Liverpool travel to Spain on Tuesday evening as they prepare to face Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan in their penultimate Champions League group game. The Reds are currently top of the group on eight points with Sevilla following closely in second on seven points.
Jurgen Klopp’s side collected a 3-0 win over Maribor in their last outing in Europe thanks to goals from Mo Salah, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge. Mo Salah is having an absolute stormer of a start to the season and if he features on Tuesday night I’d be banking on him to find the net.
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Prior to this season, Sevilla and Liverpool have only crossed paths once before, that was in the Europa League final of 2016. How do the Reds weigh up against Spanish opposition in general though? Liverpool have met Spanish opposition on 24 occasions since 2000. During that time the Reds have lost eight, drawn six and won 10.
A win on Tuesday means the Reds will qualify for the knockout stages with one game to spare. Injuries have taken a positive turn for Jurgen Klopp who has named both Adam Lallana and Danny Ings in his squad, however, Joel Matip has not travelled to Spain and remains out with a groin issue.
Sevilla come into this game having won four out of their last five games in all competitions. Their only loss came at the hands of Barcelona. With a good run of form behind them, the Spanish side also have the incentive of leap-frogging the Reds into top spot if they can find a win at home.
Liverpool have also won four out of their last five in all comps only losing back in October after a terrible display against Spurs. The Reds have found some momentum but arguably still have huge problems in defence and sometimes struggle to get into gear.
Players like Mo Salah and Sadio Mane eventually find the magic to make the difference but in a tough tie against Sevilla I fear the Reds may walk away without a win meaning victory over Spartak at Anfield in December would be required to seal the deal.
I don’t think we’ll lose I just think there’s too much incentive for Sevilla and can see this being a 1-1 draw. Enjoy the match folks wherever you are watching! Apologies for the dull period on the blog, I’ve been mega busy in November but haven’t gone anywhere, still plan to blog about the glorious Reds as and when I can!
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Source: The Liver Bird