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Klopp: We stopped playing football



Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp felt his side « stopped playing football » as they let slip a 3-0 half-time lead against Sevilla.

Jurgen Klopp felt Liverpool paid the price for being too passive as they surrendered a 3-0 half-time lead to draw 3-3 with Sevilla in a Champions League thriller.

The Premier League side looked set to qualify for the knockout stages when they cruised into a commanding advantage, Roberto Firmino’s brace of goals sandwiching a diving header from Sadio Mane.

However, Liverpool collapsed after the break at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Wissam Ben Yedder scoring twice before Guido Pizarro grabbed an injury-time equaliser for the hosts.

Alberto Moreno endured a nightmare return to his old club, giving away a free-kick and a penalty that led to goals, though Klopp refused to lay the blame entirely at the feet of the Spanish left-back.

« It’s obvious, we played a very good first half and we stopped playing football in the second half, » he told BT Sport. 

« We didn’t play until we conceded the second goal, after that we improved and had a couple of chances, but they got the equaliser.

« When you’re the winning team you should avoid this first of all, it was absolutely okay that we were confident after that first half.

« Then we were in two situations too late, not only Alberto but the whole formation. They had the free-kick and then the penalty. But the real problem is that we stopped playing football.

« We could’ve closed the game. Our main mistake was that we didn’t play football anymore. We got passive and a little too deep. »

Despite the dramatic draw in Spain, Liverpool can still win Group E if they defeat Spartak Moscow at Anfield in the final round of fixtures.

« They fought back, so big credit to them, but we have to do it differently, » Klopp added.

« It feels like we lost, but we didn’t. There are two games to go (in the group) and it’s still in our own hands. For now, though, it feels really bad. »


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