VAR denies Liverpool three points

English Premier League

Liverpool dropped two points in the Premier League following a 1-1 draw against Brighton Hove and Albion on Saturday afternoon.

Nathaniel Phillips made just his third appearance for the Reds, who also recalled Mohamed Salah ahead of Sadio Mane who dropped to the bench.

Brighton should’ve taken the lead on ten minutes through Aaron Connolly who beat the offside trap to go level with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker following a through ball, but dragged wide.

Neco Williams gifted the hosts a breakthrough on 18 minutes after upending Connolly in a tussle near the byline to concede a penalty-kick, unfortunately for the home side, Neal Maupay failed to profit.

That was also Maupay’s last involvement in the match, as an injury 25 minutes in saw him walked off the pitch and his spot filled by Leonardo Trossard.

Liverpool broke the deadlock ten minutes to halftime when Salah strayed ahead of the defence to profit from a one-on-one scenario, but was flagged for offside by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

A change for the Reds during the interval heralded the arrival of captain Jordan Henderson in place of Williams, with Brighton unchanged.

The Seagulls looked for the opener on 54 minutes through the boot of Danny Welbeck, but Alisson Becker parried.

Liverpool hit the front after 60 minutes when an exchange of passes involving Salah allowed Diogo Jota to drift in-field from out wide to find the bottom-corner.

The Reds thought they had bagged a second goal on 86 minutes when Mane glanced home Andrew Robertson's free-kick, but VAR intervened once again to the header out for offside.

After relentless pressure and having a goal disallowed by VAR, the Seagulls levelled from the spot deep in stoppage time through Pascal Grob following a foul on Welbeck, as it ended 1-1.

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