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dropped points Jurgen Klopp fails to hide his annoyance as Liverpool let 2-0 lead slip against Brighton

Klopp admitted his side’s home draw with Brighton ‘felt like a defeat’ as his side surrendered a 2-0 lead at Anfield

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Enock Mwepu beat Alisson Becker (Nick Potts/PA)

Enock Mwepu beat Alisson Becker (Nick Potts/PA)

Enock Mwepu beat Alisson Becker (Nick Potts/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted the 2-2 home draw with Brighton ‘felt like a defeat’ as his side surrendered a 2-0 lead at Anfield.

After last week’s 5-0 demolition of Manchester United, the sight of the hosts establishing what appeared a comfortable advantage after only 24 minutes thanks to Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane appeared to spell trouble for the Seagulls.

However, pre-match Jurgen Klopp had said he expected a tough examination and that is what he got as Enock Mwepu’s first Premier League goal just before half-time was followed by a Leandro Trossard equaliser, with Brighton then creating better chances to win the game.

Part of their success was becoming only the second team this season after Burnley back August to stop Mohamed Salah find the net as his 10-match goalscoring run was brought to a halt with his only chance seeing an effort ruled out for offside.

Credit must go to the visitors, and their manager, who never cowered in the face of Liverpool’s pressure and had by far the better of the second half to be fully worthy of their point.

They are in good company as only title contenders Chelsea and Manchester City have left Anfield with anything other than a defeat this season and to have Liverpool’s nerves jangling as they did in the last 20 minutes was an indication of how their focused and committed approach paid dividends.

“It feels like a defeat,” admitted a deflated Klopp. “It’s not only because we were 2-0 up and not winning, it’s because the game I saw, we scored two of the most beautiful goals I’ve ever seen us score, which were disallowed.

“The pressing goal for Sadio was just unlucky, if you want to teach pressing, you would show this situation. But disallowed for handball, I guess.

“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.

“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’. 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.”

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 Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Brighton. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Brighton. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Brighton. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Klopp’s comments were not misplaced as Brighton turned in a hugely impressive performance, as their manager Graham Potter enhanced his reputation further.

Potter has been hailed as one of the more inventive managers working in the Premier League and turned down an advance to take over at Tottenham last summer.

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The performance of his Brighton team at Anfield confirmed he is building a solid side that are ready to challenge for a top eight finish this season and he was delighted with their fighting qualities.

“It’s a fantastic performance, the players deserve all the credit,” declared the Brighton boss.

“They’ve played with such courage and intensity, it was a fantastic game of football. Both teams went at it, we were toe-to-toe. It’s a point for us and a performance we can build on.

“It could have been 3-0 but instead it was 2-1. Those little things need to go your way, but I think our second goal was really well worked. You could tell the crowd was frustrated and that’s a sign of how well we were playing.

“It’s a fantastic game of football against a wonderful opponent. We’re happy with a point, delighted with the performance.

“There’s a nice belief in the team, a nice togetherness and resilience. They believe in each other. I’m really pleased because they put so much into that game today.”

Liverpool have now dropped six points on home soil this season and Klopp will be frustrated that the momentum his side built up with the win at Old Trafford last weekend has been halted in its tracks.

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