Danny Murphy makes stark Andy Robertson VAR penalty claim after Liverpool draw at Brighton

Former Liverpool player and Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy was shaking his head in disbelief after Brighton's last gasp penalty against Liverpool at the Amex Stadium.

Liverpool's Adny Robertson makes his feelings known after Brighton's late penalty at the Amex Stadium
Liverpool's Adny Robertson makes his feelings known after Brighton's late penalty at the Amex Stadium

Brighton were 1-0 down and seconds away from a home loss when Liverpool defender Andy Robertson kicked Danny Welbeck's foot in the penalty area.

Referee Stuart Attwell awarded the penalty in the 93rd minute after viewing the pitch-side screen and Brighton's Pascal Gross slammed home the spot kick to make it 1-1.

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It was Brighton's second penalty after Neal Maupay previously fired a first-half spot-kick wide.

The Reds had a tough afternoon with VAR as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both had goals chalked-off for offside.

Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson and veteran James Milner were highly critical of the video interference and Murphy sympathised.

“I don’t want to see penalties given for this in any game," Murphy said to Gary Lineker on MOTD.

"Now, what we are talking about here is a clear and obvious decision being changed, as that wasn’t given as a penalty.

“Was it clear and obvious? No.”

Murphy also sided with Henderson that VAR is spoiling the game and should be scrapped.

“I have agreed with Jordan Henderson for a long time, get rid of it," he said.

Brighton more than deserved their point against a depleted Liverpool team who were beaten in midweek against Atalanta in the Champions League.

Albion held their own against the Premier League champions and had Maupay converted his spot kick and Aaron Connolly netted a first half one-one with Allison, they could easily have claimed all three points.

“They played well in the first half," said Murphy. "What they did was turn Liverpool round early, a lot, and had runners high up the pitch," said Murphy.

“They tweaked it in the second half, I don’t know why.

“But Liverpool changed it at half time, bringing on [Jordan] Henderson to hold because they were struggling a little bit in that area and try to steady the ship. They were better defensively, got into the game, and grew into the game and got a great goal from Jota.”

Micah Richards was also on pundit duty for MOTD and highlighted a previously penalty awarded to Liverpool's Salah against West Ham after a challenge from Arthur Masuaku earlier this month.

“If you are going to give this Mohamed Salah penalty against West Ham, which was given, and that is not a clear and obvious penalty, that is the whole problem with it," he said.

“It is ridiculous. It is not clear and obvious. But I suppose it has to be given for consistency.”