Liverpool’s injury nightmare continued after James Milner was taken off against Brighton as the Seagulls snatched a draw with the last kick of the game. Jurgen Klopp made six changes to the side that lost to Atalanta in the Champions League, with Fabinho and Robertson returning to the back four and Minamino making his first Premier League start.
Brighton’s Connolly missed a glorious opportunity to fire the hosts into lead, but his shot flew wide of the target with just the goalkeeper to beat after being played through on goal by Maupay. Brighton were guilty of missing another chance as Maupay missed a penalty after Connolly was brought down by Williams in the box. Liverpool thought they had taken the lead in the 34th minute as Mo Salah raced to the box and shot past the goalkeeper after catching onto Firmino’s cross. However, the goal was chalked off after VAR adjudged Salah’s toe to be in an offside position.
Brighton’s missed chances came back to haunt them in the second half as Diogo Jota’s quick feet allowed him to dance past a couple of Brighton defenders and shoot into the bottom left to give Liverpool the lead. Things got worse for Liverpool as James Milner had to be replaced by Curtis Jones as the midfielder suffered a hamstring injury. Milner, who played three times in the last six days joins a long list of Liverpool players injured this season. The game seemed to be heading to a win for the defending champions until Robertson was adjudged by VAR to have kicked the foot of Welbeck in the last minute of stoppage time. Pascal Groß scored the penalty to earn a point for the Seagulls as Liverpool go top of the table until tomorrow’s London derby.
Jurgen Klopp, who had many times voiced his concerns on scheduling and not allowing five substitutions gave sarcastic responses to the BT Sport reporter after the game.