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Pascal Gross of Brighton and Hove Albion scores a penalty for his team's last gasp equaliser. (Photo by Neil Hall - Pool/Getty Images)

Pascal Gross of Brighton and Hove Albion scores a penalty for his team's last gasp equaliser. (Photo by Neil Hall - Pool/Getty Images)

Pascal Gross of Brighton and Hove Albion scores a penalty for his team's last gasp equaliser. (Photo by Neil Hall - Pool/Getty Images)

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson called for VAR to be scrapped in the Premier League, as the champions were on the wrong end of a succession of decisions once again in a 1-1 draw at Brighton.

A last gasp equaliser denied Liverpool victory after referee Stuart Atwell reviewed Andy Robertson’s challenge on Danny Welbeck and reversed his decision to hand the home side a second penalty of the game.

Neal Maupay missed the first half penalty Brighton has been awarded after Aaron Connolly was fouled in the box, but Pascal Gross made no mistake from the penalty spot to snare a point for the home side.

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Aaron Connolly was brought down by Neco Williams (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

Aaron Connolly was brought down by Neco Williams (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

Aaron Connolly was brought down by Neco Williams (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

It concluded another afternoon of frustration for Liverpool and their manager Jurgen Klopp, as they had two goals disallowed after VAR reviews and also saw their injury crisis deepen James Milner limped out of the game with a hamstring problem.

It still seemed as if Liverpool would overcome all those obstacles and pick up a win after Diogo Jota expertly dribbled his way through the Brighton box before slotting home to give his side a lead on the hour mark, only for the hosts to find a late leveller from the spot in the third minute of added time.

The outcome inspired an agitated Henderson to suggest he would rather play matches without VAR technology, after a season that has seen Liverpool come off of the wrong side of reviewed decisions time and again.

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The big screen shows the VAR decision to disallow Liverpool's first goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The big screen shows the VAR decision to disallow Liverpool's first goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The big screen shows the VAR decision to disallow Liverpool's first goal during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

When asked whether he would rather play the game without video reviews, Henderson was quick to offer his verdict as he stated: “I don’t want to speak for anybody else but in my opinion I would.

“I just want to play football as normal. I saw Kevin de Bruyne saying in an interview they have changed so many rules we don’t know what they are anymore. That for me is a big problem.

“We are talking about instances all the time and not the football. In my opinion I would rather play without it, yeah.”

While Liverpool’s two disallowed goals appeared to be narrowly off-side, Henderson was convinced Robertson’s challenge on Welbeck was not worthy of a penalty.

“The third one, I don’t know, it’s not a penalty,” he added.

“You can think I’m biased but if you ask four or five or their lads they will say the same thing.

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“They said it walking off the pitch. You feel as though there are a lot of decisions that go against you but that decision for me today is baffling.

“It should be three points, in my opinion. I’ve seen the replay. Who would be happy? It’s not a pen. It feels like we’re standing here every week and discussing incidents.”

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 Jurgen Klopp talks to referee Stuart Attwell after the match. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp talks to referee Stuart Attwell after the match. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp talks to referee Stuart Attwell after the match. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Klopp did his best to contain his annoyance he tried to sum up a game dominated by VAR, as he was keen to avoid getting a fine in his post-match interviews.

“We are used to armpits. We have a toe today. It is how it is. I think the decisions were right,” stated Klopp, refereeing to other goals his side have been denied due to VAR decisions this season.

“The ref whistled it. You try always, all the time. Today I say it wasn’t a penalty. What do you want me to say? I said it was a penalty because the ref whistled it, after watching it.”

Klopp shook up his team as he rested defender Joel Matip, left Sadio Mane on the bench and used him as a replacement for Mohamed Salah on the hour mark, with the Liverpool boss clearly trying to keep his players fresh amid a hectic fixture list.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the boys for how they played today. We struggled a bit in the first half an hour with the new last line, because we didn’t drop in the right time,” added Klopp.

“We sorted that but in the second half we had some problems with energy. In the situations around the goals, we were brilliant.”

Republic of Ireland striker Connolly caught the eye for Brighton the first half of this game and should ave scored when he was sent clear on goal only to shoot wide after 11 minutes.

The home side shaded the first half, but Salah so nearly scored the opener until a VAR off-side call cut short his celebrations.

Then Liverpool were hurt again as Mane’s late headed goal was cancelled out after a VAR review confirmed he was in an offside position.

Brighton’s late goal meant Liverpool returned to the top of the table, but only by a point on a day when VAR was their biggest enemy once again.

Read John Aldridge's exclusive column on Liverpool's latest VAR chaos in this weekend's Sunday World

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