Brighton and Liverpool Share the Points After More Late Drama at the Amex

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Pascal Gross scored a controversial stoppage time penalty to snatch a deserved draw for the Seagulls.

It was Brighton’s second penalty of the game after Maupay had put his wide of the right post in the first half.

VAR was involved heavily throughout. Mohammed Salah had his brilliant goal chalked off in the first half after it was deemed he was narrowly offside.

Brighton missed a glorious opportunity in the first half, after a brilliant Maupay ball put the lively Connolly clean through. Connolly was left with just the keeper in front of him but managed to fire the ball wide.

A brilliant Liverpool move finally broke the deadlock midway through the second half. Salah laid the ball off to Jota who shimmied his way past two Brighton players before firing the ball into the bottom left corner.

Brighton struggled to respond and substitute Mane thought he had sealed the game with a lovely header, only for it to be ruled out for offside after a VAR review.

Liverpool ultimately paid the price for not putting the game to bed when Robertson caught Welbeck on the boot inside the penalty area in the dying moments of the game. At first, play continued but after consulting the pitch side monitor, Stuart Atwell overturned his original decision and pointed to the spot.

Gross stepped up and made no mistake, smashing it down the middle. On balance 1-1 was a fair scoreline with both sides having chances to win the game.

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

Brighton once again demonstrated how they pay for missed chances and the statistics should worry the Brighton manager. Only Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester City have had more shots than the Seagulls’ 123 this season. Despite this, they sit just two places outside the relegation zone.

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However, Brighton should take the positives from this game. They have played Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool at home, and all three games have been entertaining affairs where Brighton have given a good account of themselves.

There were eye catching performances from Connolly and Welbeck upfront. With more minutes in the legs of both of them, goals will come.

If Brighton can build on these performances against sides closer to them in the table, Premier league safety should be assured.

One concern for Potter will be the growing injury list after both Maupay and Lallana went off injured. The festive period is notoriously demanding and a full squad will be needed to cope with a stacked fixture list.

Brighton now have nine days off. Their next match is at home to Southampton on Monday, 7 December (20:00) in the league. Excitingly 2000 fans will be allowed back into the stadium for the first time since a friendly against Chelsea way back in August.

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