Match Report: Liverpool V FC Sion

Liverpool were tonight frustrated yet again in the Europa League as they drew to FC Sion in a forgettable affair.

The Anfield crowd were quickly on their feet as Adam Lallana gave Brendan Rodgers’ side an early lead in the fourth minute, finishing from close range after Divock Origi’s cross.

Liverpool’s Swiss opponents levelled soon after as Ebenezer Assifuah latched onto a through ball before slotting past Simon Mignolet. Xavier Kouassi’s took full advantage of Nathaniel Clynne’s misplaced pass as he immediately set up his teammate to equalize.

Both sides failed to capitalise on promising moments of attacking play, setting the tone for a rather lackluster and predictable affair.

The introduction of Alberto Moreno for Liverpool at half time gave the home side some more life, with the full back injecting some added pace and directness down the left hand side.

Divock Origi had chances to win the game after the interval, collecting a neat through ball by Philippe Coutinho in behind the opposition defence and finding himself one on one with the keeper, only to be denied on both occasions by the impressive Andris Vaņins.

Adam Lallana also failed to make the most of a good chance as he saw his shot saved having found himself with time and space in the penalty area after controlling Alberto Moreno’s cross.

Sion, too, had chances of their own as Assifuah produced some strong forward play to hold off Joe Gomez before turning and striking a left footed shot which was palmed away by Mignolet.

Jordan Rossiter retained his place in the Liverpool starting line-up after exhibiting his composure and maturity against Bordeaux last time out. The youngster was one of few obvious positives for Liverpool fans to take from the game. He persisted to remain assured and strong in his tackles while he also presented a growth in confidence as he looked to spray cross balls passes at several points during the game.

Pressure…

Anfield very much reflected the ominous mood surrounding the club at the moment. The chants of Sion’s fans were all that could be heard at some points throughout the match, reiterating the unhappiness amongst the Liverpool fans.

Brendan Rodgers remains under huge pressure following another disappointing result and performance. The upcoming week could be one to keep an eye on with Liverpool scheduled to face Everton in the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park this Sunday. The players have to bounce back- for their own sake and the sake of their Manager’s future.

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