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Liverpool’s Madcap Clash With Sevilla Had Something For Everyone

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (R) celebrates with Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match between Liverpool and Sevilla at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on September 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Liverpool returned to the Champions League group stage after a two-year absence to play out a highly-entertaining clash against Sevilla.

The match finished 2-2 at Anfield, but that only tells some of the story in a game that had almost everything.

Dejan Lovren’s horrendous miskick to allow Wissam Ben Yedder poke home into an empty net within the first five minutes, the scene was set for a madcap evening. Roberto Firmino equalised after a fine move involving Alberto Moreno, and the turnaround was completed soon after when Mohamed Salah’s deflected shot found the net.

 during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at Anfield on September 13, 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Firmino missed a penalty just before half-time, and it was a miss proved to be costly when Joaquin Correa broke to equalise and give the Spanish side a share of the points. In among that drama, Sevilla manager Eduardo Berizzo was sent off for throwing the ball away, Philippe Coutinho finally made his comeback from injury, Joe Gomez was handed a red card, and Sevilla almost won it at the death with a Luis Muriel chance.

There was even enough time for Jurgen Klopp to be involved in an angry exchange with the Sevilla bench after the final whistle.

Liverpool will feel that they had enough chances to end this game with all three points, but social media was happy just to be able to breathe again after all of that.


Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp speaks to the referees after the UEFA Champions League Group E football match between Liverpool and Sevilla at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on September 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The surprise of the night, however, was arguably the performance of Alberto Moreno – with the Spaniard putting in a fine performance on the left side of defence.

With Spartak Moscow drawing away to Maribor the group is still very open, but Klopp will be hoping for a result to match the performance on the next matchday.

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On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we’re joined by Cork City captain Johnny Dunleavy to discuss the FAI Cup semi-final draw, and look ahead to this weekend’s EA Sports Cup final between Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk.

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