22 Jul Liverpool pre-season practically boil over in opposition to Sevilla as Larouci stretchered off after red-card problem
The teenager fell sufferer to a vicious red-card problem from Joris Gnagnon, additional marring an unpleasant affair within the Boston warmth
From scorching South Bend to the Boston furnace, Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the USA threatened to boil over.
Crushed by Borussia Dortmund on Friday, the Reds discovered themselves embroiled in essentially the most ill-tempered of ‘friendlies’ in opposition to outdated foes Sevilla right here at Fenway Park. They misplaced 2-1.
This was a sport that can stay within the reminiscence, however not for the suitable causes. The Spaniards’ sturdy method left a mark, fairly actually.
Liverpool will hope Yasser Larouci, sufferer of a disgraceful second-half ‘problem’ from Sevilla substitute Joris Gnagnon, is just not severely injured. The 18-year-old, who has made a optimistic affect for the Reds this summer time, was taken off on a stretcher after Gnagnon’s ridiculous kick out.
Jurgen Klopp had already made his emotions completely clear to Julen Lopetegui, his reverse quantity, after a first-half suffering from doubtful tackles and flailing arms. The Liverpool boss says he’s “not often comfortable” after pre-season video games; he can have been fuming by what he noticed right here.
The football, when it broke out, wasn’t nice. This was formally Boston’s hottest day since 1991, and it confirmed within the high quality of the sport. Even a kick-off of 6pm native time didn’t assist, with the temperature nonetheless above 100 levels Fahrenheit as the sport started. Not a great day for Liverpool to debut their new all-black third package, then.
Sevilla’s questionable method apart, there was, in reality, not a terrific deal to get labored up about. Liverpool fielded a special facet in each halves – and had been pressured to carry Bobby Duncan on after Larouci’s night was ended – and lacked cohesion and depth for essentially the most half. Maybe, given the character of the sport, that was a very good factor.
There was a primary Reds outing for Andy Lonergan, with the veteran goalkeeper taking part in the primary 45 minutes. Lonergan’s final sport had been for League One strugglers Rochdale in opposition to Scunthorpe in March, however the 35-year-old confirmed no indicators of rustiness right here. One save particularly, from Luuk de Jong, caught the attention.
Liverpool had began moderately, Ben Woodburn and Divock Origi going shut within the early exchanges, however there was an absence of chunk and depth to their play all through the opening interval as Sevilla, with the irascible Ever Banega influential, examined them defensively. The Reds appeared significantly troubled by crosses into their field, both from set-pieces or from open play.
It will be one such supply, from Jesus Navas, which led to the Spaniards’ opener. Navas’ low ball from the suitable clipped Nat Phillips and fell kindly for an additional ex-Manchester Metropolis man, Nolito, to beat Lonergan with a well-taken first-time end.
Liverpool not less than levelled earlier than the break, Origi on hand to lash residence from shut vary after Phillips’ header had been blocked. The Belgian’s poaching instincts, so evident final season, stay as sturdy as ever.
Sevilla, diminished to 10 males after Gnagnon’s second of insanity, snatched the win within the last minute, Alejandro Pozo ending neatly after a counter-attack to sentence Liverpool to a second defeat in 48 hours.
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From right here, they head to New York, the place temperatures are anticipated to be slightly extra beneficial.
Klopp will hope Sporting Lisbon, opponents at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night time, are rather less fired-up for a pleasant match than Sevilla had been right here.
The Spaniards received’t be getting a name subsequent summer time, that’s for certain.