A game that typified Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, the Reds showed off their attacking flair to its utmost extent, as well as the individual errors that have typified their defending under the German.
Dejan Lovren missed his kick, allowing Wissam Ben Yedder to poke home from close range in the first five minutes, before Roberto Firmino finished off a typically flowing Liverpool move soon after.
Mohamed Salah scored a deflected effort in the 37th minute to take the lead for Liverpool, Firmino cracked a penalty kick off the post, and Alberto Moreno nearly scored against his boyhood club after a sumptuous counterattacking move to bring an end to an electric first half of football at Anfield.
The second half, however, was eerily reminiscent of the Europa League final two years ago, as Sevilla represented much more of a threat in the second half, eventually taking the lead through Joaquín Correa, who spun Jordan Henderson far too easily above Liverpool’s penalty area.
Sevilla continued to look the more threatening side as the second half wore on, and it could be argued that Liverpool were lucky to hold onto a draw in the end.
A game of two halves, as football is wont to be, leaves us with slim pickings for our three stars tonight.
Exposed defensively a few times throughout the match, Moreno made up for his defensive shakiness with a masterclass in attacking fullback play. He provided constant support for his winger, linking up superbly with Sadio Mané, and his presence caused noticeable overloads on the left side. That presence was keenly felt, as only an excellent save from the opposition goalkeeper prevented the wing-back from notching against his former club as the first half came to a close.
Another good outing for the Spaniard this season, Moreno continues to show that he can be a reliable piece of the Liverpool machine.
A true joy to watch recently, the Senegalese winger continued his rip-snorting start to the season, cantering down the left-hand side of attack and bucking his fullback at every opportunity. His ample dribbling ability combined with his extraordinary burst of pace made him a constant thorn in the side of the entire Sevilla team, as he drifted across the pitch with and without the ball, looking for points of weakness to expose.
He managed to draw a penalty in the first half after twisting and turning in the box, and he continued to show what Liverpool will miss in the Premier League for the next few games after his unfortunate red card against Manchester City.
The best of an average midfield three on the night, Gini Wijnaldum continued his “now you see him, now you don’t” act when playing home and away games for Liverpool.
The Dutchman took full advantage of the half-space that Sevilla ceded to him, linking up potently with Mohamed Salah on the right, as well as connecting some really clever passes together with Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson.
It came as no surprise that Liverpool’s attacking fluidity suffered when Wijnaldum was moved to the left of center midfield, as his telepathic connection to the Egyptian was severed. He continued to cycle possession effectively in the second half, but it was a far cry from the brilliant display showcased in the first.