LONDON: Pascal Gross’s stoppage time penalty left Liverpool disappointed after they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at Brighton on Saturday after a Diogo Jota goal looked like Juergen Klopp’s side had won a victory.
After a pitchside camera analysis, Gross hammered in his penalty shot, seeing Andy Robertson fined for hitting Danny Welbeck’s foot. Two targets ruled out by VAR had previously been seen by Liverpool.
With 21 points from 10 games, the reigning champions also pushed a point ahead at the top of the table with Tottenham Hotspur, who played at Chelsea on Sunday, getting 20 points out of nine.
Skipper Jordan Henderson of Liverpool feels aggrieved by the verdict of referee Stuart Atwell and the final outcome.
“They were ours. There should in my mind, be three points. I watched the replay. Who’s going to be happy? “Said he.
Klopp, who was again dismissive of the broadcast schedule that placed his team on the kickoff early Saturday after a Champions League game on Wednesday, had rested Joel Matip and started on the bench with Henderson and Sadio Mane.
Liverpool had survived two early scares with a make-shift defence. First in the 10th minute, Aaron Connolly wasted an opportunity when Neal Maupay put him through on target but fired high. Then 10 minutes later, Nico Williams, the right back of Liverpool, took Connolly down in the box, but Maupay placed his penalty kick high.
Liverpool later claimed that when Firmino fed Salah, who exploded goalwards and poked the ball past Mat Ryan, they had taken the lead. But the Egyptian had been in an offside spot, VAR ruled.
After a break in a move that added a more familiar confidence to the champions’ play, Klopp brought Jordan Henderson on for Williams.
As Salah laid off for Jota, who veered across the top of the penalty area, the opening goal came on the hour, creating space for a low shot into the bottom corner. In all competitions, it was his ninth goal of the season.
Liverpool, who on Tuesday played Ajax in the Champions League, took a blow when James Milner was forced to go down with what looked to be a hamstring injury.
Seven minutes from the finish, before the late Brighton equaliser, Mane had a heading shot thrown out for offside.
Meanwhile, despite two late goals after a bleak first half at Selhurst Park, Newcastle United will sit above Crystal Palace. In the 88th minute, Callum Wilson took the visitors ahead before Joelinton hit in the final minute of the stipulated match.