Brighton hold Liverpool 2-2 in Anfield cracker

Leandro Trossard silenced the Kop with a 65th-minute equaliser after an assist from ex-Liverpool star Adam Lallana.
Brighton hold Liverpool 2-2 in Anfield cracker
Leandro Trossard celebrates after scoring Brighton’s equaliser at Liverpool. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

After humiliating Manchester United at Old Trafford last week, Liverpool failed to defeat Brighton in front of their home crowd in a dramatic 2-2 draw at Anfield on Saturday.

The Reds who defeated Watford and United by a staggering 5-0 apiece had been unbeaten so far with six wins and three draws heading into the 10th game against Brighton who lost 4-1 to Manchester City last time out.

Jurgen Klopp's team began the game on a high note by slotting in two goals in the space of 20 minutes, making it 12 goals in three consecutive EPL matches.

Old Trafford hat-trick hero, Mohammed Salah teed up skipper Jordan Henderson for the opener in front of the Kop after just four minutes.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was an instant impact after coming in for injured Naby Kaita as he teed up Sadio Mane for Liverpool's second in the 20th minute.

Brighton looked prepped for a whitewash when keeper, Robert Sánchez, took long to clear a back pass from Dunk only to find the ball in the back of the net after a hard press from Mane and Salah.

VAR spared the blushes of Brighton after a check showed that Sánchez attempted to pull out ricocheted off Mane's hand before entering the net.

Ahead and confident, Liverpool took their foot off the gas, an action they would later regret as the Seagulls manoeuvre their way back into the game.

Enock Mwepu silenced the hosts with a screamer in the 41st minute to half the deficit as Graham Potter's side gradually grow in confidence before the break.

The Reds returned in the second half aiming to silence Brighton's resistance and got the right response through Salah who thought he had made it 3-1 just two minutes into the second half only to be ruled out for offside by the VAR.

But the hosts eased off moments later, allowing Brighton's resistance plan to regain momentum and they would later pay the price five minutes after the hour-mark.

Leandro Trossard silenced the Kop with a 65th-minute equaliser after an assist from ex-Liverpool star Adam Lallana.

Liverpool lost their footing afterwards and Brighton took control in search of the winner.

Trossard thought he had completed the turnaround in the 76th minute when Lamptey teed the Belgian up for Brighton's third but the celebration was cut short by the linesman who raised his flag for offside.

Klopp's men can count themselves lucky to share the spoils as the match turned into a game of cards afterwards with both sides receiving two yellow cards apiece to end the dramatic tie 2-2.

Liverpool remain second on the log after Manchester City lost 2-0 to Crystal Palace at teh Etihad.

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