LONDON: Liverpool are still learning how to cope with the demands imposed by Thursday night Europa League football.

They are also adjusting to the aggressive pressing from opponents as they attempt to pass out from the back. They were disturbed in that manner the controversial, VAR-mangled defeat by Tottenham and were caught again in a 2-2 draw at Brighton.

The Seasiders had kicked off one point behind Liverpool and made the perfect start with a goal from their latest discovery Simon Adingra. The 21-year-old Ivory Coast winger pounced on a penalty box misunderstanding between Brighton ‘old boy’ Alexis Mac Allister and Virgil van Dijk.

At this point Brighton were in control with Liverpool slow to find their rhythm after Thursday’s victory over Union Saint-Gilloise in the Europa League. Fortunately they had Mohamed Salah to come to their rescue, not for the first time.

A poor pass from Lewis Dunk set Liverpool on the counter-attack and Salah equalised by converting the Darwin Nunez assist. Three minutes Salah shot Liverpool ahead from a penalty after Pascal Gross brought down Dominik Szoboszlai after another example of defensive A. Gross was shown a yellow card and was fortunate not to have seen red.

Salah’s pace and focus demonstrated how important it will be for Liverpool to resist the transfers offers expected in January from Saudi Arabia.

Liverpool brought Ryan Gravenberch off the bench for the fourth Premier match in succession after the interval to cope with Brighton’s resurgence.

Two fine saves from Alisson foiled Adingra and Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi was shown a yellow card for demanding a penalty in vain when a shot from Kaoru Mitoma ricocheted off Van Dijk’s leg and against an arm. Finally Brighton’s pressure was rewarded with an equaliser from Dunk, making amends for his earlier error.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: “I think it was the right result. We are generally in a good moment so I told the boys in the dressing room that when we come back we should be prepared for the next super important period. Things are OK but what is important is that the boys come back healthy and then we fight for everything.”

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