Coutinho returns to Liverpool squad for Sevilla clash

Lynette Rowe
September 14, 2017

"We could have scored more often but if we continue playing like this, we will get points".

The twenty-five year old is yet to feature this season but will be on the substitutes bench as Jurgen Klopp's men take on Sevilla in their opening Champions League group match on Wednesday evening.

But with 18 minutes to go the defence switched off again and Joaquin Correa nipped in to equalise with only the visitors' second shot on target. Defensively, though, Liverpool was weak in both legs against Hoffenheim; it could easily have conceded more than three goals in the tie.

There was more to come - Sadio Mane was held back as he tried to run into the area and the ref signalled for a penalty - not the first time the Sevilla right back had been involved in some foul play. What can we expect from the upcoming match between the "reds" and "Sevilla"? .

Winning home games in the Champions League is crucial, and Liverpool know they should have three points. But against the best teams in the Champions League, their back four will come under huge scrutiny, and there were enough worrying moments against Sevilla to suggest that they will have a long night against Barcelona or Real Madrid. The central defensive pairings are quickly moving from liability to catastrophe.

Speaking on the eve of the match, Klopp confirmed that Loris Karius will play in goal against Sevilla in preference to regular No 1 Simon Mignolet. Then Liverpool lost outright to the Nervionists - 1: 3.

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'If we don't give them a game then every year we have to find a number two, 33 years old, who still can catch a few balls and doesn't want to play any more - that's really hard, to find someone like that.

To make matters worse, full-back Gomez will miss the next group game through suspension after being sent off in the 94th minute.

Philippe Coutinho is included in Liverpool's matchday squad for the first time this season, while Mohamed Salah has shaken off illness to start against Sevilla in the Champions League Group E opener.

By asking for a transfer, Coutinho risked ruining his previously strong relationship with the Liverpool fans, but, for now at least, his so-called sins have been forgiven.

"It would be a dream for any team to have him but he stays with us".

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