Early strikes from Liverpool’s Henderson and Mané are cancelled out by Mwepu and Trossard, in this dramatic EPL encounter at Anfield!
Brighton & Hove Albion came back from two goals down to earn a deserved point and deny Liverpool victory in an action-packed English Premier League (EPL) showdown at Anfield.
Skipper Jordan Henderson smashed the Reds ahead from 18 yards on 4 minutes. The goal came moments after Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson had denied Solly March at the other end, following Leandro Trossard’s defence-busting through-ball.
Yves Bissouma was making his first start for the Seagulls since the 19th of September, after recovering from a knee injury. The Malian midfielder had a great effort tipped onto the post by Alisson.
However, the Reds then flew straight up the other end and Sadio Mané headed Liverpool into a 2-0 lead, after a cross by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on 24 minutes.
Brighton’s comeback started through Enock Mwepu’s first EPL goal. Four minutes from the break, the Zambian midfielder’s stunning attempt from 25 yards completely deceived Alisson and flew into the back of the Liverpool net.
Graham Potter’s side never gave up and they equalised when Leandro Trossard found space in the box and fired home on 65 minutes. The goal came from an assist by former Reds player Adam Lallana.
Mohamed Salah and Mané both found the back of the net, either side of half-time, but both attempts were ruled out for offside and handball respectively.
In a tense finale, Brighton thought they had won it when Trossard scored in front of The Kop, but the strike was ruled out for offside.
The result sees Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool remain in second position in the EPL table. However, they are now three points behind leaders Chelsea, with 22 points. Despite this fighting performance, Brighton drop to seventh, on 16 points.