) – 8

The summer signing started brightly, but his influence faded as the first half went on. His goal was brilliantly taken. He has now scored 8 in his last 8 matches.

Mohamed Salah – 7

Liverpool’s liveliest player in a dull first-half, flashing one wide before a great finish to score only to be ruled narrowly offside.The main Liverpool attacking threat and provided Jota with the opener.

Jordan Henderson (on for Williams) – 8

Gave Liverpool far greater control and boost after his introduction. While didn’t have a direct impact on the goal, transformed the game in the Reds’ favour even though they didn’t win.

Danny Welbeck – 7. 

The former-Arsenal striker had some neat touches and solid hold-up play, and nearly scored the opener when he skipped away from both Alisson and Henderson but ended up firing at Alisson.

MANAGER REACTION:

Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp said,

“My analysts told me Mo was offside – very close, a very small margin, like the toe or whatever. Sadio obviously with his upper body, I didn’t see it, I heard that,”

“The second penalty is a penalty because the ref whistled it. There was contact and when the ref thinks it’s enough, then we cannot change that obviously. That’s the situation.”

Klopp had a heated argument over the five substitute rule, post the passionate exchange with BT sport after the final whistle.

“Look, if it would be about me then I would have never mentioned it, but it’s about the players and each moment when it would happen, it would be good for the players,” he said.

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