Wow. Sevilla. Where do we start? What was your overall view on the madness?
First half: sensational. Second half: sensationally abysmal.
There has been a few occasions this season where one half has been considerably better than the other – the Huddersfield game, for example, where the first period was a non-event and the second much improved – but this was on a completely different scale.
Early on, Liverpool were brilliant. To go three goals up against a team like Sevilla – who have never lost by more than two goals at home in Europe and are unbeaten at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in 2017 – was a super effort.
The front three were electric at times even though they were not at their best, and it was delightful.
Despite not having much of the ball, the Reds got themselves into a position that should have been comfortable and unassailable, but even at two or three goals up, you never feel secure.
The second half capitulation means that instead of talking about a comfortable away victory against a difficult opponent in the Champions League to cement first place with a game to spare, we are once again dissecting a defensive catastrophe.
Madness is the only word that accurately describes what went on. Only Liverpool would be capable of doing that, and what is most concerning is that it didn’t come as a major surprise once the first goal went in soon after half-time.
Rather than looking forward to a rest in the Spartak Moscow game on matchday six, being able to keep players fresh for the derby the following weekend, we now have to overcome the Russians.
It’s a headache, but one that we only have ourselves to blame for.