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Liverpool’s unbeaten season remains just intact thanks to Alisson heroics against Brighton

Liverpool stumbled to a point against Brighton and Hove Albion after going two goals up in the first half. 

A poor second-half performance allowed the travelling fans to dream of another win at Anfield as the game had many similarities to Liverpool’s 3-3 draw against Brentford earlier on in the campaign.

The first half began in rapid fashion from the home side as captain Jordan Henderson got the scoring underway five minutes in.

Virgil Van Dijk was the creative force at the back once again with a diagonal ball to find Mohamed Salah causing havoc down the right.

As he was running at Brighton left back Marc Cucurella, he laid the ball back to the edge of the box to find Henderson running onto the pass which meant he was able to sweep the ball home.

It was a fast start from Liverpool but just before that goal Brighton had given them a scare as Solly March got in-behind the backline.

However, the angle was realistically too tight to score from as Alisson stood tall to parry the ball away.

Ten minutes after the first goal Jurgen Klopp’s side had yet another scare as Yves Bissouma broke from the midfield and started running at pace.

When he got on the edge of the box he decided to shoot, and he hit the post.

However, a corner was given meaning that the ball was remarkably tipped onto the post from Alisson to keep The Reds in the lead.

That lead should have been doubled one minute later as Salah once again set up one of his teammates.

He found Roberto Firmino in acres of space in the penalty area, but the Brazilian did not make a proper connection with the strike as it flew over the bar.

The first half was full of action but then another injury hit the Liverpool midfield as Naby Keita who went off injured last weekend after a horror tackle from Paul Pogba had to be taken off after he went down untouched.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on for him and within six minutes he had got an assist.

On the right he was gifted all the space in the world to carry the ball into and he got his head up to find Sadio Mane all by himself.

Mane headed the ball in from the cross to give Jurgen Klopp’s team a bit of breathing space.

The Senegalese thought he had another ten minutes later as he put pressure on goalkeeper Robert Sanchez to rush his clearance.

It deflected in off Mane, but VAR checked the goal and it went directly in off his arm therefore it was disallowed.

Brighton fought back and just before half-time rather fortunately got a goal to half the deficit.

Enock Mwepu either seen Alisson half a foot off his line or put in an abysmal cross as he looped the ball over the Brazilian in goal to give Graham Potter’s side a vital momentum lift going into the half-time break.

In the second half The Seagulls started on the front foot, but it looked like that would be cancelled out due to another Salah goal as Mane slid him through.

The flag went up straight after Salah had scored though and VAR made sure that decision was correct.

Alarmingly Liverpool were letting the game drift in the second half and their complacency came back to bite them in the 65th minute.

Leandro Trossard got the equaliser, and it was so easy for the away side.

One long ball out wide to the left-hand side from Sanchez caused chaos in the defence and former Liverpool man Adam Lallana was found in a pocket of space by Cucurella.

Lallana found Trossard who lost Van Dijk and dribbled past Andy Robertson like he wasn’t there before slotting the ball home.

It was such a poor goal to concede and five minutes later Alisson once again had to bail Liverpool out of trouble.

Mwepu found himself through on goal and Alisson made a late decision to rush out of his goal to close the angle and it was a brilliant decision as he kept the ball out of the net.

Klopp’s team could not react as Brighton kept on piling the pressure and looked like they had found the winner.

Trossard again scored but just like with Salah earlier in the half the flag went up straightaway.

Liverpool struggled throughout the half and could not create anymore chances to steal the win.

Due to Chelsea winning it leaves The Reds three points behind them in second place, but they are still two points ahead of Manchester City due to their loss against Crystal Palace.

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Jones (Minamino 87), Keita (Oxlade-Chamberlain 18); Salah, Firmino (Jota 78), Mane

Brighton XI: Sanchez; Veltman, Duffy, Dunk, Cucurella; Mwepu, Bissouma (Mac Allister 60), March, Lallana (Gross 77), Moder (Lamptey 66); Trossard

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