Silver linings. A lot of Liverpool players were looking for them this following their 2-2 draw against Sevilla, a game that saw Liverpool throw away two points on their return to the Champions League in a match that by almost any metric they should have won comfortably.
At home, dominating possession and creating more chances, Liverpool won the night everywhere but where it counts: the scoreline. But they at least got a point. They showed they could compete. And rebounded from a league hammering at the hands of Manchester City.
“We could have taken three points with the chances we created,” was captain Jordan Henderson’s regret-tinged take on his side’s efforts. “They got us twice on a bit of a counter-attack. We’re disappointed not to take three points, but I thought the lads reacted well after the weekend.”
It’s been a mixed bag start to Liverpool’s season, and Wednesday continued that. About the only consistent has been that Liverpool look good on the ball. Whether they’ll be able to turn their play on the ball into goals and how they’ll look in defence has been a bit of a crapshoot.
On Wednesday, they got inconsistent finishing and defensive lapses. But at least they did look good if one ignored a lot of the stuff that took place in and around both goal areas. Still, it’s a little bit worrying that both the positives and the negatives were nothing new.
“The lads reacted brilliantly to come back and score a couple of goals,” Henderson added, focusing on the upside. “We could have scored a penalty as well. Overall, there are still a lot of positives to come out of the game, but we’re disappointed we haven’t taken three points.”