Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp addresses Philippe Coutinho's performance

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (C) vies with Sevilla's Argentinian defender Nicolas Pareja (R) during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match between Liverpool...

Liverpool boss admits Brazilian is still off the pace.

Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool comes on for Emre Can of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at Anfield on September 13, 2017 in...

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told the club's website that Philippe Coutinho's performance last night was a positive in the long term.

Coutinho came off the bench for the final 15 minutes of their Champions League clash at Anfield against Sevilla, and received a warm reception despite his recent transfer wrangle with Barcelona.

Coutinho managed 18 touches and created one chance as the Reds drew their Champions League opener 2-2.

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool reacts during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at Anfield on September 13, 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Klopp admits Coutinho is still working his way back to match sharpness, and was below par.

He said: "Phil trained in the last few days really, really well but tonight and tonight a few situations were not too lucky and he was without rhythm.

"But it helped him he could play tonight and it helped us in the long term, for sure, so all OK."

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho (C) vies with Sevilla's Argentinian defender Nicolas Pareja (R) during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match between Liverpool...

Liverpool were pegged back by Sevilla after going a goal down after just five minutes.

Strikes from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah had put them in front before Joaquin Correa scored a late equaliser for the La Liga side.

The positive for Liverpool was that the other game between Maribor and Spartak Moscow also ended in a draw.

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