In the opening match of Liverpool’s 2017 Champions League Group Stage campaign, the Reds were frustrated by an all too familiar Spanish foe.
Consistent pressure was undone by abject Liverpool defending, as the tourists made efficient use of their few chances.
Wissam Ben Yedder’s tap in on four minutes came off the back of typifying mindless defending from Dejan Lovren, and Anfield promptly fell rather flat.
An attacking line of Mane-Firmino-Salah can only be held at bay for so long though, and some terrific interplay from Alberto Moreno and Jordan Henderson enabled Firmino to poke home the left back’s driven cross.
With the volume turning louder, Salah enjoyed a slice of luck for the second goal, winning the ball back on the edge of the penalty area and watching his shot deflect off the bottom of a defender’s foot and over a helpless Sevilla goalkeeper.
Just before the break, Firmino had the chance to extend the lead to two from the penalty spot, but saw his shot connect only with the outside of the right post.
In the second half, a tune Liverpool fans have become accustomed to began to reverberate. Spurning chances in attack, and a feeling of uneasiness held in the Merseyside evening air.
Lovren was played around in a triangle, and the ball was controlled closely enough by Joaquin Correa to slot past Loris Karius.
The addition of Philippe Coutinho could not restore Liverpool’s advantage, and they were forced to settle for a point.