Liverpool were left frustrated at Brighton after a late VAR decision went against them and helped the hosts rescue a point.

Diogo Jota's ninth goal of the season had looked to give Liverpool all three points but the faintest of touches from Andy Robertson on Danny Welbeck - as well as a VAR replay - saw Brighton escape with a draw.

Here's how the national media reacted to the game.

VAR working too well as Liverpool suffer

Sunday Times

Jonathan Northcroft writes: "VAR is wrongly portrayed as an incompetent system, when the reverse is true — it works too well. It converts decisions previously made on the referee’s “feel” for the moment to ones of unbendable, forensic detail. Did Robertson’s boot make contact with Welbeck’s? Yes, and with VAR the reasoning ends there. Yet was that contact meaningful? Was it a touch, a brush, or something with the more forcible impact that we once understood to be necessary for a foul? Only the on-pitch referee, standing yards away from the incident, knows but VAR routinely overrules refs’ instincts.

"No Premier League team are suffering from that more than the champions. Eight decisions have gone against Liverpool after VAR review this season — twice as many as those next on the list, who are jointly Brighton, Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. Adding to Klopp’s angst was the fact he would have replaced Robertson had the five-substitutes rule he wants been in place. Robertson’s challenge on Welbeck was a tired one but Klopp had already made the three changes he is currently allowed, including the replacement of James Milner — who joined Liverpool’s long injury list with a hamstring strain. "

'Liverpool look worlds apart from last season'

Sunday Mirror

Alex Milne writes: "This was yet another Liverpool performance which looked worlds apart from their superb displays last season.

"Much of the talk will centre around the VAR decision to earn a penalty at the end, but the simple fact is Brighton were well worthy of a point.

"The Reds lack conviction going forward and look shaky at the back, and unless things improve dramatically soon they will really struggle to retain their Premier League title.

"Jurgen Klopp has a lot of thinking to do over the coming days to see how he can put things right as soon as possible."

"Welcome to football 2020"

The Observer

Barney Ronay writes: "Was it a clear and obvious error? Is anything clear right now? Andy Robertson went to punt the ball away, but ended up kicking Danny Welbeck’s foot as he nipped in. In slow motion it looked like a foul. Then again, the game is played at full speed and there was little Robertson could do to avoid making contact in what is, after all, a contact sport.

"Overall, it wasn’t so wrong as to be not right, and it wasn’t so right as to be clearly not wrong. Welcome to football, 2020, the age of studied imperfection. As Graham Potter offered afterwards: “Sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t.” Which doesn’t seem much different from where we started out.

"A point was enough to reinstall Liverpool at the top of the table. But Klopp’s suspicion the planets are arranged against him right now will have been confirmed. Liverpool scored one goal, had two chalked off by VAR, and were pegged back by that late video intervention, the penalty kick scored by Pascal Gross."

"Jurgen Klopp beaten by technology"

Sunday Telegraph

Jim White writes: "One thing we can be sure of: the Var team at Stockley Park will not be top of Jurgen Klopp’s Christmas card list. A hat trick of Var decisions went against his Liverpool at the Amex: two goals were struck off before an injury time face-saving penalty was awarded to Brighton. It was hard not to sympathise with the Liverpool boss as he sarcastically applauded the officials when the ball hit the back of the net. It may have been a draw, but this was a manager beaten by technology.

"Not that it should ever have come to this. The truth was Brighton should never have been in a position to require the intervention of the video monitor. Confronted by opponents with so many injuries Liverpool will soon need to requisition the local Nightingale Hospital to accommodate the wounded, Brighton had a golden opportunity chance to register their first victory over champions in 36 years. Or rather opportunities. At least half a dozen gilt-edged chances were squandered, including a wretchedly misdirected penalty kick early in the first half. "

"Klopp must be losing patience with Takumi Minamino"

Sunday Express

Stuart Ballard writes: "Minamino looked sensational for Red Bull Salzburg and his form in the first half of last season was a huge part of Liverpool paying his release clause.

"It's a low-risk transfer as he cost just £7.25million but Klopp could well be losing patience with the midfielder.

"He's provided just one assist in 25 appearances in all competitions.

"Klopp recently insisted Minamino's time will come at Anfield, but the performance against Brighton may well delay many more chances in the near future.

"Diogo Jota's impressive start to life on Merseyside has meant Minamino may have to settle for being pushed back into midfield more often."

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"An incident that wasn’t clear and obvious was forensically checked"

Sunday Independent

Melissa Reddy writes: "Saturday’s early kick off was pumped full of incidents: two disallowed goals, two spot-kicks - one of which was missed - and three muscle injuries.

"With a third game in the week, Jurgen Klopp had gambled with his selection against Atalanta in the Champions League - a fixture ceded 2-0 at Anfield - to hopefully bank a victory here.

"That was so close to being achieved until the 93rd minute, when an incident that wasn’t clear and obvious was forensically checked to give Brighton an opportunity to level matters."