GRAHAM POTTER called Liverpool the best team on the planet before bringing them back down to earth.
Jurgen Klopp’s side looked back to their title-cruising best after consecutive 5-0 wins over Watford and bitter rivals Manchester United.
Leandro Trossard celebrates his second-half equaliser for BrightonCredit: Reuters
But after waxing lyrical before the game about the Reds quality, Potter’s side shackled Liverpool’s ego by clawing themselves back from two goals down.
For the first twenty minutes, the Reds managed to start where they left off at Old Trafford as early goals from Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane shocked the Seagulls.
But by the end of the second half, Liverpool were camped on the edge of their box defending a point as goals from Enock Mwepu and Leandro Trossard levelled the score.
Despite the result, Liverpool will still be reaching for the stars as their unbeaten start to the season was maintained.
As for Brighton, It was a result they deserved after recent performances.
Graham Potter seems every manager’s best mate after receiving plaudits from Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp in successive weeks.
But after bore draws over Norwich and Arsenal as well as a thumping by Man City, the Seagulls boss will know those compliments would soon fade if his side failed to bear the fruits of their labour.
It is still no wins in five matches, but his side can host Newcastle next week knowing what they are capable of.
Klopp made only two changes from last week’s mauling over United with Curtis Jones coming into midfield and Sadio Mane getting the nod over Diogo Jota.
Eyebrows were raised when top scorer Neal Maupay was left on the bench, with Potter leaving Trossard to lead the line up top.
But more importantly, Yves Bissouma was reinstated for the first time since his arrest earlier this month.
But Potter’s decision to change things almost came off as Brighton threw away a perfect chance to pull ahead.
Trossard’s reverse pass put Solly March in behind Liverpool’s defence and the midfielder had all the time in the world before shooting straight at Alisson.
But the away side were caught out by a long diagonal pass from Virgil Van Dijk to Mo Salah for Henderson’s early opener.
Jordan Henderson whipped in Mo Salah’s cross to give Liverpool an early leadCredit: AP
The Liverpool captain celebrates his wonderful strikeCredit: AP
Sadio Mane doubled Liverpool’s lead with a header from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s crossCredit: EPA
The Egyptian controlled before laying off the Kop skipper to loop a strike over Robert Sanchez from the edge of the box.
Henderson’s celebration told all, as it was his first strike at Anfield in over two years.
Naby Keita’s surprise recovery from Paul Pogba’s horror tackle last week lasted just a quarter of an hour as Klopp was forced into an early change.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on in his place and wasted no time in impressing in front of the Kop.
The England midfielder floated in a delightful cross to the back post for Mane to head home the second.
Sent into shell shock, the Reds smelt blood and in similar fashion as they put United and Watford to the sword they pressed relentlessly.
And Mane would have had a second had VAR not spared Sanchez a howler after the Senegal winger’s blocked clearance found the back of the net after striking his arm.
Enock Mwepu pulled one back for Brighton just before half-timeCredit: EPA
Leandro Trossard dragged Brighton level midway through the second halfCredit: Reuters
But Mwepu halved the deficit before half-time by opening up his Seagulls account with a worldie.
The Zambian swept a ball high over Alisson’s head and into the back of the net from 25 yards.
Both sides maintained their high energy after the restart with Salah having a goal chalked off for offside and Adam Lallana having an effort saved.
But Liverpool became disjointed and were punished after Trossard slammed in an equaliser at the near post.
And it could have been worse for Klopp’s side had the flag not gone up for the Belgian’s second strike minutes later.
Salah twisted and turned but his ten game scoring streak came to an end.
The ultimate test of Liverpool’s title credentials will be in January when Salah and Mane jet off to the Africa Cup of Nations.
Because going by this performance, Klopp will know without them both it could be a very cold winter in Merseyside.
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