Liverpool need to be patient with Jurgen Klopp, says Paul Merson

Liverpool FC v Sevilla FC- UEFA Champions League

The Colombian played in Joaquin Correa for a 72nd minute equaliser in a game which finished 2-2.

"Managers don't know everything about the Premier League after being here for a year-and-a-half - it will take Klopp time". Joe Gomez at the other end was not as lucky and was indeed sent off in the dying moments of the game.

Mohamed Salah's Champions League debut goal with the Reds wasn't quite enough, despite an outstanding performance by the Egyptian forward who nearly snatched Liverpool their first win in the group stage.

Jurgen Klopp believes Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain is one of three players who could replace the suspended Sadio Mane against Burnley on Saturday. But more shoddy finishing let them down, and as Sevilla came back into the match, Anfield grew more nervous.

"However, in the second half when a similar thing took place, the ball came to me and we were losing and chasing the game, I still made a decision to throw the ball away to try and make up what I had done in the first half".

The former Liverpool midfielder, speaking on Irish TV channel RTE, said Klopp has not improved the team's defence or the squad overall in the last 18 months.




"We had plenty more chances to score, so we need to be more ruthless and go three or four up".

Owen said, "I thought they were brilliant for half an hour, 35 minutes in the first half".

"It is really interesting to play them because they are always on a really high level since I've been in the league".

The Senegal worldwide took a three-match ban and Coutinho looks the ideal replacement, having operated in the same left-sided role for most of last season.

An interesting what-if question I came across after the Manchester City game was - "What if Mohamed Salah had scored one or two of the several chances that Liverpool created before the Mane red card?"

Philippe Coutinho is set to start his first Liverpool game since trying to engineer a move to Barcelona when the Reds take on Burnley on Saturday, according to his coach Jurgen Klopp.

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