Three second half goals from Sevilla put an end to Liverpool’s dreams of Champions League football next season, with Jurgen Klopp’s side crashing out in disappointing fashion.
Things had looked bright in the first half, with Daniel Sturridge’s superb outside of the boot curler giving the keeper no chance. It had been all Liverpool early on, but that all changed in the second half.
20 seconds into the second half Sevilla were level, with Kevin Gameiro tapping in from close range after good work from Mariano. Alberto Moreno didn’t exactly cover himself in glory with a string of defensive errors, but it was excellent work from the Sevilla right-back.
Just as Liverpool had dominated the first half, Sevilla did so after the break. The Reds saw almost none of the ball, and when they did get a sniff of possession they did nothing with it.
Sevilla’s second goal was a thing of beauty, passing skilfully through midfield before finishing the move expertly. Coke’s curling finish rivaled the quality of Sturridge’s first half strike, and the goal obviously proved much more influential.
In all honesty it looked over as soon as Sevilla took the lead, with Liverpool barely putting up a fight in the second half. The third goal really put the game to bed though, and at that point it was pretty clear Liverpool would be missing out on Champions League football next season.
There were calls for offside when Sevilla got their third, with the linesman incorrectly raising his flag. The ball that fell to Coke was inadvertently played by two Liverpool players rather than a Sevilla star though, which the referee noticed and consequently waved his linesman down – ignoring Liverpool’s protests.
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It was a shame to see Liverpool fall to pieces the way they did in the second half, but they’ve shown really positive signs under Klopp and look likely to be a vastly improved side next season.