Late penalty leaves Liverpool with draw at Brighton

Published November 29, 2020
BRIGHTON: Liverpool’s Diogo Jota (third R) scores during the English Premier League fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion at the American Express Community Stadium on Saturday. — AFP
BRIGHTON: Liverpool’s Diogo Jota (third R) scores during the English Premier League fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion at the American Express Community Stadium on Saturday. — AFP

LONDON: A stoppage time penalty from Pascal Gross left Liverpool frustrated as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at Brighton on Saturday after a Diogo Jota goal looked to have secured a win for Juergen Klopp’s side.

Gross drilled home his spot kick after a pitchside monitor review saw Andy Robertson punished for kicking the foot of Danny Welbeck. Liverpool had earlier seen two goals ruled out by VAR.

The defending champions still moved a point clear at the top of the table with 21 points from 10 games while Tottenham Hotspur, who play at Chelsea on Sunday, have 20 points from nine.

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson felt aggrieved by referee Stuart Atwell’s decision and the final result.

“It was ours. It should be three points, in my opinion. I’ve seen the replay. Who would be happy?” he said.

Klopp, who was again critical of the broadcasting schedule which put his team on the early Saturday kick-off after a Wednesday Champions League game, had rested Joel Matip and started with Henderson and Sadio Mane on the bench.

With a make-shift defence, Liverpool survived two early scares. First, Aaron Connolly wasted a chance in the 10th minute when he was put through on goal by Neal Maupay but shot wide. Then 10 minutes later Liverpool right-back Nico Williams brought down Connolly in the box, but Maupay put his penalty kick well wide.

Liverpool later thought they had taken the lead when Firmino fed Salah, who burst goalwards and poked the ball past Mat Ryan. But VAR ruled the Egyptian had been in an offside position.

Klopp brought Jordan Henderson on for Williams after the break in a move that brought a more familiar confidence to the champions’ play.

The opening goal came on the hour when Salah laid off to Jota, who veered across the top of the penalty area, creating space for a low shot into the bottom corner. It was his ninth goal of the season in all competitions.

Liverpool, who face Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday, suffered a blow when James Milner had to go off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Mane had a headed effort ruled out for offside seven minutes from the end, before the late Brighton equaliser.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United stay above Crystal Palace after two late goals following a barren first half at Selhurst Park. Callum Wilson put the visitors ahead in the 88th minute before Joelinton struck in the final minute of stipulated play.

Published in Dawn, November 29th, 2020

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