Writing in his column for the Telegraph, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has highlighted Yevhen Konoplyanka as one of the main threats his former club will face tonight, and explained how the Reds can deal with him.
The Liverpool squad are in Basel ahead of their Europa League final against Sevilla and the LA Galaxy man pinpointed Konoplyanka as a threat, and believes Reds boss Jürgen Klopp will need a plan to nullify him.
"There needs to be a plan to deal with Yevhen Konoplyanka," Gerrard said. "He has pace, dribbling ability and – as we saw for England when playing against Ukraine at Wembley – great ability with his combination play around the penalty area and eye for goal. The key is to keep him on his left foot."
Liverpool have every reason to be confident tonight, with their best performances this season coming in the Europa League. However they must be wary of the Spanish side, who have an unrivalled pedigree in this competition. Much like the Reds, they have saved their best form for European competition while struggling in the league, finishing seventh in La Liga.
Gerrard believes that Sevilla should be worried about the threats possessed by his former side, too, highlighting how they ripped apart Villarreal at Anfield in the semi-final.
"For all that, I’m sure the Spanish side will have their concerns about the way Liverpool have gone about their work in Europe," he added. "Liverpool demonstrated the gap in quality between the two leagues – beyond that top three - is exaggerated when they outplayed and at times outclassed Villarreal."
If Klopp can bring a European trophy back to Merseyside in his first year at the club, his debut season must be judged as a success, although fans will expect a more serious assault on the title next year.