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Europa League: Brendan Rodgers rues a lack of quality as Liverpool blow it against minnows FC Sion

Liverpool 1-1 FC Sion

By Carl Markham

Published 02/10/2015

Drawing little comfort: Divock Origi sums up Liverpool’s mood at Anfield
Drawing little comfort: Divock Origi sums up Liverpool’s mood at Anfield

Liverpool's Europa League campaign continues to stutter and disappoint in equal measure after they were held at home by FC Sion to keep the heat firmly on boss Brendan Rodgers.

Adam Lallana's fourth-minute strike - his second goal in as many European matches - was cancelled out by Ebenezer Assifuah and the Reds failed to change the 1-1 scoreline in the remaining 73 minutes.

Lallana said: "We need to win our home games. We had enough chances. We wanted three points and we felt we created enough.

"No excuses, I should have had a second. Divock Origi had a few good opportunities.

"I'm sure the fans are frustrated. We have a massive game on Sunday (against Everton). The derby has spice in it and hopefully we can get three points."

Under-pressure Reds boss Rodgers said: "The result was disappointing considering the number of chances we created.

"We worked well and had a good start but gave away a disappointing goal.

"The players worked hard but we couldn't score the goals. You have to be clinical. We scored a good first goal.

"They weren't half chances, they were good chances and you have to score them at this level. We have to win a game like that."

The Ulsterman added: "This is where we find out about players like Divock Origi and others on the fringe.

"They will be important for us in games like these. Divock did well but he didn't score."

After an identical result in their opening match in Bordeaux, Rodgers stressed their form at Anfield would be the deciding factor.

He targeted three wins at home to get them out of Group B, but having now dropped two points they may have to recover those in either Kazan or in the return fixture against Sion in December.

Rodgers made seven changes from the win over Aston Villa, but just like Saturday's victory the hosts got the early goal as, for the first time in the few brief spells he has had on the pitch, Divock Origi offered a hint of the potential Liverpool spent £10million on last year.

The 20-year-old Belgium international produced a burst of pace which took him past Leo Lacroix on the right of the penalty area, from where he crossed for Lallana to finish.

And then, true to form, Liverpool conceded a soft equaliser when Nathaniel Clyne gave the ball away, and as it was transferred cross-field, Joe Gomez stepped out, leaving Jordon Ibe trailing behind Assifuah, who nipped in to shoot through Simon Mignolet's legs.

Origi had one chance just before the break but appeared to have lost some of his earlier verve and this time allowed Lacroix to recover.

Joe Allen then put Origi - by now Liverpool's only recognised striker after Danny Ings was replaced by Philippe Coutinho - clean through but he shot straight at Andris Vanins.

Lallana had the best chance to win it 16 minutes from time but shot straight at the goalkeeper with only Vanins to beat and for the second successive midweek match - after struggling past League Two Carlisle on penalties in the Capital One Cup - boos rang out at Anfield.

LIVERPOOL: Mignolet, Can, K Touré (Sakho 76), Gomez, Rossiter, Clyne (Moreno 45), Lallana, Allen, Ibe, Ings (Coutinho 61), Origi.

Goal: Lallana 4

Subs not used: Brannagan, Bogdan, Randall, Chirivella.

FC SION: Vanins, Zverotic, Lacroix, Ziegler, Pa Modou, Kouassi, Salatic, Fernandes, Assifuah (Ndoye 86), Konate (Mujangi Bia 90), Alves Garcia.

Goal: Assifuah 17

Subs not used: Zeman, Fickentscher, Vanczak, Rüfli, Follonier.

Man of the match: Assifuah

Match rating: 6/10

Referee: Slavko Vincic (Slovenia).

Belfast Telegraph

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