Europa League: Rodgers blasts wastefulness as Europa victory eludes Liverpool

Liverpool have also kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 10 Europa League matches at Anfield.

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Watch Rodgers speak of rebuilding after Thursday night’s 1-1 draw with Sion below.

“We are point behind Everton – I know the media and written press will build the game up but we will stay calm”.

“With every individual player you have to assess and analyse where they are physically”.

“Credit to them, they worked hard and defended well, but for us we are disappointed”.

“I haven’t spoken with the FA. But Liverpool versus Everton is just so tight”, Riedle said.

Brendan Rodgers believes a lack of support from England’s soccer authorities, more domestic cup ties and the intensity of the Premier League are to blame for the declining fortunes of English teams in Europe.

Sturridge’s absence from the squad is likely to give youngster Divock Origi another chance up front.

Cleary signed for Liverpool from Dublin side Crumlin United back in 2011, and made his first senior appearance in a pre-season friendly earlier this year.

Joe Gomez is keen to use the Europa League to continue his development after losing his starting place in the Liverpool team.

Rodgers will switch back to his first-choice line-up – which will include striker Daniel Sturridge fresh from his brace against Aston Villa last weekend – and insists Goodison Park holds no fear. “He is a young player who has excellent qualities”, he said. “Sion sit deep and then play a counter-attacking game”.

“Maybe this is the first time that we don’t have someone starting in the Merseyside derby from Merseyside, but this is a club which is very much looking for that talent”, he continued…

“He’s a humble guy”.

“He knows he will get opportunities and has settled in very well”.

Rodgers accepts criticism will come when his players fail to live up to expectations, and he had no issue with the booing from fans at the end of the draw with Sion.

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“It’s a long season and we will make progress as the season goes on”.

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