Match Report: Liverpool 1 Sevilla 2

Liverpool suffered their second consecutive defeat as Sevilla squeezed past the Reds by 2 goals to 1. Nolito opened the scoring for Sevilla with Divock Origi equalizing just before the break. Alejandro Pozo won the game for the Spaniards in the last minute ensuring Liverpool’s winless run at Fenway Park continues. Some of the big guns were in from the start with the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum getting their first start of pre-season in the sweltering heat. Reports say the temperature was well over 30 degrees Celcius pitchside.  Andy Lonergan also cemented his position as the luckiest man on the face of the planet as he took over goalkeeping duties from Simon Mignolet. Lonergan was released by Middlesbrough at the end of last season. Embed from Getty Images

Early chances didn’t pay off

Liverpool had a great chance to go ahead within a minute as a typical Trent Alexander Arnold cross was met by Ben Woodburn. The Welshman’s shot was blocked. Divock Origi found himself in behind the Sevilla defence just minutes later but was denied by Sergio Rico. A much sharper start than the Dortmund game a couple of days ago. Diego Carlos should’ve put Sevilla in front on the 6-minute mark as he found himself free from a corner but the Brazilian could only head it over the bar. Sevilla started to grow into the game and had a glorious chance to go in front 13 minutes in. Gini Wijnaldum overran the ball on the edge of the area, Luuk De Jong capitalised but was superbly denied by Lonergan. Lucas Ocampos flashed a shot wide of Lonergan’s far post seconds later in a period of sloppiness from the Reds. The fiery temperature perhaps accounted for some of Sevilla’s aggression throughout the first period with both Ever Banega and Diego Carlos being booked for dissent as the Spaniards very much stretched the meaning of the word “friendly.” Sevilla took the lead in the 37th minute. Liverpool failed to clear a cross yet again which had become a theme throughout the first half. The cross deflected off Nat Phillips into the path of former Manchester City winger Nolito who curled it into the far top corner.  Divock Origi levelled the scoring just a minute before half time. Trent swung a corner in and it was met by Nat Phillips. His header wasn’t clean and it fell to Origi who lashed the ball home from close range, ensuring the sides went into the break level. Embed from Getty Images

More of the same in the second half

Both teams made changes at half time with Liverpool fielding an entirely new XI; Sevilla making 9 changes for the second period.  The first chances of the second half fell to Sevilla 10 minutes into the second half. Munir El Haddadi forced Mignolet into a comfortable save as Liverpool were caught a bit bare at the back. The follow up fell to Franco Vazquez but he could only hit it straight at the Belgian stopper. Curtis Jones had Liverpool’s first chance of the second half in the 68th minute. A mistake in the Sevilla backline allowed Rhian Brewster to recover the ball. The youngster lobbed the ball into the path of Jones but he could only strike the ball right at Tomáš Vaclík in the Sevilla goal. As Dejan Lovren left a Sevilla player in a bundle on the floor, Yasser Larouci drove forward with some Sevilla players calling for him to put the ball out. Larouci continued past a few niggling challenges until Joris Gnagnon mercilessly and quite disgustingly kicked Larouci down and was promptly sent off. The young left-back was stretchered off. This summed Sevilla up. An absolute joke. Embed from Getty Images Sevilla snatched the lead once again in the 90th minute. A long ball once again caught Liverpool out. El Haddadi found himself in acres of space. He found Pozo who rounded Mignolet and finished into an empty net. Again, their celebration came across as immature, especially after the events of around 15 minutes prior.

Overshadowed by Gnagnon

Another relatively uninspiring performance from Liverpool. Good in spells but lacked creativity in large parts of the game. Of course, the game was overshadowed by the challenge on Yasser Larouci. However, from a footballing perspective, it wasn’t overly great. Defensive lapses from crosses and set pieces look to be an issue. An issue we hope will be sorted by the time we play Norwich. Next up for the Reds is Sporting Lisbon in the final game of their US tour. The game will be played at the Yankee Stadium in New York City. 

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