In a match that was marred by VAR Decisions, Liverpool Fc were held to a 1-1 draw by the hosts Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club in the Premier League Match.
Takumi Minamino was named in the starting XI but Captain Jordan Henderson was among the substitutes alongside Sadio Mané, Curtis Jones and others
Nathaniel Phillips, Fabinho, Nico Williams and Andy Robertson returned in the defence, while Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah were restored in attack.
The Home side looked more in control and attacked Liverpool Fc (The Reds) through Long Balls. Aaron Connolly nearly gave the Seagulls an early lead but his shot went off target in the 9th minute.
Reminiscent to the previous Atalanta BC Home game, Neco Williams looked more rattled and conceded a needless Penalty after tripping Connolly in the Penalty Box in the 19th minute. Unfortunately, Neal Maupay struck his shot wide off the post much to the Home Side’s disappointment and that was huge let off for young Williams.
The Reds attack again did looked ineffective like the Atalanta BC Home game and just when Mohamed Salah thought he scored in the 34th minute, VAR chalked off the Goal for Offside after lengthy checks.
Both sides should count themselves lucky not to concede Goals but none more so than the Reds as the First Half ended at 0-0.
Before the Second Half began, Captain Jordan Henderson was brought on to replace the ineffective Neco Williams and James Milner was slotted to the Right Back position.
The Reds finally broke the deadlock in the Second Half as a clever pass from Salah found Jota and the young Portuguese International slotted the ball past the diving Matthew Ryan to the bottom left corner in the 59th minute.
Mohamed Salah was replaced by Sadio Mané in the 63rd minute and the Egyptian clearly let his displeasure known.
Adding to the Reds injury woes; James Milner limped off with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Curtis Jones in the 73rd minute.
Despite not as clear-cut as Salah’s disallowed Goal, the Reds had another Goal disallowed. Mané headed the ball following a Free Kick from Andrew Robertson but VAR chalked off the Goal and deemed Mané as Offside in the 83rd minute.
More VAR Controversy followed as in the 90th minute, Andrew Robertson was adjudged to have kicked Danny Welbeck but Referee Stuart Atwell awarded the Penalty for the Home Side after another lengthy checkups.
Pascal Groß then stepped in to take the Penalty in the Injury Time and levelled it for the Home Side as the Match sauntered to a 1-1 draw.
Reds Team Performance Ratings
Liverpool (4-2-3-1 Formation)
Alisson Becker – 7: Could not do anything with either of the Penalties but still snuffed out the attack whenever possible during the Match.
Nico Williams – 4: The youngster continued his poor and ineffective performance from the previous Atalanta BC Home match and conceded a needless penalty but fortunately had a huge let off as Maupay missed the Penalty. The youngster was rightly hauled off before the Second Half.
Nathaniel Phillips – 7: Fine performance and defended well alongside with Fabinho.
Fabinho – 6: Too slow and was frequently caught out of position. Still, did a decent job to defend well.
Andrew Robertson – 7: The Scot did a great job defending and moving the ball forward but perhaps would count himself unlucky for conceding a late penalty. But was the late Penalty “Clear and Obvious”? Well, Referee Stuart Atwell thought so.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 6: Looked largely ineffective and conceded possession. Still, distributed the ball around but that’s pretty much what he’s been doing lately.
James Milner – 7: One of the few bright spots in the side. Intercepted the attack and passed the ball around well but the lack of rest has been telling as the ageless Englishman too succumbed to an Hamstring Injury.
Roberto Firmino – 5: Very average performance and had very little impact on the game. The Brazilian is beginning to show signs of lack of form.
Diogo Jota – 7: Scored the Goal that gave the lead for the Reds and was always a constant menace for the Home Side.
Takumi Minamino – 5: The Japanese International finally got to play a full Premier League match but his performance was not up to the mark. Repeatedly got dispossessed and lacked the attacking threat.
Mohamed Salah – 6: Provided the assist that resulted in the Goal and had his Goal ruled out for Offside by VAR earlier in the First Half. Not one of the Egyptian’s best games.
Jordan Henderson – 6: The Captain’s introduction in the Second Half brought more vigour into the Reds Attack and the team looked more balanced but could not dictate the game too much.
Sadio Mané – N/A: Replaced Salah and during the Second Half had his Goal ruled out as Offside by VAR like Salah.
Curtis Jones – N/A: The youngster was brought on to replace the injured Milner and pretty much had no influence on the game.
Jürgen Klopp – 6: The German Coach has done well to manage an injury stricken stide but after today’s match, Klopp will need to also deal with the latest injury of James Milner along with long-term absentees Van Dijk, Gomez, Joe Gomes and others.
It is becoming an intrigue for everyone connected with the Reds to know when Thiago Alcântara will be able to return back to the side that is clearly in need of creativity in the Midfield.
The Reds are due to play against AFC Ajax at home for the Champions League 2020-21 Group D on Tuesday and will be keen to avoid another upset home loss.
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