A controverrsial penalty offered in the closing stages of the first fixture of the 10th week of the 2020/2021 English Premier League season saw Brighton secure a vital point against Liverpool.
Diogo Jota had opened the scoring in the second half after Mohammed Salah had a goal disallowed in the first half Neil Maupay also missed a penalty but Brighton scored via another penalty to deny Liverpool of a victory.
Below are some of the talking points from the game.
VAR in the headline once more
For another week, the VAR took centre stage as it played a crucial role in deciding the outcome of the game. Mohammed Salah was adjudged to be marginally offside and had his goal disallowed in the first half before Robertson was deemed to have fouled Danny Welbeck in the penalty box, resulting in Brighton’s equalizer.
The microcosm of Brighton’s season
There has been a familiar story to every Brighton game this season. Graham Potter’s men have played some wonder and beautiful football this campaign but have on most occasions failed to get the needed goals.
Same was the story against Liverpool as Aaron Connolly missed some golden opportunities before Neil Maupay also put his penalty a fraction wide after sending Alisson Becker the wrong way. Probably they would have gotten much more from this game, just like in most games, if not for their wastefulness.
Liverpool getting weaker?
It might be harsh to assert that Liverpool is getting weaker each week but the signs are clear for all to see that they are not as strong as they were or would be with their injured players.
In the absence of Trent Alexander Arnold, Neco Williams was unable to cope with the Brighton attackers and was responsible for conceding the penalty which Maupay missed.
The absence of Van Dijk and Joe Gomez has also seen Klopp changing his centre back pairings and it nearly cost them today with Brighton opening them up with long balls and through balls in the first half. With the games coming thick and fast, it remains to be seen how Klopp and his men will cope.