Player Analysis: Sevilla 3–3 Liverpool

Player Analysis Liverpool

Sevilla 

Sergio Rico6

Made some good reactive saves, however, should have come out for Liverpool’s third goal.

Gabriel Mercado – 5

Had a fair amount of success on the left side producing decent crosses, especially in the second-half when Moreno and Mane were struggling.

Johannes Geis – 6

Struggled to deal with Liverpool early on but got more comfortable as the game went on – always looked to play the forward pass.

Clement Lenglet – 6

Was left in knots by Liverpool’s thunderous start, however, he did recover and appeared much more solid in the second-half.

Sergio Escudero – 5

Worked tirelessly as ever at full-back but found it difficult to get the better of Gomez.

Steven N’Zonzi – 4

Misplaced a number of passes and was too slow on the ball, not the N’Zonzi the Sevillistas have become accustomed to – was substituted at half-time.

Ever Banega – 8

Directed much of Sevilla’s play and produced a fantastic cross from a set-piece for Ben Yedder’s headed goal.

Guido Pizzarro – 7

The Sevilla hero – was the fastest to react to a corner-kick in stoppage time to fire past Karius for Sevilla’s equaliser.

Pablo Sarabria – 6

Was direct and powerful with his forward runs – looked comfortable on the ball and played a number of delicate passes.

Nolito – 6

On the periphery for much of the match but did have one major goalscoring chance in the first-half.

Wissam Ben Yedder – 7

Scored with a superb header and a re-taken penalty to get Sevilla back into the match – Sevilla’s most potent attacking player.

Liverpool

Loris Karius – 6

Made a fantastic save to deny Nolito when the score was still 0-1 and commanded his area well – could have done more to stop Sevilla’s second.

Joe Gomez – 6

Had a solid game on the right – didn’t attack too much but his sound defensive performance forced Sevilla to mainly put pressure on the left side.

Dejan Lovren – 6

After a quiet first-half, he was called into action early in the second-half and produced a wonderful tackle – was left exposed by his midfielders.

Ragnar Klavan – 6

Was once again the leader of the backline and, like his central defensive partner, was left unprotected throughout the second-half

Alberto Moreno – 5

Had a decent enough first-half but for the fifteen minutes he was on the pitch in the second-half he was a changed man – gave away the free-kick for Sevilla’s first and the penalty for their second.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6

Was strong and central to Liverpool’s dominance in the first-half but drifted away in the second – he and his midfield teammates must realise the role they play in Liverpool’s defensive setup.

Jordan Henderson – 5

Gave away possession from which Sevilla almost scored but pressed well in the first-half, however, disappeared in the second and barely touched the ball.

Philippe Coutinho – 6

Showed glimpses of his talent but even in the first-half he was fairly muted – substituted on the hour-mark.

Sadio Mane – 5

Scored a header to double Liverpool’s lead halfway through the first-half with the same corner routine as the opener – however, he appeared off the pace and disappointed with his lacklustre defensive display.

Roberto Firmino – 7

Scored in the opening moments with a well-taken finish at the back post and got his second of the night with a simple tap-in – Liverpool’s best attacker.

Mohamed Salah – 6

Couldn’t continue his fine goalscoring run but was, nevertheless, a threat in attack even if chances were few and far between.

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Oliver Miller
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