The 5 biggest villains of the piece as Liverpool crumble in Basel

Liverpool meekly capitulated in the world’s most neutral country this evening as a second half nightmare saw the Reds let a lead slip in the Europa League final.

In fact they didn’t just let it slip, they entirely chucked it away.

After dominating the first-half and putting themselves ahead through a wonderful finish from Daniel Sturridge, the interval seemed to come at the very worst time.

For just 17 seconds later, Sevilla would level proceedings after Alberto Moreno seemed to briefly think he was still employed by his boyhood charges.

A quick-fire double from Coke put Los Nervionenses ahead and the Merseyside giants who have such an astonishing pedigree in continental competition on their knees.

Simply put, it was a game of two halves. Perhaps that’s not the most profound footballing insight you’ll ever, though the sentiment rings true nonetheless.

As good as the plucky La Liga side were, and have been in this realm for the last three years, much of the blame must lie with some of the Liverpool players.

After a wonderful run in the competition and perhaps the most stunning European comeback since Istanbul, a number of player let them down this evening in Switzerland.

Who exactly? Well take a look at the five biggest villains of the piece.

Alberto Moreno

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Surely, tonight will be the final nail in Alberto Moreno’s coffin when it comes to any sort of future at Anfield.

While the Spaniard is often commended for his forays forward, his defensive work leaves a lot to be desired.

Tonight was the biggest example of that. All he had to do was the head the ball clear and Sevilla would have the momentum that led to their opening goal knocked out of them.

However, a poor header kept the attack going and he was then nutmegged as they pushed to the byline for an easy tap in.

Dreadful.

Adam Lallana

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Adam Lallana has blossomed under Jurgen Klopp, though much of the frustration surrounding the 28-year old midfielder in his opening season at Anfield could well be levelled at him tonight.

Some nice touches shouldn’t mask the fact the England international was ineffective at best, particularly in areas he’s expected to create.

Really needs to step his game up in big fixtures to be taken seriously.

Philippe Coutinho

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So often Liverpool’s saviour, Philippe Coutinho was almost entirely absent this evening.

The brilliant Brazilian stayed far too wide, and while that works in good periods for the Reds, his lack of defensive diligence leaves far too much space in central areas.

Rarely, could he rectify it with his elegance on the ball, often running into traffic.

Emre Can

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Emre Can’s injury looked as if it had left him a little rusty. Understandable perhaps, though that’ll provide the Liverpool fans little consolation.

Where he often looks composed on the ball, the 22-year old was sloppy in his first touch all evening, leading to the second goal that swung the momentum for Sevilla.

Daniel Sturridge

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Including Daniel Sturridge in this list may seem a little odd considering the nature of his opening goal.

Still, other than that, the England international did little the way of penetrative running in behind the defence.

Far too often he dropped deep and his lack of energy in the press disrupted the shape, allowing Sevilla to overrun the Reds in the latter stages.