Virgil van Dijk defends Liverpool team-mate over mistake in Brighton draw


Virgil van Dijk has leapt to the defence of Alexis Mac Allister after a mix-up between the Liverpool pair gifted Brighton their opening goal on Sunday.

The Reds fell behind in the 20th minute at the Amex Stadium when Simon Adingra stole in to dispossess Mac Allister as he received a pass from Van Dijk. The Brighton star then let fire with a quick shot which rolled past Alisson's desperate attempts to save as he scrambled back towards his goal.

Liverpool managed to overturn their deficit as Mohamed Salah scored twice before the half-time break, only for Lewis Dunk's equaliser to ensure the spoils were shared. Speaking after the game, Van Dijk was keen to take his share of the blame and not leave Mac Allister solely at fault on his return to his old stomping ground.

"Obviously , it is not only him [Mac Allister]. It is me as well," Van Dijk insisted. "It is a risky ball and we try to play out from the back. These things happen and you get punished. The way we bounced back was a great reaction."

Salah pulled Liverpool back level after 40 minutes when good work from Harvey Elliott helped the Reds win the ball back high up the field before he dummied for his team-mate to slot the ball home.

Liverpool were then awarded a penalty when Dominik Szoboszlai was pulled down in the box by Pascal Gross, giving Salah the chance to double his tally from 12 yards. But while Liverpool looked in control for much of the match, they were undone by a set piece 12 minutes from time.

A whipped free-kick evaded several red shirts - including Andy Robertson who moved to clear the ball before deciding against it. Dunk was on hand behind him to apply the finish, but Van Dijk revealed Robertson's reasons for failing to make contact.

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