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Liverpool held by Sevilla on Champions League return

Liverpool’s first game in the Champions League since 2014 ended in a draw with Sevilla at Anfield.In a repeat of the 2016 Europa League final, which the Spaniards won in Basel, Argentine midfielder Joaquin Correa cut through the Liverpool defence and curled home a cool finish to clinch a point.It had taken Sevilla just five minutes to take the lead as Wissam Ben Yedder tapped in from close range after home defender Dejan Lovren fell over while trying to clear the ball.

Sadio Mane tested visiting goalkeeper Sergio Rico with a low drive as Liverpool looked to get back into the game, and they managed to do so when Roberto Firmino finished off a fine team move from close range.The five-time winners continued to push forward and were rewarded as Mohamed Salah’s strike looped in via a huge deflection off Simon Kjaer, but then Firmino, presented with the chance to give the home side breathing space, struck a penalty against the post.Georginio Wijnaldum came close with a low drive in the second half but the English side were punished for not adding to their advantage when they conceded with 18 minutes remaining.Luis Muriel could have won it for Sevilla in injury time, but shot wide from inside the box, before Reds defender Joe Gomez was dismissed for a second bookable offence.Midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who requested a transfer in the summer, made his first appearance of the season for Liverpool, coming on for Emre Can on 75 minutes.In the other Group F game, Maribor came from behind with five minutes remaining to draw 1-1 against Spartak Moscow.Relive Liverpool’s draw against SevillaFootball Daily: ‘Kane the most complete centre forward for some time’Defensive fragility costs RedsLiverpool have conceded eight goals in three league games so far this season, and their problems at the back were in evidence again at Anfield. They have now failed to keep a clean sheet in 11 of their past 12 Champions League contests.Manager Jurgen Klopp, a Champions League runner-up in charge of Borussia Dortmund in 2013, did not manage to address the side’s defensive issues in the summer, missing out on key target Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.The lack of understanding among the backline is further complicated by Klopp’s apparent indecision about his number one goalkeeper, alternating between Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius for the third straight game, with the German being handed a start this time.Sevilla’s opener came as their opponents failed to close them down on the edge of the box and the ball was played out wide to Sergio Escudero. The full-back drilled a low ball into the box, which Lovren made a hash of clearing, allowing Frenchman Ben Yedder an easy finish at the far post.For their second, Liverpool were slow to react to a quick throw as former Blackburn midfielder Steven N’Zonzi – an imposing presence for the away side – slipped the ball to Correa, who broke through Liverpool’s central defence and stroked in.To make matters worse, full-back Gomez will miss the next group game through suspension after being sent off in the 94th minute. Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo was also dismissed earlier in the evening for throwing the ball away when it went out of play.Coutinho welcomed back


Before the first round of games, an analytical study by statisticians Gracenote Sports suggested Liverpool had an 81% chance of progressing to the knockout stages – the highest of the six British teams in the competition.There is work to do now, however, as they failed to hold on to a lead and became the only English side on match day one not to win, amid comfortable victories for Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham.It could have been worse, too, after they fell behind early at Anfield, but the attacking potency of Firmino – four goals this season already – Salah (also four) and Mane (three), often proved too much for the La Liga side as the trio demonstrated their intelligence and speed of play to put the home side ahead and threaten to dominate the game.But Firmino’s first-half penalty miss – awarded after a tug by visiting captain Nicolas Pareja on Mane – was crucial. With it went the prospect of a two-goal cushion, and back came the old defensive doubts.Midfielder Coutinho returned to action for the first time since the club rejected three bids from Barcelona in the summer, and the Brazilian received a raucous ovation from the crowd, although he failed to make an impact in his 15 minutes on the pitch.Man of the match – Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla)


A draw does not feel good – KloppLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “It was pretty much a winning performance for 85-86 minutes and the team played well against a side who play well. We had answers for everything apart from the goals. I have to see them again. That is not the good thing. It was an exciting game from my side, everyone saw our desire and passion but we got a point.”We know we have to improve but there is so much potential and we can work with this. It is a draw – it does not feel too good but I am fine with big parts of the performance.”Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson: “We could have taken the three points with the chances we created in both halves but they got us on the counter-attack. We are disappointed not to take the points but the lads reacted well to the weekend [a 5-0 defeat at Manchester City]. We looked exciting and could have scored a few more goals.”We wanted to win the ball back quickly and get the crowd behind us. The lads reacted brilliantly to going behind and there are positives from the game.”What next?Liverpool host Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 15:00 BST), while Sevilla travel to Girona in La Liga on Sunday (kick-off 15:15 BST).Firmino off the spot – the statsLiverpool have only won one of their nine Champions League home games against Spanish opposition (drawn four, lost four).Mohamed Salah is the first Egyptian player to score on his Champions League debut for two sides (Basel and Liverpool).Roberto Firmino is the first Liverpool player to miss a penalty in the Champions League (excluding shootouts) since Steven Gerrard against Marseille in December 2007 (Gerrard scored from the rebound).Sevilla scored with both of their shots on target versus Liverpool. Joe Gomez is the fourth Liverpool player to be sent off in the Champions League after Lazar Markovic, Jermaine Pennant and Didier Hamann.Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsLiverpool1Karius12GomezBooked at 90mins32Matip6Lovren18MorenoBooked at 39mins23CanSubstituted forCoutinhoat 76’minutes14Henderson5Wijnaldum11SalahSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 89’minutes9Firmino19ManéSubstituted forSturridgeat 84’minutesSubstitutes7Milner10Coutinho15Sturridge17Klavan21Oxlade-Chamberlain22Mignolet26RobertsonSevilla1Rico25MercadoBooked at 35mins21Martín ParejaBooked at 42mins4Kjaer18Escudero14PizarroSubstituted forSarabiaat 45+1’minutes15N’Zonzi10BanegaBooked at 38mins16Jesús NavasSubstituted forCorchiaat 83’minutes9Ben YedderSubstituted forMurielat 69’minutes11CorreaSubstitutes2Corchia6Martins Carriço7Krohn-Dehli13Soria17Sarabia20Muriel22VázquezReferee:Danny MakkelieMatch StatsHome TeamLiverpoolAway TeamSevillaPossessionHome49%Away51%ShotsHome24Away7Shots on TargetHome7Away2CornersHome10Away3FoulsHome14Away9Live TextPosted at Match ends, Liverpool 2, Sevilla 2.Full TimePosted at 90’+5′ Second Half ends, Liverpool 2, Sevilla 2.Posted at 90’+4′ Attempt missed. Éver Banega (Sevilla) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.DismissalPosted at 90’+4′ Second yellow card to Joseph Gomez (Liverpool) for a bad foul.Posted at 90’+4′ Joaquín Correa (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 90’+4′ Foul by Joseph Gomez (Liverpool).Posted at 90’+3′ Attempt missed. Luis Muriel (Sevilla) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nico Pareja.Posted at 90’+3′ Attempt saved. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a cross.Posted at 90’+2′ Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Steven N’Zonzi.Posted at 90’+1′ Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Pablo Sarabia.SubstitutionPosted at 89′ Substitution, Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Mohamed Salah.Posted at 87′ Attempt missed. Joaquín Correa (Sevilla) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pablo Sarabia with a cross following a corner.Posted at 87′ Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Alberto Moreno.SubstitutionPosted at 84′ Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Sadio Mané.SubstitutionPosted at 83′ Substitution, Sevilla. Sébastien Corchia replaces Jesús Navas.Posted at 82′ Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 82′ Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).Posted at 79′ Foul by Pablo Sarabia (Sevilla).Posted at 79′ Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 79′ Attempt blocked. Pablo Sarabia (Sevilla) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 79′ Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Jordan Henderson.Posted at 78′ Attempt missed. Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a cross following a corner.Posted at 77′ Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Simon Kjaer.SubstitutionPosted at 76′ Substitution, Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho replaces Emre Can.Posted at 73′ Foul by Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla).Posted at 73′ Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.Goal!Posted at 72′ Goal! Liverpool 2, Sevilla 2. Joaquín Correa (Sevilla) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Luis Muriel.Posted at 71′ Pablo Sarabia (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 71′ Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liverpool).Posted at 70′ Éver Banega (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 70′ Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).SubstitutionPosted at 69′ Substitution, Sevilla. Luis Muriel replaces Wissam Ben Yedder.Posted at 69′ Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 69′ Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liverpool).Posted at 68′ Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Sergio Rico.Posted at 68′ Attempt saved. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.Posted at 67′ Hand ball by Jesús Navas (Sevilla).Posted at 65′ Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.Posted at 64′ Offside, Sevilla. Éver Banega tries a through ball, but Steven N’Zonzi is caught offside.BookingPosted at 64’ Joseph Gomez (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Show more updatesgoal
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