Brighton 1-1 Liverpool: Jota Scores Again; Gross Equalised After VAR Decision

Another last-gasp VAR penalty will be the main talking point from the Amex Stadium after Brighton ended 1-1 with Liverpool in English Premier League on Saturday.

“In football you need always a little bit of luck to win a tough away game. Today we didn’t have luck, so it was a draw,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told BT Sport.

Pascal Gross converted a controversial stoppage-time penalty to deny Liverpool another win, despite the champions returning to the top of the Premier League for at least 24 hours.

The Reds are one point ahead of Tottenham and three above Chelsea as both teams face off on Super Sunday. Brighton sit 16th with 10 points from 10 games.

Liverpool led 1-0 heading into stoppage time after the in-form Diogo Jota scored again for the title holders.

However, Andrew Robertson was adjudged to have kicked the foot of Brighton forward Danny Welbeck inside the box, and after being asked to take a look at the incident on pith side monitor, referee Stuart Attwell awarded the spot-kick.

After a little stutter-step, Gross despatched the gall down the middle of the goal, much to disgust of Liverpool manager Jurgen Kloop, who was disappointed about the decision to give the penalty – even though he felt it was right.

In the lead up to the goal, Reds substitute Sadio Mane had the ball in the net, but the goal was ruled out for offside. Mo Salah also had a goal ruled out for offside for Liverpool as well.

Jota gave Liverpool the lead when he danced past two challenges before finding the bottom corner in the 60th minute, his eighth goal in eight Liverpool games.

Brighton missed a first-half penalty when Neal Maupay struck his attempt wide after Neco Williams had brought down Connolly (20).

However, Gross made this time count, as Maupay watched from the stands are he was subbed out.

“The offside, it was really close with Mo, I think – but we are used to armpits, and club badges, so if it’s a toe then it’s obviously offside. And the other one with Sadio was clear,” said Klopp speaking to BT Sport.

“The penalty, it is how it is. I think the decisions were right, yes.”

Klopp added: “Very good. I couldn’t be more proud of the boys, what they’ve put out here today. The boys played how we had to play in the first half hour.

“We struggled a little bit with a new last line, with their balls in behind, because we didn’t drop at the right moment. We got that sorted in the first-half. Second-half we had no problems with that anymore.

“Second-half, we had some problems with energy and sat a little bit deeper and that’s how the situation happens. The goals we scored were brilliant – even if one got disallowed. It’s just tough times, that’s how it is.”

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