Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Coutinho questions remain as Klopp turns to Karius

Coutinho questions remain as Klopp turns to Karius

Michael Owen was critical of Liverpool's defending after Wednesday night's 2-2 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League.

The Reds came close to a prompt equaliser through Sadio Mane, whose low strike from the edge of the area was well saved by Sergio Rico, before Firmino headed Jordan Henderson's cross narrowly over.

If Philippe Coutinho had any fears over his treatment at the hands of Liverpool's supporters following his failure to secure a summer move to Barcelona, the warm reception he received as a second-half substitute might have surprised him.

Not long after, Spurs went ahead against Borussia Dortmund courtesy of a lovely Son Heung-min goal, while Liverpool went behind when Wissam Ben Yedder struck for Sevilla.

"Roberto Firmino has scored penalties for us before, players will always miss penalties".

"The front three will be the same, and given that he's not had a lot of football in the last month, I'd not expect him to start just yet".

Klopp faces a potentially tricky group, with Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor all set to face the Reds - but it's Sevilla up first, as the Spaniards head to Anfield for their opening match of the competition this season. They have gone past the group stages in three of their four previous appearances but never further than the round of 16.

The Senegal winger is not suspended for the Champions League, however, and is among Klopp's side as they make their continental comeback.

"It was an exciting game from my side, everyone saw our desire and passion but we got a point", Klopp told BT Sport.

December 9, 2014, was the last time Liverpool played a group stage match in the Champions League.

Sevilla are taking part in their fifth Champions League campaign.

The Brazilian, who agitated for a move to Barcelona, missed the club's opening five fixtures of 2017-18 with a back injury that faded on global duty.

Liverpool will be looking to bounce back after a shocking 5-0 loss to Manchester City at the weekend.

He took Mohamed Salah off at half-time in the Man City game and may have had one eye on this Sevilla game when he made that decision and Liverpool have a chance to prove they can bounce back from a big disappointment in this game. They've got to score multiple goals.

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