Liverpool boss Klopp remains positive despite Sevilla draw

Joel Matip Emre Can make their way back to the halfway line following another City goal

Joel Matip Emre Can make their way back to the halfway line following another City goal

The Reds made a disappointing start to their Champions League group stage game following a 2-2 draw with Sevilla at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Sevilla's first, which came from Lovren's mistake, was just typical Liverpool in recent years.

Firmino struck the important equaliser after 21 minutes following an incisive attack and a Jordan Henderson pass which sent Alberto Moreno away down the left. "Players will always miss penalties". If the Reds are serious about making a challenge, they need to fix this issue soon.

Still, Liverpool went into the break having completed a turnaround and things weren't getting much better for Sevilla as the referee sent off their manager in the opening exchanges of the second-half.

So it is obvious that Liverpool created the better of the chances, but just did not take them, and when you have a defence like Liverpool do, you can not afford to be missing such clearcut opportunities. Tonight there was no magic, no zip to their play.

"All I do know is it is two teams who will both want to play well". Liverpool are on BT Sport 2, Tottenham on BT Sport 3 and Manchester City on BT Sport Showcase.

"I'm not sure if frustrated is the word, but it's not cool". Except against Sevilla, when the visitors had pulled it back to 2-2 and Liverpool were desperately chasing a winning goal that they so badly needed (and so richly deserved).

However, the Reds came roaring back, equalising through Firmino before Salah added a second, thanks to a big deflection off Simon Kjaer.

Out of six Premier League meetings between the two sides, the Reds have won five and the Clarets have won the remaining one. "We have to take the first 20 minutes of Saturday's game, and how we played before the worldwide break, and take it into the next game", said goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

His involvement in the first Liverpool goal was great. And despite his lack of match fitness fans have not overlooked Coutinho's quality, which has banked him a lot of credit over the last couple of seasons.

Klopp brought on substitute Philippe Coutinho for the final 15 minutes, his first game for the club since failing to engineer a move to Barcelona, but the Brazilian made little impact.

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