Liverpool started with a brand new centre back combination of Phillips and Fabinho. Matip was rested for future fixtures. It was one of the young players in the back four who nearly handed the seagulls the lead on 18 minutes. Nico Williams brought down Connolly in the box with the Brighton striker heading away from Allison’s goal. Up stepped Maupay who side footed the resultant penalty wide.
A dink pass from Firmino over the Brighton defence put Salah through to score on 32 minutes. VAR’s 3 dimensional analyses ruled the goal out for offside by a whisker.Diogo Jota ,who has fitted into the Liverpool side like a fish to water,put his side ahead with a shot just inside the box that squeezed between Dunk and Matt Ryan.Sadio Mane on as a sub had the ball into the net on 82 minutes for 2-0 but VAR ruled it out for offside for the second time in the game. I feel justice was served given the circumstances of the awarding of the free kick that preceded the goal.
Brighton defender White had won the ball first when Jota had overrun the ball. The moment of the match came in injury time. In what was VAR absurdity personified,Brighton were awarded a penalty after pitch side review.Welbeck had won a contested ball against Robertson in the box with the Scottish defender kicking the Welbeck’s foot slightly. On first glance it looked very innocuous (it probably was,Welbeck never appealed or hit the deck). Pascal Gross sent Allison the wrong way for 1-1 and it ended like that. Klopp will be fuming.