We had an­swers for ev­ery­thing ex­cept the goals

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LON­DON, (Reuters) - Liver­pool man­ager Juer­gen Klopp put a brave face on af­ter watch­ing his side throw away a lead with an­other poor de­fen­sive dis­play in their Cham­pi­ons League en­counter with Sevilla at An­field yes­ter­day.

The Premier League side, com­pet­ing in only their sec­ond Cham­pi­ons League group stage in eight years, had plenty of chances to win the game af­ter com­ing from be­hind, but de­fen­sive lapses — and a penalty miss from Roberto Firmino — cost them two points as Sevilla sal­vaged a 2-2 draw. Both op­po­si­tion goals came from de­fen­sive mis­takes. Klopp, whose side lost 5-0 at Manch­ester City on Satur­day, said he was happy with most of what he saw but rued the two goals con­ceded.

“It was pretty much a win­ning per­for­mance for 85, 86 min­utes, and the team played well against a side who play well,” he told BT Sport. “We had an­swers for ev­ery­thing apart from the goals.

“It is a draw, it does not feel too good but I am fine with big parts of the per­for­mance.”

The Ger­man also de­nied play­ing a part in the sendin­goff of Sevilla coach Ed­uardo Ber­izzo.

“The coach was no prob­lem, but I do not think I had any de­ci­sion on the ref­eree. I did not ask for it,” Klopp said. The peo­ple on their bench thought I was re­spon­si­ble for his red card and did not like me too much.”

Cap­tain Jor­dan Hen­der­son de­fended Firmino, who had scored Liver­pool’s equaliser in the 21st minute be­fore strik­ing a post with a penalty just be­fore half­time.

“Roberto Firmino has scored penal­ties for us be­fore,” he told the broad­caster. “Players will al­ways miss penal­ties.

“We had plenty more chances to score, so we need to be more ruthless and go three or four up. That is foot­ball and we have got done.”

Ber­izzo said Firmino’s penalty miss had given his side hope.

“Liver­pool miss­ing that penalty helped put us back in the game, (Pablo) Sara­bia com­ing on helped us hold the ball and we played with much more or­der in the sec­ond half,” he told re­porters.

“Even though we went ahead in the first half, it was re­ally hard to con­tain their pace, es­pe­cially wide.”

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