Liverpool marked their first appearance in the UEFA Champions League since 2014 with a typically entertaining spectacle, drawing 2-2 against Sevilla at Anfield.
The Reds were unable to extract a piece of revenge on the Spaniards, who beat them 3-1 in the UEFA Europa League Final of 2015/16, and had to settle for a draw as the visitors so nearly snatched a late winner.
Difficult to send much criticism the way of the German after his defence let him down terribly; an error from Dejan Lovren gave Wissam Ben Yedder an open net, while Joaquin Correa essentially waltzed his way through the back four before tucking his shot away in a one-on-one.
Tidy with his passing and defended admirably for a 20-year-old making his full Champions League debut in front of home fans, though was carelessly sent off in the dying moments.
Fancies himself with a forward surge every so often, nearly crafting a passage through on goal in the second half, and was the more comfortable of the two centre-halves.
A nervy, error-riddled outing for the Croatian. Let a routine cross slip under his boot for the first goal and never seemed to recover.
Another spirited effort from Alberto Moreno, who continues to build a case for cementing the left-back spot at Liverpool. Made the joint-most key passes of the match (three), one of which was an assist for Roberto Firmino, but was lucky not to be sent off for a reckless foul when he was already on a yellow card.
The former Sunderland man couldn’t command the midfield from deep; his 75% passing accuracy isn’t good enough for a holding midfielder, but he did make three key passes and was crucial when out of possession (winning four tackles, the most of any Liverpool player).
Box-to-box dynamism from the German international saw him contribute at both ends of the park; he so nearly aided Liverpool’s cause with a left-foot strike just wide of Sergio Rico’s far post in the first-half after a swift counter-attack, and wasn’t shy of throwing his weight around with three challenges.
The best of Liverpool’s central three. Was one of their biggest threats on the ball (completing five dribbles, more than any other Liverpool player) and was efficient with his ball use (maintained an 86% passing accuracy ratio).
Sevilla often resorted to fouling the Senegalese international for the lack of a better alternative; Sadio Mane was fouled five times, the most of any Liverpool player, one of which was to win a penalty in the first half.
Got Liverpool back into the game with a simple finish from Alberto Moreno’s square ball but ultimately cost his side when he hit the post from the penalty spot.
Undoubted quality in the boots of Egyptian international Mohamed Salah, who has settled well into life at Anfield. A huge slice of fortune to see his strike deflect off of Simon Kjaer and over a hapless Sergio Rico, but was always positive and direct in his approach.