Jordan Henderson believes Liverpool must move on quickly from a frustrating afternoon at The Amex on Saturday, after Jurgen Klopp’s side were held to a point following another controversial VAR decision, with the hosts receiving a stoppage time penalty to cancel out Diogo Jota’s opener.
The Premier League champions, who currently sit joint top of the table alongside Tottenham Hotspur, have been on the receiving end of several controversial calls so far this season, with Jordan Henderson deprived of a stoppage-time winner in the Merseyside Derby against Everton earlier in the campaign, and were dealt another blow as Pascal Gross levelled from the spot, while Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah saw goals disallowed.
VAR leaves Liverpool frustrated on the south coast
Neal Maupay squandered a golden opportunity to put Brighton ahead from the spot in the opening exchanges before Digoo Jota continued his fine form, weaving into the box from the left-hand side and guiding a driven shot into the bottom corner. It takes his tally to nine goals in 14 games for the Reds, equalling Robbie Fowler’s record for the fewest appearances (8) needed to score their first five Premier League goals in a Liverpool shirt.
However, Brighton snatched a late draw after Andy Robertson was deemed to have struck the foot of Danny Welbeck inside the area, with Pascal Gross making no mistake from the penalty spot to hold the Reds to a draw.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, the club captain spoke of the team’s frustrations following Saturday’s result: “Very frustrating, especially the way it’s happened in the last couple of minutes. Hard to take,” he said.
However, Henderson reiterated that Liverpool mustn’t feel sorry for themselves, instead harnessing their frustrations and moving on to the next match, with fixtures continuing to come thick and fast.
“It feels unfair at this moment in time and very frustrating, but you’ve got to move on and get on with it. That’s the decision that was made, even though I don’t think it was the right decision by a long way. But it is what it is. We move on and keep going.”
“I don’t think it affects us. If anything, it makes us stronger as a team. When you are going through difficult periods – whether that would be performance, results, whatever it is, and at this moment in time it’s probably injuries – it makes the group even more together and stronger.”
Injuries continue to mount for Klopp as Milner latest player to fall victim
Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered another injury loss at the weekend as James Milner appeared to pull up with what looked like a hamstring injury, meaning the veteran is now likely to join Naby Keita on the sidelines, with the Guinean midfielder also pulling up with a hamstring strain in the recent 3-0 win over Leicester. It means the manager’s options continue to be incredibly thin on the ground, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and summer signing Thiago not set to return for a number of weeks yet.
Speaking about the ongoing adversity thrown in Liverpool’s direction, the club captain said, “We just need to adapt and give everything for the games coming up and try to recover and get players back fit as soon as possible.”
Liverpool face a crucial tie in the Champions League as they host Ajax on Tuesday evening, hoping to take a big step towards the knockout stages despite the club’s ongoing injury crisis, with Henderson likely to play a big part having made his return for the first time since the international break as a half-time substitute.