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.
A late Sevilla equaliser sees the points shared. pic.twitter.com/yol7DgXPOH
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« 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. »
3 – Liverpool have let a three-goal lead slip in a competitive match for the first time since May 2014 against Crystal Palace in the Premier League (also 3-3). Comeback.
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