Liverpool completed a ‘reverse Istanbul’ after throwing away a three-goal lead against Sevilla
Three goals up at half-time, Liverpool looked to be cruising.
Liverpool could not have been more impressive after taking a 3-0 lead away to Sevilla in the Champions League, but unfortunately a legendary scoreline in the club’s history came back to haunt them.
Goals from Roberto Firmino and one from Sadio Mane, just back from injury, looked to have put the Reds on the path to three points and qualification from their group.
A strong lead going into the break 💪 pic.twitter.com/1oY31yg96X— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 21, 2017
Liverpool are good value for their 3-0 lead and yet it could very fairly be a 4-4.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) November 21, 2017
However, predictions of a high-scoring draw looked more likely when Sevilla’s Ben Yedder scored a second-half brace to make it 3-2.
Liverpool at risk of a reverse Istanbul.— Bill Edgar (@BillEdgarTimes) November 21, 2017
And in added time, Guido Pizarro levelled the scores to earn the home side a point.
In 2005, Liverpool completed one of the great comebacks in the Champions League final in Istanbul – 3-0 down against AC Milan, they scored three second-half goals to draw 3-3, going on to win on penalties.
Fair play to Liverpool for doing Istanbul in reverse.— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) November 21, 2017
Feel like Liverpool made a deal with the devil in Istanbul, that meant they would win on the night, but have to suffer ridiculous 3-0 collapses for all of eternity.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 21, 2017
Sevilla hero Yedder had a message for AC Milan after the game…
The result is typical of a Liverpool side who, in recent years, have been impressive up front, but disappointing in defence.
If ever 90 minutes could neatly encapsulate the very best and worst of this Liverpool side, that was it. The capitulation felt inevitable at 3-1, which is the worst thing about it. All felt so inevitable.— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) November 21, 2017
Liverpool have no leaders on the field. The captain’s armband is wasted on Henderson.— Mersey Reds (@MerseyReds1) November 21, 2017
Liverpool can ensure they advance to the knockout rounds by avoiding defeat when they play Spartak Moscow at Anfield in their final group game.
If they are to challenge for the Champions League this season however, they will have to drastically improve at the back.
Aug 2000: Southampton 0, Liverpool 3 … ends 3-3— Bill Edgar (@BillEdgarTimes) November 21, 2017
Nov 2002: Basel 3, Liverpool 0 … ends 3-3
May 2005: AC Milan 3, Liverpool 0 … ends 3-3
May 2014: Palace 0, Liverpool 3 … ends 3-3
Tonight: Sevilla 0, Liverpool 3 … ends 3-3@TimesSport
Real Madrid and Barcelona might fancy their chances against Jurgen Klopp’s team if they don’t.