Brendan Rodgers left frustrated after Sion earn a draw at Liverpool

However, with the Merseyside derby at Everton looming on Sunday he will not be involved in Thursday’s Europa League tie at home to Sion.

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Adam Lallana got them off to the ideal start, but Ebenezer Assifuah earned the Swiss minnows a share of the points.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers made wholesale changes to the side which beat Aston Villa at the weekend. You’ve got to be clinical. With our threat, we created a lot of chances, unfortunately we didn’t manage to score the second goal that would’ve given us the victory we wanted.

“If you look at the amount of money Liverpool have spent in the last three seasons they need to be favourites and carry the expectation”.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that it does not matter which team are considered favourites to win the Merseyside derby on Sunday afternoon. We still have a few outstanding players to come back in. I enjoy being here and enjoy the challenge of working with these players.

“We should be sat here having won 4-1 against Sion, and everyone talking about our young players but you have to take your chances”.

Under Brendan Rodgers stewardship, Liverpool have dropped to the level of Swansea City, in other words a mid-table team that depends exclusively on one or two players to win games “Sturridge and Ings”.

Liverpool provisional squad: Mignolet, Toure, Gomez, Can, Ibe, Allen, Rossiter, Moreno, Lallana, Ings, Origi, Bogdan, Skrtel, Sakho, Randall, Cleary, Chrivella, Brannagan, Milner, Lucas, Coutinho, Teixeira.

Whilst we agree the Reds would have been a better side with Sturridge available, we’re unsure as to whether one man can single-handedly perform a miracle. We’ve drawn games this season which we should have won, but we’re a couple of points off the top four.

Just past the hour mark Origi had another top chance as he was put through by Allen, but he tried to power his shot home instead of placing it and saw Vanins block it with his legs.

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It seemed only a matter of time until they doubled the lead, only for Sion to knock the stuffing out of them with an equaliser against the run of play.

Joe Gomez