- Liverpool squandered a 3-0 lead at Sevilla to end up with a 3-3 draw
- The defensive line was under the spotlight again after such a capitulation
- Pat Nevin also pointed the finger at one of Liverpool’s star forwards
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After Liverpool somehow conspired to surrender a commanding 3-0 lead at Sevilla on Tuesday night, the knives were out for the Reds defence again.
Jurgen Klopp would have been delighted with what he saw from his side in the first half of the Champions League encounter, with a win securing their spot in the knockout stage of the competition.
Instead, a second-half capitulation allowed Sevilla to snatch a share of the spoils and in turn Liverpool were left to rue their mistakes and must now wait until the final game of the group stage to secure safe passage through to the next phase.
Naturally, most of the focus was on the Liverpool defence, as after three clean sheets in their last four games in all competitions, conceding just once in that same time period, they were unable to keep things tight against Sevilla and see out the win.
That led to plenty of criticism and scrutiny for the defensive line yet again, but BBC pundit Pat Nevin saw something else that he didn’t like in the performance from the team in general, as seen below.
For him, and many others, defending starts from the front and all 11 players have a duty to contribute in order to ensure that the side is difficult to break down.
In turn, Roberto Firmino’s insistence on continuing to try tricks and flicks in the second half as Liverpool had chances of their own irked Nevin and rightly so as he points out that the Brazilian should have been holding up the ball and helping to see out the win.
While it may not have been a direct reason for the disappointing result, it would certainly have been a factor and that’s something Klopp will have to reiterate in terms of game intelligence and knowing when to try extravagant moves and when not to to help out the team.
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) November 22, 2017