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Brighton 2-2 Liverpool: Lewis Dunk prevents another Reds comeback win

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 16:15, 8 October 2023

Liverpool were heading towards another Premier League comeback victory before Lewis Dunk ensured the points would be shared.

An early mishap enabled 21-year-old Brighton forward Simon Adingra to net his second goal for the club.

Instead of moving towards a pass made in his direction, Alexis Mac Allister — back at his former stomping ground — waited for the ball to come to him subsequently allowing Adingra to nip in leading to him stroking the ball past Alisson.

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Since the start of last season, only Spurs (12) have scored more goals after high turnovers than Brighton (10) in the Premier League. Indeed, they’ve netted more in this manner than any other side this season (four).

But his team’s joy was short-lived as Mohamed Salah netted a late first-half brace, the latter coming from 12 yards. It was a scene fast becoming familiar. Jurgen Klopp’s men go behind before mounting a spirited recovery to seal the win. Across nine previous matches in all competitions, heading into today’s game, the Reds trailed seven times, winning six with the sole exception being last time out at Tottenham.

In fact, only Luton and Sheffield United (seven times each) have conceded the first goal in more Premier League games this season than Liverpool (five). Dunk’s late effort was his 14th strike in the Premier League with all of those goals coming from set-piece situations.

Even though Liverpool has now gained a league-high 10 points from losing positions it felt like a loss and their head coach may now have a nemesis. Klopp is yet to beat Roberto De Zerbi in all competitions (two draws and two losses) – across his managerial career, only against Bert van Marwijk (five) has the German tactician overseen more games without managing to win.


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