Liverpool v Sevilla: Live match blog
Liverpool were beaten 2-1 by La Liga side Sevilla at Fenway Park in the second friendly of their USA pre-season tour, with Divock Origi's goal only a consolation.
Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla
A game that you couldn't really call a 'friendly' ends with the win going to Sevilla courtesy of Pozo's last-minute goal.
Nolito and Origi had traded efforts in the first half at Fenway Park, where Gnagnon was sent off for a nasty foul on Larouci that resulted in the Liverpool left-back being stretchered off.
Next stop, New York for the Reds in the USA.
Goal - Pozo for Sevilla
Sevilla might have won this through Pozo, who is picked out by El Haddadi with a square pass and calmly rounds Mignolet before knocking his finish into the unguarded net.
Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla
Milner releases Fabinho in the area with a lofted pass but it's an awkward angle and height for the Brazilian, who skews his ambitious effort off target.
Smart defending by Adam Lewis to track a tricky low cross from the left wing and sweep it away from the back post and a potentially simple finish for a Sevilla man.
Larouci is stretchered off following that awful tackle and is replaced by Bobby Duncan.
We'll bring you an update on Larouci as soon as we have it.
Gnagnon is shown a straight red card for an horrendous kick out on Larouci as the Liverpool man dribbled forward at pace.
Liverpool threaten a second as Kent springs a counter-attack and Milner slides a diagonal pass into space for Jones to attack, but Sevilla get bodies back and Milner's eventual thump is blocked away.
Curtis Jones making a real impact in this second half. Physically, looks so much stronger this season. So close to… https://t.co/QzfVRpve0H— JamesPearceLFC (James Pearce) 21st Jul 23:32
Brewster causes problems with a high press and wins the ball, then feeds it into Jones' supporting run through to the box - the youngster tries his luck as the angle narrows but the goalkeeper blocks the strike well.
We're into the final half-hour at Fenway Park now and there has been a slight lull in the general tempo of the tie. The Reds are finding it difficult to produce genuine openings so far in the second half.
The Spanish team break through with a swift move and Mignolet is forced to make a double save to keep the score level - denying El Haddadi and then Vazquez.
Sevilla fashion the first opening of the half and it's Ocampos cutting in from the left who is eventually thwarted by a combination of Gomez and Milner as he shapes to shoot from inside the box.
James Milner kicks off for Liverpool and the second half is under way.
Klopp has made 11 substitutions for the second half and so the Liverpool XI is now as follows: Mignolet, Hoever, Gomez, Lovren, Larouci, Fabinho, Milner, Lewis, Jones, Kent, Brewster.
The stats from the first half at Fenway...
Liverpool 1-1 Sevilla
A feisty opening 45 minutes in the heat of Boston ends all square, with Nolito's clinical drive equalised just before the interval by Origi.
GOAL!! Divock Origi!
Liverpool quickly get back on level terms.
A corner in from Alexander-Arnold is kept alive by Phillips and the ball falls kindly for Origi to wallop into the net from close range.
Liverpool 1-1 Sevilla
GOAL - Nolito for Sevilla
There's a sense it has been coming and the La Liga outfit have taken the lead through the lively Nolito, who emphatically dispatches a sweeping finish past Lonergan from the left side of the area.
Liverpool 0-1 Sevilla
And Van Dijk is the latest player to collect a caution.
Carlos goes into the book now.
It's Sevilla again as Nolito brilliantly controls a cross-field pass deep on the left and curls a delivery back towards De Jong in the box - but it just evades his teammate.
Half an hour gone in Boston and there's nothing to separate the sides, with Sevilla having the better of the clear opportunities so far. We're back in play after a water break amid the heat here.
Andy in action.
Sevilla have the upper hand at the moment and they forge another chance for De Jong, picked out unmarked by a cross from the right, but his downward header is misdirected wide from the centre.
Nolito and Banega have both been bright on the ball for Sevilla and they combine here for the latter to fire off a shot, after stepping past Henderson, though it's harmlessly off target.
Liverpool lose possession in their own territory and Nolito instantly slips a pass through Phillips for De Jong's central run. But what looks a certain goal is denied by the sprawling Lonergan, who stops the shot with his legs. Excellent goalkeeping.
Banega is booked after a rash challenge and reaction.
At the other end, Sevilla make space down their left-hand side and a cross into the middle finds De Jong in a decent position. The striker's first-time effort is an awkward one, however, and the danger passes.
Good strength from Origi sees the No.27 get away from Reguilon inside the area but his strike on the angle hits the goalkeeper's legs and goes out.
Liverpool switch the play quickly from left to right and Alexander-Arnold sends in a troublesome low cross that looks set for Woodburn to tap in - but Navas recovers to sweep the ball away at the last.
We're off at Fenway Park.
Come on, Liverpool!
LFC's principal owner John W Henry and wife Linda Pizzuti at Fenway Park ahead of kick-off...
Hello Reds 👋 #LFCPreSeason🇺🇸 https://t.co/DdDwmeTclO— LFC (Liverpool FC) 21st Jul 21:18
Watch our build-up to the game live from Fenway Park via YouTube below - and remember, all the match action will then be available to view on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.
The boss speaks...
Jürgen Klopp has detailed to LFCTV what he wants to see from Liverpool in tonight’s game – beginning with an improvement in set-piece defending after conceding two goals against Borussia Dortmund on Friday that stemmed from dead-ball situations.
He said: “One improvement to ask for is easy: set-piece defending. We conceded two goals from that [against Dortmund] and we don’t want to have that [again]. We played 48 hours ago pretty much, so we obviously didn’t train a lot in between, but we did a little bit and we spoke about it.
“Hopefully we can see that. Apart from that, [I want to see] us do good things in the game, which we did in the last game so let’s show it again, work on the other things, show our identity – which is really important. We are a hard-working side and when the conditions are hard, you have to work even harder.
“[We have to] play football still, prepare the direction and all that stuff – that’s what we want to see. But it’s how it is, pre-season is always about trial and error, then you get all the information together and we have to be ready. But now we are here and we want to play good football today.”
Sevilla starting XI
Rico, Carrico, Nolito, Banega, Navas, Carlos, Jordan, De Jong, Ocampos, Reguilon, Fernando.
On the mic
Gini Wijnaldum and Nathaniel Phillips speak to LFCTV ahead of kick-off...
The Reds make eight changes at Fenway Park, where the likes of Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum and Henderson are in the starting line-up.
There's also a first outing for Andrew Lonergan.
Liverpool XI: Lonergan, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Woodburn, Wilson, Origi.
Subs: Mignolet, Atherton, Fabinho, Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Brewster, Matip, Kent, Lewis, Jones, Hoever, Duncan, Larouci.
A kit debut
The Reds will actually be in 'phantom black' this evening as they debut the 2019-20 New Balance third kit that was revealed and went on sale yesterday.
Get yours at our online store here.
In perhaps the most predictable weather update you'll read on Liverpoolfc.com this season, we're here to confirm that it's very, very warm in Boston.
The current 33 degrees temperature is not expected to fall by kick-off, so it'll be another tough test for the lads today.
A bucket list kind of day for this Virginia family ✅ #LFCPreSeason 🇺🇸 https://t.co/wWNK9Cmwzc— LFCUSA (Liverpool FC USA) 21st Jul 18:31
Have you read our newest extended interview on the USA tour yet? Virgil van Dijk was the latest player to chat with us - discussing his candidacy for the Ballon d'Or, his ambitions for the new season and his first 18 months with the club.
Click here to enjoy the full piece.
😁 All together now... HE'S OUR CENTRE-HALF HE'S OUR NUMBER FOUR WATCH HIM DEFEND AND WE WATCH HIM SCORE HE'LL PASS… https://t.co/DoIKFQgXVl— LFC (Liverpool FC) 21st Jul 16:57
Here's a video you simply have to watch before kick-off tonight.
Earlier on the tour, we sat down with Jürgen Klopp and Pepijn Lijnders to trace the road to Champions League glory in Madrid - getting their insight, favourite memories and untold stories of European Cup No.6...
That home-field advantage ❤️ LFC x @RedSox https://t.co/GD16vdiyhf— LFCUSA (Liverpool FC USA) 21st Jul 17:47
Fans attending the game at Fenway Park should note the following key information.
- No larger than 16”x16”x8”
- No hard sided coolers
- No suitcases
- All bags being brought into the stadium are subject to search
If you are intending to purchase alcohol, photo ID will be required for all sales; a passport will be the only valid form of ID for international travellers.
Given the excessive heat, bottles of water can be brought into the stadium.
Klopp: We wanted these challenges
Soaring temperatures and tough opposition - but that's exactly what the manager wanted for Liverpool's pre-season tour.
"[This] will not be a friendly game as well," Jürgen Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com as he turned focus from the 3-2 defeat against Borussia Dortmund to the meeting with Sevilla.
"We wanted hard challenges, that's why we chose these teams as opponents and so now we have to fight."
Working at Fenway
The Reds held an open training session at Fenway Park on Saturday evening following their journey into Boston from Indiana. Take a look back at our coverage from the home of the Red Sox below...
A great welcome at a scorching @fenwaypark yesterday - looking forward to getting some more miles in the legs toni… https://t.co/KwNPdSbPG2— JamesMilner (James Milner) 21st Jul 14:25
Here we go again - it's game No.2 in the USA for Liverpool with Sevilla the opponents at Fenway Park in an 11pm BST kick-off.
We'll be broadcasting the whole match live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO - click here for more information and to see the live rights in your country.
Stay right here as well for build-up, updates and reaction.