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Potter lauds Brighton ‘intensity’ as Seagulls fight back to snatch Anfield draw

Graham Potter Brighton

Brighton manager Graham Potter has praised his team’s ‘intensity’ and ‘resilience’ after they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Liverpool.

The Seagulls looked set for a long afternoon when Jordan Henderson opened the scoring four minutes in. He swept home from the edge of the box after being played in by the in-form Mo Salah.

Jurgen Klopp’s men doubled their lead 20 minutes later. Sadio Mane converted an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cross from close range.

The forward thought he had secured a brace when he blocked a Robert Sanchez clearance from just yards out. But the goal was ruled out due to handball.

Brighton pulled one back shortly before the break. Summer signing Enock Mwepu caught Alisson out with a looping shot from long range.

Their comeback was completed in the 65th minute as Belgium international Leandro Trossard finished off a swift attacking move.

Speaking to the press after the match (via the BBC), Potter said: “It’s a fantastic performance, the players deserve all the credit.

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“They’ve played with such courage and intensity, it was a fantastic game of football. Both teams went at it, we were toe-to-toe. It’s a point for us and a performance we can build on.

“It could have been 3-0 but instead it was 2-1. Those little things need to go your way, but I think our second goal was really well worked. You could tell the crowd was frustrated and that’s a sign of how well we were playing.

“It’s a fantastic game of football against a wonderful opponent. We’re happy with a point, delighted with the performance.

“There’s a nice belief in the team, a nice togetherness and resilience. They believe in each other. I’m really pleased because they put so much into that game today.”

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“Almost feels like a win” – Trossard

Goalscorer Leandro Trossard also spoke to the press, saying: “I think we started off poor in the first half but after they scored their second we came back into it.

“We got our goal and believed a lot more. What a good game, we could have won it as well, it’s such fine margins but we’re really happy with a draw.

“You come to Anfield, any point you can take off them feels really good.

“We had fighting spirit. It was such a big game for us so to get the draw here almost feels like a win. We need to keep building on this, I think we’ve been brilliant.”