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'We have to be positive' - Sadio shares CL confidence

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 23:22

Sadio Mane insists Liverpool's confidence in the Champions League should not be dented by the 2-2 draw with Sevilla on Wednesday night.

With more than three-quarters of the tie at Anfield played, the Reds were on course for victory after Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah overturned an early concession.

The Spanish side secured a point when Joaquin Correa broke through and hit the target in the second half, however.

But with five matchdays remaining in Group E, Mane’s belief in his team’s capabilities is undiminished.

“We have to be positive – it’s the first game,” the No.19, who will not feature again until Liverpool’s second Champions League fixture at Spartak Moscow due to a domestic ban, told ITV.

“We have everything to qualify. We’ll prepare for the next game and why not win all [of the rest]? We have a great team and great quality in the team.”

LFCTV GO: The 2-2 draw in 90 seconds

Jürgen Klopp’s men certainly showed their attacking prowess after falling behind to Sevilla, and would have extended their lead had Firmino’s penalty – won by Mane – not hit the post.

The Senegal international echoed the comments of several teammates in suggesting that Liverpool merited more than a point, though retained his positive outlook for the campaign ahead.

“I think we deserved to win. We created many chances and scored two goals,” he added.

“At 2-1 it was done, but at 2-2 the game became more difficult. Sevilla are one of the big teams in Spain. We have to work hard and prepare for the next games.”

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31 photos from Melwood: Reds begin Burnley preparations

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 20:14

Liverpool began preparations for the weekend meeting with Burnley by training at Melwood on Thursday afternoon.

Having taken a point from their 2-2 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League, attention has immediately turned to the resumption of Premier League duties.

Take a look at how the Reds started their build-up for the visit of the Clarets this Saturday with our gallery from the training ground below.

Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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Liverpool Ladies sign U23 international Bethany England on loan

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 16:00

Liverpool Ladies have completed the loan signing of England U23 international Bethany England.

Reds manager Scott Rogers has acquired the services of the versatile 23-year-old from Chelsea Ladies for the 2017-18 season.

England, an attacking midfielder who is also capable of playing as a striker, came through the ranks at Doncaster Rovers Belles before joining Chelsea Ladies in 2016.

On making the move to Liverpool Ladies, she said: "This is a fantastic move for me and I cannot wait to get started.

"The squad at Liverpool Ladies is a young, ambitious squad and I am really confident that we can have a successful season.

"I am at an age now where I want to be playing more regularly, so this move is a really exciting one and I am already looking forward to the Merseyside derby on September 22."

Ladies manager Rogers said: "Bethany is an extremely talented player who is very creative and will no doubt add more goals to our team.

"The fact that she has already played in the FA WSL1 is a big bonus as she won’t need much time settling in and I believe she will be a key player for us this season.

"Quite a few clubs enquired about signing Bethany so we are absolutely delighted that she has chosen to sign for Liverpool Ladies.

"I am really confident that she will be a fantastic addition to our squad and will help make us even more of a threat going forward."

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Gerrard applauds U19s: 'We made it so tough for Sevilla'

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 15:08

Steven Gerrard declared himself a very happy coach after seeing his U19 side produce a superb display to beat Sevilla 4-0 in their opening UEFA Youth League game at Prenton Park.

Scouser Curtis Jones bagged a double, with Herbie Kane and Conor Masterson also among the goals, and the former Liverpool captain was delighted with the way his team executed their game plan against the Spanish outfit.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything more really in terms of what the players gave the club and the game plan myself, Neil Critchley and the staff asked them to carry out, and they took it out perfect,” Gerrard told Liverpoolfc.com.

“I thought we were very aggressive without the ball, we were very compact and difficult to play against.

“The energy, the pace and the quality we had on the break was fantastic to see and at the other end we kept a clean sheet. Our goalkeeper had to make a couple of good stops but I thought it was a terrific all-round performance.

“I bet you if you asked Sevilla’s players at the end of the game how that went they would say it was hell for them!”

LFCTV GO: The best of the 4-0 win in 90 seconds

Throughout the 90 minutes, the pressing of the players and their speed on the counter-attack was very much reminiscent of Jürgen Klopp’s first team.

Gerrard added: “Everyone looks up to the first team in terms of players and staff and we do try and emulate them in certain areas, but you’ve also got to take into consideration these are young lads and they are not ready to do what first-team players do just yet, and that’s the reason why they are still here [at the Academy].

“But the amount of talent and energy [we showed] and how lethal and deadly we were on the counter-attack, we knew we had that in the team before the game, and that’s the reason we had a game plan of trying to get them to pass through the middle of us.

“We knew we would win the ball back in really good areas and with the likes of Rhian Brewster, Ben Woodburn, Curtis Jones and Liam Millar on the break we knew we were going to hurt them.”

With an away trip to Russia to face Spartak Moscow next up for the young Reds on September 26, Gerrard is refusing to get carried away in terms of what his group can achieve in the UEFA Youth League this season.

“It’s early days,” he said.

“All it is at the moment is it’s a very good start, a very positive clean sheet, and we are scoring goals heavily.

“The challenge now for the players is can we build on it, can we take all the positives from this one into our next game?

“The good thing is we’ve got a strong bench and we’ve got players coming back pushing for places and that can only be healthy.

“The players who had the first XI shirts [against Sevilla] did everything they can to keep hold of them, so myself and Neil have got some big decisions to make moving forward.”

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Salah nominated for Champions League Player of the Week

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 14:12

Mohamed Salah has been nominated for the UEFA Champions League Player of the Week award.

The Liverpool forward earned a spot in the eight-man shortlist for his display in the Group E clash with Sevilla at Anfield on Wednesday night, which included a deflected goal during the 2-2 draw.

Salah is up against Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

Click here to vote for the Reds No.11 now.

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Video: Jones at the double as U19s beat Sevilla in UYL

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 12:17

Curtis Jones netted twice as Liverpool U19s beat Sevilla 4-0 in the UEFA Youth League at Prenton Park on Wednesday, and LFCTV GO subscribers can now watch the best of the action in 90 seconds.

Steven Gerrard's side were full value for their victory and made the perfect start in this European competition as Herbie Kane and Conor Masterson were also on the mark.

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Photos: Joy for Steven Gerrard as U19s put Sevilla to the sword

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 12:05

Liverpool U19s produced an outstanding display in putting Sevilla to the sword 4-0 in the UEFA Youth League at Prenton Park on Wednesday afternoon.

With Ben Woodburn awarded the captain's armband, the Wales international was an inspirational figure as Steven Gerrard's side made the perfect start.

Curtis Jones netted twice, with Herbie Kane and Conor Masterson also on the mark.

Check out our match gallery below.

Photos by Nick Taylor.

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Loris Karius: Lessons to be learned, positives to be taken

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 10:56

Loris Karius believes there are both lessons to be learned and positives to be taken from Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Reds kicked off the group stage of the tournament with a point in a game they perhaps could feel as though they should have taken all three from given their tally of 24 attempts at goal to their opponents’ seven.

Nevertheless, it was Sevilla who took the lead after just five minutes when Wissam Ben Yedder nudged in from close range, but Jürgen Klopp’s men struck back via efforts from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

Firmino also cannoned a penalty against the post before half-time, and the visitors held out to eventually claim a share of the spoils when Joaquin Correa netted as the contest entered its final quarter.

Karius told Liverpoolfc.com afterwards: “After the game, it’s hard to say how we didn’t win it. We had a lot of chances; even after the shock in the first few minutes with the goal, we were in the game well. We had the penalty as well.

“It’s just one of those days and I don’t know why we didn’t win it, it’s hard to explain. We were by far the better team, so it’s really disappointing.

“That’s how football is. We were really good in the game but twice we weren’t really ready at 100 per cent in the situation and they were ice-cold in front of goal, so fair play to them. I don’t think they wanted to create much more because they were happy with the result.

“We knew before the game they are a really tough opponent, a clever team, but it’s still really disappointing. We have to work on a few little things. Offensively we were really good and created a lot of chances, we could have scored more, but there are a few things we can work on.”

LFCTV GO: Karius reflects on Reds' draw with Sevilla

On the night Champions League football returned to Anfield, Liverpool were breathless at times offensively, particularly in the opening 45 minutes when they responded to falling behind by applying speedy attacking surges forward to Sevilla’s rearguard time and time again.

“We have a lot of speed up front with Sadio and Mo, and even the players that come in now – we have a quality bench,” Karius reflected. “Everyone has the highest quality.

“We were just unlucky, Bobby hit the post and that can happen – you can’t score every penalty, so it was just unlucky. Then there were two or three other chances where a foot came in [to block] or the goalkeeper saved it. We can take positive things from that.”

On a personal level, it was Karius’ second start between the sticks for Liverpool in their last three matches.

The German admits he was pleased to get the opportunity and is hopeful his hard work in training will result in further chances to don the gloves, though appreciates he faces tough competition from Simon Mignolet and Danny Ward.

He said: “It’s an interesting situation with three good goalkeepers, which can only be good for the club. We try to do our best every single day in training and in the games. I’m happy I got to play [against Sevilla] and I’m hoping I get more games, of course. I try to prepare well in training and then be ready when I’m called upon.

“I had a little setback in pre-season with an injury that took me out for a week or so, but I try to train well, stay focused and that’s all you can do. It’s up to the manager anyway, you don’t decide yourself as a player. All you can do is concentrate on your work and that’s what I’ve done.”

Watch: Highlights of LFC 2-2 Sevilla

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Champions League 13th September 2017

ALL THE ACTION

LFC v Sevilla: 90 Seconds

Watch key highlights from the Reds' Champions League opener against Sevilla

13th Sep 2017

1:30 mins

Correa levels it up for Sevilla

Joaquin Correa takes a sublime first touch before slotting home the equaliser for Sevilla

13th Sep 2017

0:58 mins

Salah's shot is deflected in for 2-1

Mo Salah wins the ball back for the Reds before firing home with the help of a deflection from Simon Kjaer

13th Sep 2017

1:33 mins

Alberto Moreno sets Firmino up for an equaliser

Firmino levels up for Liverpool due to some good work down the left by Alberto Moreno

13th Sep 2017

1:08 mins

Ben Yedder pokes home the opener for Sevilla

The visitors take the lead through Wissam Ben Yeder early in the game

13th Sep 2017

1:12 mins

An expert eye on Sevilla

From last week's LFC World, Spanish football expert Rob Palmer takes a look at the Reds' first Champions League opponents, Sevilla

12th Sep 2017

4:48 mins

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INTERVIEWS & ANALYSIS

Klopp reflects on Sevilla draw

The boss reflects on his side's Champions League draw against Sevilla at Anfield

13th Sep 2017

8:19 mins

Karius: It's hard to explain how we didn't win

Loris Karius reflects on the Reds' draw with Sevilla in the Champions League

13th Sep 2017

3:15 mins

LFC v Sevilla: Extended post match analysis

Gary Gillespie and Mark Lawrenson join Mark Benstead to reflect on the Reds' Champions League draw against Sevilla

13th Sep 2017

9:09 mins

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Klopp's pre-Sevilla press conference | Sadio, Salah and Coutinho updates

Watch as the Reds boss addresses the media ahead of the visit of Sevilla

12th Sep 2017

10:33 mins

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Team news including an update on Salah missing training

Jürgen Klopp gives an update on the squad situation ahead of the game against Sevilla at Anfield

12th Sep 2017

0:56 mins

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Karius set to start against Sevilla

Jürgen Klopp confirms Loris Karius is expected to start for the Reds in their Champions League opener against Sevilla

12th Sep 2017

0:17 mins

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Gomez on Champions League, Trent and Spanish heritage

Watch as Joe Gomez speaks to the media ahead of the Reds' Champions League opener against Sevilla

12th Sep 2017

4:10 mins

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Jürgen Klopp's verdict on Sevilla draw

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 00:57

Jürgen Klopp admitted to feeling disappointed after a late Sevilla equaliser denied Liverpool all three points in their opening Champions League group game, but the boss insisted his side will learn from Wednesday's 2-2 draw.

The Reds dominated large parts of the game at Anfield, with goals from Roberto Firmino - who then struck the post with a penalty shortly before half-time - and Mohamed Salah putting them ahead at the break following Wissam Ben Yedder's early opener.

Joaquin Correa's 72nd-minute leveller snatched a share of the spoils for Sevilla, though, leaving Klopp to reflect on an opportunity missed by Liverpool to get their Group E campaign up and running with a win.

Read on for a transcript from the manager's post-match press conference...

On whether he feels frustrated to have been held to a draw…

That’s how it is - it’s a results game, they scored twice, we scored twice, so then it’s a draw. Frustrated? I’m not sure about this word but I’m not happy of course about this, but I am happy about a big part of the game. 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.

Watch: The 2-2 Champions League draw in 90 seconds

On whether finishing is becoming a problem for his side…

If we shoot that often and don’t score then probably it is a problem, but I don’t think it will be like this. In a game like this, usually you score more often than we did tonight, so nobody should rely on this that we try that often and don’t score. The most important thing in football is creating chances and we did that in different situations. I know a lot of people will say it was counter-attack and yes, a few chances we had were after counter-attacks. Could we have scored? Yes, but we didn’t. We know we have to improve on this, but it’s not an illness that you can change it. We will work on this like we work on other parts of our game, for sure.

On whether intensity levels of the Reds' performance dipped in the second half…

It’s an intense time for us. We have a lot of games and we had a bad game a few days ago. It was not actually the plan that we say we do not this or that anymore [in the second half], but it’s kind of normal that you do things like this. It was very intense from our side what we did in the first half, and it’s normal you have this little break. As long as nothing happens in the game you can use this time still to control the game, then you score in other moments. For sure, that’s another thing where we can improve, 100 per cent, but it’s more likely you will see two halves like the second half than you see two halves like the first half because that was absolutely exceptional, but we are able to do this much longer than we did tonight.

Until they scored the second goal we controlled the game, so that’s also mature and something really important, especially with a few more games in the next few weeks. A few players could not keep the level from the first half, so I don’t think it was not a physical thing, it was kind of concentration. We are still in a process and we have to learn this. That’s my job, I see it and then I have to take the information and work with the information. It’s one of the parts we will talk about.

On whether he needed to lift his team after the game...

I have not a lot of time after the game. You [have] me pretty early after the game, I have a lot of interviews to give. It's not a time to lift them up, or whatever. [The feeling is] disappointment, it’s frustration, it’s completely normal but that’s fair. We are responsible for the very, very, very good parts in the game and we are also responsible for the not so good parts. That means you have to take it and have to use it. That means you have to feel disappointed after games like this; it's not that I come in and say, 'Come on, don't worry, what a really good game whatever they said outside!' That’s not how it works, you need to learn sometimes, you need the right emotion after you tried a lot.

I'm not sure we tried everything, but we tried a lot and didn’t get all the three points in this specific case. We don't have time to be disappointed or frustrated for long but, one night, it’s no problem. Tomorrow, we start preparing for Burnley on the basis of the game today, that's how it is. Like I said, [we did] a lot of good things and a few not so good things. If we win tonight 4-0, which probably would have been possible, everybody thinks we are flying and that's the perfect reaction to the last game and now we're the big favourite for the group. But it always will be hard work in the Champions League and tonight we were ready for this hard work but we didn’t get the full package, that’s how it is. Now we have to work with this basis, and that's absolutely possible.

On the home fans' warm reception for Philippe Coutinho, who came off the bench late on...

Phil trained in the last few days really, really well but tonight a few situations were not too lucky and he was without rhythm. But it helped him he could play tonight and it helped us in the long term, for sure, so all OK. 

On the causes of Sevilla's goals...

The first goal starts in a situation in the midfield when we can shoot the ball easily away. Emre is a little bit late in the situation, that's the first moment I realise something will happen. Until then, it was a nothing situation. That’s a press ball, in the half-space on the left-hand side, and in the end, I think it was through the legs of Dejan, I don't know exactly how it was. That's not, in the end, perfectly defended but I have to see it again. It's, of course, concentration, it's nothing else in this situation. We started the game how I thought we could - kind of dominant, played football, kind of good moments and that was pretty much their first offensive situation and then they scored. That’s a mixture of being a little bit unlucky and being through the wind - how we say in Germany.

But then you got it and then you have to react, and we reacted. We kept on playing football and that’s very, very important. I know here, you're always looking for this thing, so the defence was always something we were talking about - [we] didn’t sign this or that and all that stuff. But, if these problems would have been sorted with one player, you could imagine we would put all our money in and say, 'Come on, let's do this'. It's not about this, it's kind of this being dominant and losing a little bit the grip on the game. That's all space for improvement for all of us. We need to learn to be dominant and not to give easy goals away and the first one was, for sure, not necessary and too easy. The second, I have absolutely no clue how they came through that, to be honest, I have to see that again. It's not a general defending problem but we have to improve, 100 per cent.

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Hendo: There are positives, but we should have got three points

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 00:48

Jordan Henderson admitted his disappointment that Liverpool's attacking efforts were not sufficient to take three points against Sevilla at Anfield.

The Reds recovered from an early concession in their opening tie of Champions League Group E to lead by half-time, with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah on the scoresheet.

Firmino knocked a penalty onto the right post shortly before the interval as the home side looked to put the match beyond the Spanish visitors, but Joaquin Correa punished their profligacy to make it 2-2 in the second half – and that is how it finished.

“We could have taken three points with the chances we created in both halves. They have got us twice on a little bit of a counter-attack,” Henderson told BT Sport.

“We’re disappointed not to take three points. But I thought the lads reacted well after the weekend, put in a good shift and going forward we looked exciting and could have scored a few more goals.”

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Jürgen Klopp’s team shook off Saturday’s result at Manchester City and the fifth-minute strike by Wissam Ben Yedder to again exhibit flashes of brilliant forward play in the opening 45 minutes.

Henderson feels Liverpool can be satisfied by that aspect of the contest but was ultimately frustrated to come away with just a point.

The captain added: “We wanted to win the ball back quickly and get the crowd behind us. I felt we did that. The lads reacted brilliantly to come back and score a couple of goals, and we could have scored the penalty as well.

“Overall, there are still a lot of positives to come out of the game but we’re disappointed we haven’t taken the three points.”

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Community activities mark Champions League return to Anfield

Thu, 14/09/2017 - 00:12

A number of community activities took place at Anfield on Wednesday night as Liverpool began the Champions League group stage with a 2-2 draw against Sevilla.

Thirty children from local community groups and schools from in and around Anfield - including Liverpool Lighthouse, Walton Community Police and Alsop High School - had the honour of taking to the pitch to wave the UEFA Champions League flag before kick-off.

The club’s chief executive officer, Peter Moore, called in to meet with LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours guests, who were invited from Foundation programmes, local community centres and schools to watch the match from a partner-donated hospitality box in the Main Stand.

A further 75 local fans were also given free tickets to enjoy hospitality in the Anfield Beat lounge thanks to donations from club partner Thomas Cook Sport.

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In pictures: A point for Liverpool as CL campaign begins

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 23:45

Liverpool had to settle for a point from their Champions League Group E opener against Sevilla at Anfield.

The Reds fell behind in the fifth minute when Wissam Ben Yedder was afforded a tap-in from close range.

But a strong response saw Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah hit the target at the other end, with the former also sending a penalty onto the right post before the interval.

The Spaniards were not finished, however, and Joaquin Correa struck in the second half to leave the sides with one point apiece from a 2-2 draw.

See the story of the game in photographs below.

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Match report: Reds held by Sevilla in Champions League opener

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 23:39

Liverpool began their Champions League group stage campaign with a 2-2 draw with Sevilla at Anfield on Wednesday.

Goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, which came in reply to Wissam Ben Yedder’s early opener, ensured the Reds went in 2-1 to the good after a breathless first half that also featured a missed penalty by Firmino.

It appeared that Jürgen Klopp’s side were on their way a win on matchday one, but Joaquin Correa’s 72nd-minute strike snatched a point for Sevilla.

Key points

  • Ben Yedder put Sevilla ahead in the fifth minute
  • Firmino equalised 16 minutes later
  • Salah’s deflected shot gave Liverpool the lead before the break
  • Firmino missed a penalty late in the first half
  • Correa levelled with 18 minutes left to play
  • Philippe Coutinho came on as a substitute soon after
  • Joe Gomez dismissed for second bookable offence in injury time

Team news

Klopp made three changes to his starting line-up, with Loris Karius, Dejan Lovren and Gomez coming into his team. Coutinho came off the bench in the 76th minute for his first appearance of the season.

First half

Roared on by a vociferous home crowd, the Reds began on the front foot and Emre Can tested Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico inside the first minute with a long-range curler.

However, the visitors’ first foray forward towards the Kop ended with them taking the lead through Ben Yedder, who converted Sergio Escudero’s low cross from close range.

Liverpool responded positively to that early setback, though.

Within four minutes of the opening goal, Georginio Wijnaldum had seen a shot deflected wide, Rico had got down well to deny Sadio Mane and Firmino had planted a header onto the roof of the net.

That initial wave of pressure subsided, but a moment of real quality drew Klopp’s team level in the 21st minute.

Alberto Moreno played a sharp one-two with Jordan Henderson and fed Firmino with an excellent delivery from the byline, with the Brazilian nonchalantly side-footing home from no more than six yards.

Anfield reverberated with noise and Can went so close to making it 2-1 almost immediately, the German dragging a shot wide following the kind of lightning-quick counter-attack that is fast becoming a hallmark of this Liverpool team.

But, shortly before the interval, the Reds were in front.

After losing possession, Salah quickly won the ball back from Steven N’Nonzi and tried his luck from distance, with his effort looping up off Simon Kjaer and over the stranded Rico.

It could have been even better for Liverpool before half-time, too, but Firmino struck the outside of the post with his penalty after Nicolas Pareja had felled Mane in the area before Rico palmed away Moreno’s attempt after another rapid break. 

Second half

Understandably, the frantic tempo of the first period abated a little in the early stages of the second half.

Nevertheless, it was the hosts who still looked the most likely scorers and Rico had to be alert to tip Salah’s ambitious volley wide before Mane curled a left-footed attempt over the bar.

Wijnaldum then tested Rico with a stinging 20-yard drive, but Sevilla drew level 18 minutes from time when Correa finished smartly after collecting Luis Muriel’s pass.

That was Klopp’s cue to call for Coutinho, and the Brazilian came on to a loud welcome from the home faithful.

Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were also introduced as Klopp went in search of a late winner, but the Reds - who were reduced to 10 men in stoppage time when Gomez received a second booking - were forced to settle for a point in their Group E opener.

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Recap: Liverpool 2-2 Sevilla - how it happened at Anfield

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 21:43

Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw in their opening Champions League group-stage fixture by Sevilla at Anfield. Wissam Ben Yedder put the Spanish team in front after just five minutes, before Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah responded for the Reds, with the former also missing a penalty.

Jürgen Klopp's side continued to create chance after chance in the second half, but Sevilla took a point when Joaquin Correa netted towards the end. The hosts also had Joe Gomez dismissed in stoppage-time for a second yellow card.

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LIVE: Liverpool 2-2 Sevilla - follow the action at Anfield

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 21:43

Team news

Changes may be afoot in the manager's starting XI this evening.

Loris Karius is set to be in goal, Klopp confirmed at his media briefing on Tuesday, while Mohamed Salah is expected to be fit despite missing training with illness.

The boss also explained that Philippe Coutinho is 'fit and healthy' but stopped short of revealing whether the Brazilian will feature against Sevilla.

We'll have the line-up for you before anywhere else from 6.30pm BST.

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LIVE: Liverpool 2-1 Sevilla - follow the action at Anfield

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 21:43

Team news

Changes may be afoot in the manager's starting XI this evening.

Loris Karius is set to be in goal, Klopp confirmed at his media briefing on Tuesday, while Mohamed Salah is expected to be fit despite missing training with illness.

The boss also explained that Philippe Coutinho is 'fit and healthy' but stopped short of revealing whether the Brazilian will feature against Sevilla.

We'll have the line-up for you before anywhere else from 6.30pm BST.

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U19s thrash Sevilla to make winning start in UYL

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 20:54

Liverpool U19s made a winning start to their UEFA Youth League campaign on Wednesday, beating Sevilla 4-0 at Prenton Park.

Curtis Jones' first-half double, netted either side of a Herbie Kane strike, gave Steven Gerrard's team a commanding half-time lead at the home of Tranmere Rovers.

And they added to it through Conor Masterson in the second period, putting the gloss on a fine performance in their first European outing of the season.

Gerrard was able to call upon two players who regularly train alongside the senior team in Ben Woodburn and Rhian Brewster, the pair featuring in a strong starting XI on the Wirral. 

But that extra firepower counted for little in an evenly matched opening 20 minutes that saw both sides fluff one-on-one opportunities.

The first of those fell to Liam Millar, who did well to battle his way into the box but couldn't beat Alfonso Pastor Vacas. Luis Garcia Martinez, meanwhile, did not even test the 'keeper when he found space inside the Liverpool box.

However, those errant finishes were no sign of what was to come, with Liverpool stepping things up significantly to blow their opponents away before the break.

Woodburn proved key to the first, the young Welshman bursting down the right and sending in a cross that goalkeeper Pastor Vacas could only touch into the path of Jones, who did the rest.

A fine Kamil Grabara save from Javi Vazquez followed immediately, but the Reds were soon back up the other end doubling their lead.

On this occasion it was Kane who added his name to the scoresheet, the midfielder benefiting from Millar's incredible dribbling run off the left wing, finishing up after the Canadian's initial effort was stopped on the line.

And by the time the whistle sounded for half-time, the hosts had a three-goal advantage. 

Jones again was the recipient of some good fortune in the ball falling to him but the Scouser still had some work to do in directing the ball home. 

Sevilla provided a sterner test in the opening exchanges of the second half, the Spaniards clearly having been told to close space and prevent the Reds adding to their tally.

But they were undone again just past the hour mark as defender Masterson brilliantly controlled Woodburn's free-kick delivery on his chest before producing a centre-forward's finish to make it 4-0.

The Reds subsequently saw off a late Sevilla push for a consolation to add a clean sheet to a pleasing victory.

Liverpool U19s: Grabara, Coyle, Lewis, Masterson, Johnston, Kane (Adekanye, 60), Jones, Tagseth, Brewster (McAuley, 88), Woodburn, Millar (Camacho, 71).

Unused subs: B.Williams, R.Williams, Hunter, Longstaff.

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Sevilla

Wed, 13/09/2017 - 20:28

Jürgen Klopp has made three changes to his Liverpool line-up for the Champions League tie with Sevilla this evening.

Joe Gomez, Loris Karius and Dejan Lovren come into the team – replacing Trent Alexander-Arnold, Simon Mignolet and Ragnar Klavan – for the opening match of Group E at Anfield. 

On the bench, meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho is named among the substitutes, as is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Liverpool team: Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Firmino.

Substitutes: Mignolet, Milner, Coutinho, Sturridge, Klavan, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Robertson.

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