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Jurgen Klopp more concerned with Yasser Larouci injury than Liverpool's defeat to Sevilla

European champions suffer back-to-back losses in the United States, but the talking point was Joris Gagnon's outrageous kick in the 76th minute

Liverpool's Yasser Larouci by Sevilla player Joris Gnagnon during the pre-season friendly in Boston. AFP
Liverpool's Yasser Larouci by Sevilla player Joris Gnagnon during the pre-season friendly in Boston. AFP

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp played down his team's latest pre-season defeat after the European champions fell to a 2-1 loss to 10-man Sevilla in Boston on Sunday.

Klopp was more concerned about the injury sustained by Yasser Larouci, who was stretchered off after Joris Gagnon's outrageous kick in the 76th minute. Gnagnon was shown a straight red card after sweeping one of the Frenchman's legs out from underneath him, toppling him to the pitch where his head bounced hard on the ground.

"[It's] much too early in the season to create headlines with saying the things I think about the situation," Klopp said at his post-match press conference, where he added that it appeared that the 18-year-old Larouci was "lucky" in terms of avoiding serious injury.

"But of course, how it always is with these things we have to wait a little bit. I don't know 100 per cent. It looks like he was lucky but I only spoke quickly to the doc and that's what he said, but we have to see."

Even with the Spaish outfit reduced to 10 men, Liverpool were unable find a way ahead, and Pozo sealed it in the 90th minute as he smoothly collected a pass from Munir El Haddadi, rounded Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet and knocked the winner into an unguarded net.

Sevilla had enjoyed the majority of scoring chances on a sweltering evening at Fenway Park - home of the World Series champions Boston Red Sox. Both Liverpool and the Red Sox are owned by groups led by John W Henry.

Players were granted water breaks in the hot, humid conditions, and even the pitch created on the baseball diamond received extra water during the match.

The pro-Liverpool crowd weren't treated to many of the club's stars as Brazilian internationals Roberto Firmino and Alisson were both absent following their Copa America campaign along, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both missing due to the Africa Cup of Nations.

As in a 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Friday in Indiana, there was some shaky defending from Liverpool.

Nolito's powerful shot in the 37th minute past Liverpool starting goalkeeper Andy Lonergan was Sevilla's reward after a half-hour of pressure.

Liverpool's equaliser came off a scrappy set piece as Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner was kept alive by Nat Phillips, the ball falling to an unmarked Divock Origi who swept in from close range in the 44th.

Updated: July 22, 2019 09:53 AM

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