Sevilla started and finished Tuesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw away to Liverpool as the better side. A goal inside five minutes from Wissam Ben Yedder put the hosts on the back foot but, after Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah put Jurgen Klopp’s side in front, the Andalusian outfit were forced to rely on a late Joaquin Correa effort to seal a point they probably didn’t deserve.
And while Dejan Lovren’s defensive display meant he bore the brunt of most Liverpool supporters' criticism, his wild air kick gifting Sevilla the early opener, Emre Can’s display left a lot to be desired in the centre of the park.
The German international has announced himself as one of the Premier League’s most promising midfielders in the early weeks of the new season but those impeccably high standards slipped somewhat against Sevilla at Anfield.
He hit the target with just one of his five attempts on goal, dragging one particularly presentable left footed chance wide. Furthermore, Can found a team-mate with just 73 per cent of his passes on Tuesday evening before being replaced by a returning Phillipe Coutinho late on.
A rating of one star from a possible five by Spanish daily Marca may seem a little harsh but Liverpool fans know that Emre Can can do better and, if Liverpool are to progress as group winners, he needs to get back to his dominating best in the Champions League.
Otherwise Coutinho may take his place for good.