It’s all a bit doom and gloom after Saturday’s 5-0 defeat against Manchester City, where it looked as though Liverpool gave up after Sadio Mané was shown a controversial red card.
Losing the three points was bad enough, but a five-goal defeat is just appalling for a team of Liverpool’s standard, although it has to be said that the defence is yet to be improved with the addition of a new centre-back and Jürgen Klopp’s options at the moment are a mixture of either unproven or error-prone.
Nevertheless, Wednesday will be the chance for the team to redeem themselves and it will be a tough opening fixture for the Champions League group stage against Sevilla. The last time the two teams met was in the Europa League final in 2015/16 and revenge will be on the mind of Klopp and his team.
However, it will be a big test for Sevilla at Anfield. The stadium is renowned for European nights and with Liverpool fans starved of the big stage since the 2014/15 season, there’s very little doubt there will be a fizz in the air on Merseyside.
The Champions League is a huge tournament for Liverpool, and this time with Klopp at the helm Liverpool are hoping to have more success in Europe than the last time out.
Champions League nights are just indescribable. The Kop will be in full voice, scarves and flags flying and the atmosphere will be one that other clubs wish they could create.
The advantage of having the first game of the group stage at home is that Liverpool can set the bar high for their group. Sevilla are the toughest opponents in Group E so to get a win against them at Anfield would set the tone for Liverpool’s European campaign.
Klopp will no doubt rotate the squad again, with Loris Karius stepping up in goal and Sadio Mané is likely to feature as he will miss the next league game due to his red card on Saturday.
It will be an opportunity for Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren to return to the line-up as Ragnar Klavan didn’t impress on the weekend and Trent Alexander-Arnold felt the pressure of City.
It may also be likely that Philippe Coutinho could feature, at least on the bench, as Klopp will look to reintegrate him into the squad in the next few weeks.
It is important that the team and the fans do not let one poor game define the season, with three other competitions to tackle and some very important fixtures coming up in the next month.
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) September 11, 2017
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So long as the fans continue supporting the team, through wins, draws and losses, the team will continue to work hard and fight for results. When the twelfth man fails to show up, the team lose all determination.
The match should be an entertaining one. Just like Liverpool, Sevilla’s focus will be on attacking and will go into the match with the intention to win, with away goals as a bonus as well. With this in mind, there should be a fantastic flow to the contest.
It is likely that we will see Mané and Salah burst into space and there will hopefully be plenty of goals to enjoy and to help Liverpool fans forget about the weekend’s misery.