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4th time already: Liverpool continue problem trend in Brighton draw

Liverpool played out a frustrating 2-2 draw with Brighton on Saturday at Anfield. It’s a game that continues a worrying trend for the Reds this season.

Liverpool looked to carry their wonderful form back to Anfield on Saturday. And it really looked as though that would be the case early on.

The Reds raced into a lead with Jordan Henderson scoring inside four minutes. It wasn’t too much longer before Sadio Mane made it 2-0 from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wonderful cross.

Unfortunately, Brighton pulled one back before half-time with what was either a sensational lob or a mishit cross. Either way, they were back in the game.

And the Seagulls used that motivation to find a second-half equaliser. In truth, they were cutting the Reds open pretty easily for a game at Anfield. Liverpool couldn’t cope at times.

And so Liverpool v Brighton ended in a 2-2 draw. That’s certainly frustrating but it’s the nature of the result that’s worrying. Jurgen Klopp’s side continued a worrying trend.

Liverpool draw with Brighton

Liverpool didn’t just drop point here but they did so from a 2-0 lead. A team with title aspirations has to see this game out.

This team struggles to do that, however. This is the fourth time already this season that Liverpool conceded twice after taking a lead.

It first happened at Anfield against AC Milan. Liverpool took a 9th-minute lead there but went into half-time 2-1 down. They did eventually come back to win that one, though.

Ten days later, Liverpool took a 2-1 lead over Brentford. The Bees equalised but Klopp’s men found another for 3-2. And then they conceded again – 3-3.

We saw it against Atletico Madrid, too. Liverpool went 2-0 up there but conceded twice before finding a late winner. A winner they couldn’t get against Brighton.

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It’s a worrying trend. In fact, in the seven games Liverpool have conceded in this season, five of them saw their opponents manage at least two. Score once against this Reds side and you know there’s a chance for another.

Liverpool must cut that out. Perhaps the rotation at centre-back needs to change or maybe consistency in midfield could make them harder to play against.

Liverpool’s attack is on fire this season and scoring goals for fun. That should carry them to win after win. Unfortunately, their inability to lock things up is costing them points.

They better settle on a fix before this truly gets out of hand.

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