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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Liverpool: Pascal Gross denies Reds

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Pascal Gross
Liverpool faced two penalties in a Premier League game for the first time since February 2018 against Tottenham

Pascal Gross' controversial injury-time penalty rescued a deserved draw for Brighton, although Liverpool still went top of the Premier League.

It was Brighton's second penalty of the game after Neal Maupay fired a first-half spot-kick wide at the Amex Stadium.

The Reds thought they had taken the lead when Mohamed Salah latched onto a Roberto Firmino ball before firing home, but it was disallowed for offside by the video assistant referee.

Diogo Jota broke the deadlock, with his ninth goal since joining the Reds, as he received Salah's pass before going past two defenders and firing into the bottom corner.

Substitute Sadio Mane believed he had sealed the game with a late header for Liverpool but that was also ruled out by the VAR for offside.

And they were made to pay when Andy Robertson kicked Danny Welbeck's boot - with Stuart Attwell awarding the penalty after viewing the screen - and Gross slamming the equaliser down the centre.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was furious with the officials as they walked off the pitch and captain Jordan Henderson said he would like to see VAR scrapped.

The visitors lost James Milner to a hamstring injury, while Brighton had to replace both Maupay and Adam Lallana, who had only been on the pitch for eight minutes.

Klopp criticised broadcasters again afterwards for placing this game on a Saturday lunchtime after a Champions League game on Wednesday.

The defending champions go one point above Tottenham, who visit Chelsea on Sunday. Brighton remain 16th, five points ahead of 17th-placed Burnley.

Jurgen Klopp is frustrated by five substitutions ruling

Late equaliser adds to Liverpool frustrations

Diogo Jota
Diogo Jota is Liverpool's second top goalscorer this season with nine goals

Liverpool still go top of the table, but by one point and not three. The result, and not the performance, was the most important thing in this manic schedule - and they were moments away from getting the result they wanted.

Klopp warned last week the fixture scheduling means they may not finish the season with 11 players.

And Milner, who started the game in midfield and moved to right-back, suffered a muscle injury in the second half to add to their defensive injury concerns.

They made six changes from their 2-0 defeat by Atalanta on Wednesday, a game which had involved several fringe players, for this one.

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.

Robertson tried to clear the ball but instead caught Welbeck's foot. There was definitely contact, although it would not have been given in a pre-VAR world.

Brighton get point they deserve

Graham Potter praises Seagulls 'courage' against champions Liverpool

Brighton are often made to pay for missed chances. Only Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester City have had more shots than the Seagulls' 123 this season.

But despite that they sit just two places outside the relegation zone.

Nobody could really argue they fully merited a point against the champions.

The lively Aaron Connolly - who appeared furious at being replaced in the second half - ran onto Maupay's long ball before curling just wide. The Irishman was then fouled by Neco Williams for the penalty which Maupay missed.

Maupay's day got worse when he suffered a hamstring injury. He is the first player to start a Premier League game, miss a penalty and be replaced before half-time since Dennis Bergkamp against Derby in April 1998.

Brighton eventually earned a dramatic point through Gross' penalty to take them onto 10 points.

Brighton end Reds' nine-game winning run - match stats

  • Liverpool have gone unbeaten in each of their past 12 matches against Brighton (W10 D2), with this draw ending a nine-match winning run against the Seagulls.
  • Brighton have never won a top-flight home game against Liverpool (D4 L4), failing to keep a clean sheet.
  • Brighton are without a win in their past nine home games in the Premier League (D4 L5) - their longest winless run in the competition on home soil.
  • Diogo Jota has scored nine goals in his 14 appearances for Liverpool, scoring eight goals in his past eight.
  • Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in nine goals in his seven Premier League games against Brighton (five goals, four assists). Against no team has he registered more goal involvements in the competition (level with Bournemouth, Watford and West Ham).

What's next?

Liverpool are back in Champions League action on Tuesday, at home to Ajax (20:00 GMT), before hosting Wolves on Sunday, 6 December in the league (19:15).

Brighton have nine days off. Their next match is at home to Southampton on Monday, 7 December (20:00) in the league.

Player of the match

WelbeckDanny Welbeck

with an average of 7.31

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number18Player nameWelbeck
    Average rating

    7.31

  2. Squad number13Player nameGroß
    Average rating

    7.12

  3. Squad number20Player nameMarch
    Average rating

    7.10

  4. Squad number7Player nameConnolly
    Average rating

    7.10

  5. Squad number8Player nameBissouma
    Average rating

    7.02

  6. Squad number5Player nameDunk
    Average rating

    6.92

  7. Squad number34Player nameVeltman
    Average rating

    6.88

  8. Squad number3Player nameWhite
    Average rating

    6.87

  9. Squad number4Player nameWebster
    Average rating

    6.84

  10. Squad number11Player nameTrossard
    Average rating

    6.59

  11. Squad number1Player nameRyan
    Average rating

    6.34

  12. Squad number16Player nameJahanbakhsh
    Average rating

    6.30

  13. Squad number14Player nameLallana
    Average rating

    5.97

  14. Squad number9Player nameMaupay
    Average rating

    5.87

Liverpool

  1. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota
    Average rating

    6.06

  2. Squad number14Player nameHenderson
    Average rating

    5.06

  3. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    5.00

  4. Squad number7Player nameMilner
    Average rating

    4.90

  5. Squad number10Player nameMané
    Average rating

    4.89

  6. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
    Average rating

    4.85

  7. Squad number3Player nameFabinho
    Average rating

    4.84

  8. Squad number47Player namePhillips
    Average rating

    4.82

  9. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    4.79

  10. Squad number5Player nameWijnaldum
    Average rating

    4.71

  11. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino
    Average rating

    4.65

  12. Squad number17Player nameJones
    Average rating

    4.42

  13. Squad number76Player nameN Williams
    Average rating

    4.06

  14. Squad number18Player nameMinamino
    Average rating

    3.93

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Ryan
  • 3WhiteBooked at 82mins
  • 5Dunk
  • 4Webster
  • 34VeltmanBooked at 45mins
  • 13Groß
  • 8Bissouma
  • 20March
  • 9MaupaySubstituted forTrossardat 25'minutes
  • 18Welbeck
  • 7ConnollySubstituted forLallanaat 63'minutesSubstituted forJahanbakhshat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Trossard
  • 14Lallana
  • 16Jahanbakhsh
  • 17Alzate
  • 23Steele
  • 33Burn
  • 49Molumby

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1AlissonBooked at 90mins
  • 76N WilliamsSubstituted forHendersonat 45'minutes
  • 47Phillips
  • 3Fabinho
  • 26Robertson
  • 18Minamino
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 7MilnerSubstituted forJonesat 74'minutes
  • 11SalahSubstituted forManéat 64'minutes
  • 9Firmino
  • 20Jota

Substitutes

  • 10Mané
  • 13Adrián
  • 14Henderson
  • 17Jones
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 27Origi
  • 46R Williams
Referee:
Stuart Attwell

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Liverpool 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Liverpool 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Webster (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Nathaniel Phillips.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alireza Jahanbakhsh (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Welbeck with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Liverpool 1. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

  7. Booking

    Alisson (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    VAR Decision: Penalty Brighton and Hove Albion.

  9. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) after a foul in the penalty area.

  10. Post update

    Penalty Brighton and Hove Albion. Danny Welbeck draws a foul in the penalty area.

  11. Post update

    Fabinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Danny Welbeck (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Nathaniel Phillips.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Sadio Mané (Liverpool).

  15. Post update

    Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    VAR Decision: No Goal Brighton and Hove Albion 0-1 Liverpool.

  17. Post update

    GOAL OVERTURNED BY VAR: Sadio Mané (Liverpool) scores but the goal is ruled out after a VAR review.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Liverpool. Andrew Robertson tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.

  19. Booking

    Ben White (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Diogo Jota (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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