Rachel Furness headed a 92nd-minute equaliser as Liverpool ended their six-match losing run in a thriller at Brighton.
England newcomer Katie Robinson’s stunning long-range strike for the hosts was the pick of the goals as Elisabeth Terland and Danielle Carter also netted after Missy Bo Kearns’ opener for Liverpool during the first half.
Shanice van de Sanden’s half-time introduction proved a turning point for Liverpool, nodding in with 14 minutes remaining and setting up Furness’ last-gasp leveller.
In the 42nd match of the campaign, the first top-flight game of 2022-23 to end without a victory leaves Liverpool in 10th place, three points above bottom side Leicester.
Brighton are three points further clear in ninth and remain unbeaten in two matches under interim head coach Amy Merricks.
Van de Sanden sparks Reds on her return
With only one more goal than lowest WSL scorers Leicester at the start of the afternoon, Liverpool’s surrender of their lead within four minutes was a worrying blow for a team in search of their first points since their opening-day win over Chelsea.
Melissa Lawley showed vision and speed to break free inside the penalty area and fizz in an inviting delivery for Kearns to finish, providing a welcome addition to their total of three goals this season.
That meagre tally made it seem unlikely the visitors would find the firepower to end their miserable run once they had fallen two goals behind. But the entrance of substitute Van de Sanden proved pivotal on the Netherlands legend’s return from an achilles problem.
Former Brighton regular Emma Koivisto also went close for the Reds, who were denied by the crossbar as they avoided a third consecutive defeat in this fixture in dramatic fashion.
Matt Beard’s side now have the chance to move away from trouble when they visit Reading, who are level on points with them, on Thursday.
Robinson strike marks memorable week
Robinson, 20, will not forget the most memorable week of her career so far, playing a starring role as the Seagulls made it eight goals in two games since the 8-0 defeat to Tottenham that signalled the end of former manager Hope Powell’s reign in their previous home match.
Robinson’s impressive performances were rewarded by an England debut against Norway on Tuesday.
Merricks said in the build-up to this game that Robinson would be buoyed rather than distracted by her Lionesses bow, and the youngster’s challenging start to her senior career will surely enhance her mood.
After an ACL injury kept her out of the 2020-21 season, the former England youth international signed a new contract at Brighton, made her WSL debut and also had a loan spell at Charlton earlier this year.
The patience Robinson and her club showed has paid off, and her shot that looped over Eartha Cumings’ outstretched arm was as destined for the highlights reels as it was for the roof of the net.
- 18CarterSubstituted forBanceat 81′minutes
- 9LeeSubstituted forConnollyat 45′minutes
- 11TerlandSubstituted forFoxat 90+3′minutes
- 25FlahertyBooked at 53mins
- 5FaheySubstituted forWardlawat 69′minutesBooked at 87mins
- 28CampbellSubstituted forHollandat 38′minutes
- 2KoivistoSubstituted forRobertsat 90′minutes
- 7KearnsSubstituted forFurnessat 69′minutes
- 6MatthewsBooked at 56mins
- 20DanielsSubstituted forvan de Sandenat 45′minutes
- 19van de Sanden
- Abigail Byrne
Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 3, Liverpool Women 3.
Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion Women 3, Liverpool Women 3.
Attempt missed. Katie Stengel (Liverpool Women) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Melissa Lawley with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Liverpool Women. Conceded by Kayleigh Green.
Foul by Julia Olme (Brighton and Hove Albion Women).
Ceri Holland (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Jorja Fox replaces Elisabeth Terland.
Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion Women 3, Liverpool Women 3. Rachel Furness (Liverpool Women) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Shanice van de Sanden with a cross.
Attempt missed. Rachel Furness (Liverpool Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Taylor Hinds (Liverpool Women) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Rhiannon Roberts.
Substitution, Liverpool Women. Rhiannon Roberts replaces Emma Koivisto.
Charlotte Wardlaw (Liverpool Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Charlotte Wardlaw (Liverpool Women).
Julia Olme (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Elisabeth Terland (Brighton and Hove Albion Women) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Katie Robinson following a fast break.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion Women. Libby Bance replaces Danielle Carter.
Attempt saved. Rachel Furness (Liverpool Women) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Katie Stengel.
Offside, Liverpool Women. Taylor Hinds tries a through ball, but Melissa Lawley is caught offside.
Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion Women 3, Liverpool Women 2. Shanice van de Sanden (Liverpool Women) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emma Koivisto.
Attempt missed. Katie Stengel (Liverpool Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ceri Holland with a cross.