Joel Matip was at a loss to explain the defensive lapses which cost Liverpool victory against Sevilla in the Champions League.
The Reds dominated the Group E clash at Anfield but only emerged with a point as familiar frailties were exposed.
Sevilla pounced on a blunder by Matip’s centre-back partner Dejan Lovren to take the lead through Wissam Ben Yedder.
The La Liga outfit’s second goal was down to a collective failure as the Reds switched off from a throw-in. Substitute Luis Muriel was given time and space to pick out Joaquin Correa, who wasn’t tracked prior to curling past Loris Karius.
“It’s hard to say (what went wrong),” Matip said.
“Every player acts for the defence. The two goals don’t look too good.
“They used their chances. Sometimes one or two goals have to be enough to win a game.
“We’ll have to look at them again and see another solution to do better next time. We have to learn from this and ensure it does not happen again.”
Despite the deep sense of frustration, Matip insists little damage was done to the Reds’ hopes of advancing to the knockout stages.
With Maribor drawing 1-1 at home to Spartak Moscow, all four clubs in Group E boast a point with a trip to Russia next up for Liverpool later this month.
“It was not easy, especially after conceding an early goal but we came back and showed what…