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Five talking topics after Brighton’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool include Alexis not being a 6 and surrendering first again.

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Liverpool conceded a late equalizer as Brighton held to a 2-2 draw at the Amex Stadium.

 

Goals: Adingra 20′, Dunk 78′; Salah 40′ pencil 45′

Check out five talking points from Jurgen Klopp’s frustrating afternoon below.
Slow starts must be eliminated

The fact that Liverpool have already taken 10 Premier League points from behind this season is handy proof that the Mentality Monsters are back in the building.
However, this impressive statistic would not have been needed had the Reds not conceded first in seven of their 11 matches in all competitions this season.

Even Brighton started slowly, preferring to checkmate the hosts only to sloppily hit the opening goal.

In the end, it hurt the Reds as they couldn’t take more than a point despite Mohamed Salah’s improvement late in the first half.

It is a habit that Klopp will have to stamp out if his team is to deliver on its promise as the season progresses.
Reds receive another questionable call
Given everything that followed Liverpool’s controversial defeat to Tottenham last weekend, it would have been nice if this game had passed without reason to comment on the officials’ performance.

And yet, even in giving the Reds a penalty in the final moments of the first half, the referees seemingly could not help but provide a major talking point.

Pascal Gross was not even booked for attempting to strangle Dominik Szoboszlai with his own shirt to give up the spot kick, despite failing to attempt to play the ball and seemingly denying a goalscoring opportunity – clear criteria for a red card.

This Is Anfield understands that the officials felt that a goalscoring opportunity had not been denied as Szoboszlai was moving away from goal and would have needed to gain possession of the ball. But that’s hardly bulletproof logic, so you can understand why Liverpool fans might wonder when they turn green in such situations.
Mac Allister IS NOT 6

Perhaps it is too harsh to criticize a player who is clearly not fulfilling the role expected of him when he signed for the club.

But whether you liked the midfielder or not, it’s hard not to feel that there must be a lot more to Alexis MacAllister in a Liverpool shirt.
Too often, his full pace seemed out of style when it started at Anfield, creating gaps around him in midfield.
The Argentine is also prone to hesitation in possession at times, which a hard-working Brighton were only too happy to exploit in this game. Klopp already has a lot to think about going into this second international break, but Mac Allister’s class should probably be at the top of his list to get the most out of action.

Elliott struggles – and where is Endo?
Mainly after Wataru Endo’s half-time dismissal against Union SG on Thursday, Harvey Elliott was a surprise choice to replace Curtis Jones here.

And the fact the Englishman was hooked after 45 minutes of action suggests Klopp didn’t feel his decision paid off in the end.

Despite his undeniable quality, Elliott isn’t quite at the point in his career where he’s fully learned to mitigate his physical deficit in intense road games like this one. His struggles on the defensive end are highlighted by the fact that he made zero tackles, zero interceptions and won a fumble before being sent off.

However, he was given the chance to show his awareness and quality with the smartest of passes for Salah’s equaliser.

Of course, those kinds of hits are expected of young players, so Elliott should just let it be one of those days.
With Tottenham’s defeat last time out followed by a frustrating draw at Brighton,

Liverpool fans may be forced to make snap judgments about this team’s potential.
But they must not lose sight of the fact that overall it has been a very encouraging start to the new campaign.

Despite an ugly schedule that includes extremely difficult away days, the Reds are second in the international standings, sitting decently in the top four.

And if certain decisions had gone particularly well in the last two outings, it could easily sit at the top of the pile.

There is obviously still plenty of room for improvement for Klopp’s men, but their start to the season has already shown they have put a disastrous 2022/23 campaign firmly behind them.

And with their upcoming schedule looking a lot friendlier, don’t bet against them taking full advantage of the strong foundation they’ve built so far.

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