Philipe Coutinho admits that it was frustrating to see his Liverpool side give up a 3-goal lead to let the Sevilla draw level in the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp’s men looked at an impressive victory at half-time with the Reds leading the game 3-0. A worrying second half performance resulted saw Liverpool settle for a draw, after a brilliant comeback from Sevilla. Multiple questions were once again raised by fans, critics and even star Philippe Coutinho at the defensive performance of the Merseyside outfit, including captain Jordan Henderson’s performance and left-back Alberto Moreno.
Wissam Ben Yedder scored twice to give the Spanish side a sniff at draw before Guido Pizarro scored the third goal late in the added time for the La Liga outfit to rescue a point. This was the third time the sides have faced each other, and so far Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have failed to win even one match, drawing two and losing the Europa League finals last season to Sevilla.
However, Philippe Coutinho agreed that somewhere or the other players’ losing concentration and focus was the sole reason for letting Sevilla produce a comeback. “It wasn’t a good result, we almost felt like we do after a defeat,” the Brazil international told Liverpool’s official website. “We had a great first half, and then in the second half we let everything unravel, and so we were all feeling very frustrated.
We have to stay awake all the time, 100 percent. I think that the first half, the way we went into the game, we have to go into the second half [like that] too,” added the Liverpool star who has been linked with a move to the La Liga over the summer and in the near future.
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The Brazilian further admitted that the players switched off defensively, which allowed the opponents to strike back. Going 3-0 up at half-time both Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool were confident that Sevilla would have no chance of a dramatic comeback. This was, however, what many felt led to their indifferent second half performance. But the 25-year-old midfielder agreed that football is sometimes tough, and these results have to be taken in the right spirit.
At 3-0, a side with defensive frailties such as Liverpool should have done better with positioning themselves to the opponents to cut short the attacking prowess of the opponents. Liverpool should have also learned a lesson, with they themselves making an incredible comeback in Istanbul against AC Milan to win the Champions League back in 2005.
However, with such defensive frailties both in the Premier League and now in the Champions League, it is difficult to see the Merseyside outfit advance deeper into the tournament unless they make some serious changes in January. But despite that, they need their attacking trio and even Philippe Coutinho to keep scoring goals.