Missed chances and poor defending are again the order of the day as Liverpool draw 2-2 in their Champions League Group E opener…
Liverpool produced a dominant first half performance on their return to the Champions League proper at Anfield on Wednesday night but ultimately failed to make it count.
Despite a Dejan Lovren blunder gifting Sevilla a 5th minute lead, the hosts were in scintillating form going forward during the opening exchanges and by half-time had turned their deficit into a 2-1 advantage through goals from Roberto Firmino, who also missed a penalty, and Mohamed Salah.
Not withstanding the spot-kick aberration, Liverpool’s lead should have been far greater at the interval as they continually failed to add the finishing touches to some breathtaking approach play.
Predictably Jürgen Klopp‘s side, which featured three changes from Saturday’s shock 5-0 defeat at Manchester City, were eventually made to pay for their profligacy by Joaquin Correa during a more subdued second half showing.
Not even the return of star man Philippe Coutinho as a 76th minute substitute could spark the Reds back into life and on another night they may even have ended up losing with Luis Muriel missing a good chance for the visitors in stoppage time.
The frustration of dropping two points at home to arguably their biggest rivals in the group was also compounded by the late dismissal of Joe Gomez for a second booking.
Evaluating a match in which Liverpool mustered 24 shots at goal to the visitors’ seven, of which both shots on target produced goals, Klopp understandably felt his side deserved more.
“I am happy about a big part of the game,” commented the German at his post-match press conference. “We tried to ignore the result of last weekend, but as we all know, we are human beings and that takes away confidence, and I saw we were really spot on from the first second, we played a good game.
“A lot of times when two good sides play each other then it’s kind of boring [but] I think this game today was the opposite. The main reason for this was the desire, the greed and the passion of my team, and all respect for Sevilla because they never gave up.
“They were lucky with the penalty for sure, maybe a second penalty [was] possible, [but] we had more chances and that’s important that we have chances, that we create.
“Even against a defensively really well organised side, we created a lot of chances – we didn’t use them, that’s the truth, but in football it’s really important you keep on going.
“There is a lot from this game on which we can build and that’s what we will try, of course.”
Liverpool return to Premier League action on Saturday when they welcome Burnley to Anfield for a 3pm BST kick-off.
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