Jurgen Klopp reviews Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Brighton
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Liverpool dropped two points in the Premier League on Saturday as Brighton came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Anfield. The draw saw Chelsea extend their lead at the top of the table to three points with a 3-0 win at Newcastle, leaving Jurgen Klopp frustrated with his side’s performance.
Things had started well enough, with Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane firing Liverpool into a 2-0 lead after just 24 minutes.
But rather than continue on their way, in the style of the 5-0 win over Manchester United last weekend, they allowed Brighton back into the game.
Enock Mwepu made it 2-1 from 25 yards before Leandro Trossard slotted in to make it 2-2. Brighton thought they might have won it, too, but Trossard’s late goal was ruled out for offside.
The result meant Liverpool remained the only unbeaten team in the Premier League, but it was not a satisfactory draw for Klopp.
Liverpool now have six wins and four draws to their name in the league for 22 points, three behind Chelsea, who have won eight, drawn one and lost one.
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That could be a bad omen because over the last five years, only one team has drawn more than four matches and gone on to win the Premier League.
Remaining unbeaten is a feather in the cap for Klopp and his side, but it is clear the Reds manager felt frustration at full-time.
“Top moments in the first half where we showed how we can hurt Brighton, played some top passes through the centre and played really good football but were only 2-0,” he said.
“In the second half, we were not good enough. The body language I didn’t like it all. It was like ‘oh my God, it’s really tough’.
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“Yeah, it was clear before the game. The best way to defend Brighton is to have the ball yourself and play in the spaces where they are exposed, but we didn’t do that and that’s a problem.”
He added: “I cannot change it now, [but] it feels like a defeat even though I know it’s not a defeat. It is a deserved point for Brighton, obviously, for different reasons.
“It’s unnecessary because in our good moments we were really good, we showed how you have play against Brighton but then with not playing enough football anymore, we opened the door for them.
“The best way to defend Brighton is to have the ball yourself and that’s what we didn’t do for long enough.”
Liverpool host Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday before travelling to West Ham in the league on Sunday.
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