In the eighth week of the Premier League this season, Brighton & Hove Albion hosted Liverpool in a thrilling encounter that ultimately ended in a 2-2 draw. The Amex Stadium was the stage for this highly anticipated clash, which took place on Sunday, October 8, 2023.
Brighton made an early statement, with Simon Adingra breaking the deadlock in the 20th minute with a stunning long-range effort. However, Liverpool responded with a double from Mohamed Salah, who found the back of the net in the 40th and 46th minutes to give his team the lead going into halftime.
The game’s equilibrium was restored in the 78th minute when Lewis Dunk scored to make it 2-2, and this scoreline remained unchanged until the final whistle.
With this result, Liverpool climbed to third place in the Premier League standings, amassing a total of 17 points. However, their position is precarious, as Arsenal could potentially overtake them if they earn points against Manchester City. As for Brighton, they currently occupy the sixth spot with 16 points.
The match unfolded with several key moments. Brighton initially seized the advantage in the 20th minute when Simon Adingra capitalized on a mistake by Virgil van Dijk to launch a devastating counterattack, concluding with a precise long-range strike that found the bottom right corner of Liverpool’s goal.
Liverpool managed to turn the tide by equalizing in the 40th minute. A swift counterattack, orchestrated by Dominik Szoboszlai, Luis Diaz, and Darwin Nunez, culminated in a well-placed pass to Salah in the penalty area. Salah wasted no time in dispatching the ball past Bart Verbruggen with a clinical finish.
Salah further tilted the scales in Liverpool’s favor just before halftime. A penalty kick, awarded after Pascal Gross fouled Szoboszlai, was confidently converted by Salah, providing Liverpool with a 2-1 lead at the break.
The second half witnessed more thrilling moments. Brighton came close to leveling the score in the 49th minute, but Adingra’s close-range effort was thwarted by Alisson Becker. Two minutes later, Evan Ferguson’s long-range attempt narrowly missed the target.
Liverpool also had opportunities to extend their lead. In the 54th minute, Ryan Gravenberch’s shot struck the goalpost, and in the 65th minute, Verbruggen blocked Gravenberch’s shot.
Brighton eventually found their equalizer in the 78th minute, as Dunk deftly redirected Solly March’s free-kick into the net, eluding Alisson’s anticipation.
Brighton vs Liverpool statistics
Brighton and Hove Albion
English Premier League
46.0% Possession 54.0% 53.9% Duels success rate 46.1% 45.5% Aerial duels won 54.5% 12 Interceptions 10 1 Offsides 0 8 Corners won 1
415 Passes 496 38 Long passes 37 85.1% Passing accuracy 86.9% 71.0% Passing accuracy in opponents’ half (%) 74.9% 14 Crosses 8 28.6% Crossing accuracy 25.0%
2 Goals 2 14 Shots 14 3 Shots on target 4 6 Blocked shots 5 6 Shots outside the box 4 8 Shots inside the box 10 21.4% Shooting accuracy 28.6%
17 Tackles 22 58.8% Tackles success rate 77.3% 14 Clearances 21
12 Fouls conceded 20 1 Yellow cards 2 0 Red cards 0
In the 84th minute, Joao Pedro had a chance to become Brighton’s hero, but his shot in front of Liverpool’s goal unfortunately sailed over the crossbar. This proved to be the final opportunity of the match, and the score remained deadlocked at Brighton vs Liverpool 2-2 until the final whistle.
Brighton & Hove Albion : Verbruggen, Veltman, Dunk, Igor (Van Hecke 63′), March, Gross, Baleba, Adingra, Joao Pedro (Ansu Fati 88′), Mitoma, Ferguson (Welbeck 60′).
Liverpool : Alisson, Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip (Konate 73′), Alexander-Arnold (Gomez 80′), Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Elliott (Gravenberch 46′), Diaz, Nunez, Salah.