Brighton successfully holds Liverpool at Anfield

Brighton successfully holds Liverpool at Anfield

LIVERPOOL lost the advantage of two goals they already had when they were held in check by Brighton & Hove Albion with a 2-2 score in the Premier League’s tenth game at Anfield stadium on Saturday (10/30 ). Juergen Klopp’s side took a 2-0 lead thanks to Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane before the visitors hit back with Enock Mwepu just before half-time.

Instead of widening the margin of advantage, Liverpool’s goal again conceded Leandro Trossard’s goal which forced the game to end in a 2-2 draw. The result did not affect Liverpool’s position in second place in the table, but they are now just 22 points or three points behind Chelsea, who have recorded wins in other games.

While Brighton (16) has still failed to return to fifth place in the table after being overtaken by Arsenal (17) who won an early game, according to the official Premier League website. Successfully reducing the visitors’ threat early in the game with goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s action to counter Solly March’s shot, Liverpool continued to open the scoring thanks to Henderson’s goal in the fourth minute.

Starting with Mohamed Salah’s calm action against Marc Cucurella’s guard on the right wing, he pushed the ball to the edge of the penalty area where Henderson met him with a curling effort that killed the goalkeeper Robert Sanchez. Brighton nearly scored in the 15th minute but Yves Bissouma’s long-range shot was parried by Alisson and hit the post, a minute later at the far end of the pitch Roberto Firmino squandered a nice pass from Salah when its finish has gone too high on the take back.

Liverpool then had to lose Naby Keita due to a recurrence of the injury and Klopp, who did not want to risk removing the Guinean midfielder, was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Just four minutes into the game, Oxlade-Chamberlain made an immediate contribution by sending a precise cross into free-standing Mane to steer the ball into Brighton’s net and double Liverpool’s lead in the 24th minute.

Liverpool continued to confine Brighton in their defensive zone until in the 33rd minute Mane managed to clear Sanchez’s clearance and score it in the net. Unfortunately, the goal was later disallowed by VAR as reruns showed the ball touched Mane’s last hand before rebounding into Brighton’s net. Brighton’s hard work on the return goal finally paid off in the 41st minute as Mwepu completed a patient strike with a long-range effort that beat Alisson and tucked into the far post. Liverpool two, Brighton one.

The hosts started the second half well and Salah managed to find the net against Brighton but his goal was ruled out for offside. After that Brighton looked more aggressive in bombarding the Liverpool defense until they could equalize in the 65th minute when Trossard stabbed before beating Alisson at the near post.

In the 76th minute, Trossard found Liverpool’s goal again but was already offside when Tariq Lamptey sent a through pass. The game continued with the appearance of Brighton, who were more confident and managed to quell every attempt by Liverpool to build an attack to keep the score 2-2 until the final whistle.

In the next match, Brighton will host Newcastle United at Amex Stadium on Saturday (6/11) next week, while Liverpool travel to West Ham United a day later. Before that, Wednesday (11/3), Liverpool will appear for the first time in the Champions League to host Atletico Madrid at Anfield. (OL-8)


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