We had answers for everything except the goals – Klopp

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp put a brave face on after watching his side throw away a lead with another poor defensive display in their Champions League encounter with Sevilla at Anfield  yesterday.

The Premier League side, competing in only their second Champions League group stage in eight years, had plenty of chances to win the game after coming from behind, but defensive lapses — and a penalty miss from Roberto Firmino — cost them two points as Sevilla salvaged a 2-2 draw.

Both opposition goals came from defensive mistakes.

Klopp, whose side lost 5-0 at Manchester City on Saturday, said he was happy with most of what he saw but rued the two goals conceded.

“It was pretty much a winning performance for 85, 86 minutes, and the team played well against a side who play well,” he told BT Sport. “We had answers for everything apart from the goals.

“It is a draw, it does not feel too good but I am fine with big parts of the performance.”

The German also denied playing a part in the sending-off of Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo.

“The coach was no problem, but I do not think I had any decision on the referee. I did not ask for it,” Klopp said. The people on their bench thought I was responsible for his red card and did not like me too much.”

Captain Jordan Henderson defended Firmino, who had scored Liverpool’s equaliser in the 21st minute before striking a post with a penalty just before halftime.

“Roberto Firmino has scored penalties for us before,” he told the broadcaster. “Players will always miss penalties.

“We had plenty more chances to score, so we need to be more ruthless and go three or four up. That is football and we have got done.”

Berizzo said Firmino’s penalty miss had given his side hope.

“Liverpool missing that penalty helped put us back in the game, (Pablo) Sarabia coming on helped us hold the ball and we played with much more order in the second half,” he told reporters.

“Even though we went ahead in the first half, it was really hard to contain their pace, especially wide.”

Comments  

Essequibo hold advantage over G’town as wickets tumble on day one

Leaders Essequibo held a slight advantage over Georgetown at the end of day one of their fourth-round clash of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Jaguars three-day Franchise League tournament played at the Tuschen Sports Club ground, yesterday.

Suddie cricketer credits Coach Daniels for recent success 

Twenty-four–year old Anthony Adams is a left–arm spin bowling all-rounder who is quite competent with the bat.

Smith lashes ‘panicking’ batsmen after another collapse

MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Australia captain Steve Smith has accused his batsmen of “panicking” under pressure and demanded they show more starch after another collapse against India saw the side thrashed by 50 runs in the second one-day international in Kolkata.

Cyclists set to compete in back-to-back events this weekend

The cream of the nation’s cyclists will renew their rivalry this weekend with back-to-back events.

CAC bodybuilding and fitness c/ships postponed

The 45th edition of the CAC Bodybuilding and Fitness championships has been postponed until further notice following the earthquake in Mexico City.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×