Jack Hallows rates the Liverpool FC players after a calamitous second half collapse in Spain saw the Reds squander a three goal lead.
Loris Karius: 5 – Made one superb save in the first half to tip an effort onto the post and couldn’t really do much about Sevilla’s first two goals. Was poor for the eventual equaliser however, diving over the ball.
Joe Gomez: 6.5 – Not one of his best performances in a Liverpool shirt but he was far from the worst player on the pitch.
Dejan Lovren: 7 – Sounds crazy doesn’t it? That Liverpool would concede three goals and Lovren be the best of the defence.
The Croatian made no mistakes of note and was as much of a rock as he possibly could be both in the air and along the ground for much of the game. Let down by his team mates.
Ragnar Klavan: 6 – Was solid enough during the first hour or so and did his best to keep cool as other unravelled around him. Could perhaps have done better to clear the corner for the third.
Alberto Moreno: 3 – Started strongly and looked good for much of the first half of the game but unfortunately the Jekyll and Hyde nature of his game surfaced big time after the break.
Conceded the free kick from which the first was scored – by Ben Yedder who got the jump on him at the near post – before giving away a soft penalty for the second. This performance shouldn’t be allowed to undo all of his good work so far this season but it was certainly a reminder of what will likely always lurk beneath the surface of the Spaniard’s game.
Jordan Henderson: 4 – Pressed well in the first half and played Firmino through with a sumptuous through ball that the Brazilian probably should’ve finished.
Those things aside however, it was a nightmare evening for the captain. The Englishman was ponderous and poor in possession and made far too many errors in a vital position in the Reds’ system.
Gini Wijnaldum: 4.5 – Like Henderson, Gini bullied the Sevilla midfield in the press during the first half and assisted Firmino’s first with a flick on but as things started to fall apart around him he performed his usual vanishing act.
Philippe Coutinho: 7 – Another solid display from the Brazilian who picked up where he’d left off against Southampton. His passing range truly is incredible and looked a real candidate for man of the match during the first half with the way he dictated play when in possession.
Mohamed Salah: 6.5 – A quieter night for the Egyptian who still probably could have scored two if he’d gotten his angles a little tighter. Was hardly ineffective but faded in the second half due to a lack of any real service.
Sadio Mané: 7 – Gave the Sevilla defence a torrid time down the Reds’ left hand side and was surprisingly brilliant in the air throughout whenever his side went long.
Netted his first Champions League goal with a superb finish at the back stick in the 22nd minute and was instrumental in Firmino’s second. Like his attacking team mates he faded in the second period.
Roberto Firmino: 7.5 (Man of the Match) – Worked tirelessly and grabbed another brace along with an assist for Mané. Cheeky bit of skill to hammer home the third with a no look finish.
James Milner: 6.5 – Was far more assured than Moreno when he came on and despite his leadership and experience seemingly looking enough to salvage the three points, he could do nothing about the equaliser.
Emre Can: 4.5 – Henderson and Wijnaldum weren’t great but when he came on Can wasn’t much better. The German lost his man at the corner that resulted in an equaliser and minutes before squandered a good opportunity to help Liverpool grab a fourth when played in by Salah.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: N/A – Bit of a late one.