A beautiful sunset created the scene for what would be a tantalising fixture, Champions League football returning to Anfield. Liverpool got off to an electrifying start last night however, the home team’s greatest weakness had unveiled itself, as a low driven cross misjudged by Dejan Lovren lead to Sevilla’s opener.
Liverpool’s defence had looked nervous all night especially Lovren and the young Joe Gomez, the latter would go on to get sent off for a second yellow. Redemption for Alberto Moreno whose attacking play lead to the equaliser, his performance showing great improvement – but still not up to the required standard.
The Reds attacking was fluid as usual, and beautiful bit of pressing play led to Liverpool’s from Mohammed Salah, the Egyptian with his fourth goal in his 7th appearance. Sadio Mané, who is ineligible for the weekend’s Premier league game against Burnley, did well to win a penalty which was easily Liverpool’s best chance to make it 3-1 and perhaps secure the victory. But unfortunately, it rattled the woodwork as Roberto Firmino missed out on his second of the game, meaning Liverpool went into the break leading 2-1.
After the interval, it was rather disappointing from a Liverpool perspective. A drop-in energy was clear to see, the home side still lacking clear cut chances. The Merseyside club would go on to regret missing that spot kick as Sevilla equalised with exquisite attacking play from their young Argentine forward Joaquín Correa.
Enter Phillippe Coutinho, a man who has come under much question after attempting to force a move to Barcelona. The Brazilian seemed lazy, he had no desire to track back and the pace at which Liverpool played seemed to have decreased further. Liverpool’s defence came into further scrutiny yet again, conceding two goals from three attempts on target.
Jürgen Klopp’s side were lucky to have taken the point after the sending off of Joe Gomez and a near miss from Luis Muriel. His side may attack with fabulous style but there’s always a doubt around Liverpool’s backline and attempting to constantly out score teams, which will continue to haunt them if not changed.
Calm heads and good leadership are clearly absent costing the Reds once again.