Ex-Liverpool winger Steve McManaman has blasted his former club for only being able to record a 1-1 draw at home to mid-table Swiss side FC Sion in the Europa League this evening.
The Reds opened the scoring inside five minutes at Anfield through Adam Lallana but were unable to add to their tally after the Swiss side equalised from Ebenezer Assifuah’s smart finish.
Sion goalkeeper Andris Vanins was then the hero as he saved twice – the first to deny Origi again, before a top-class save with his feet from Lallana from point-blank range. I think it was good to see his great skill and quality for the first goal with the assist and then had a few good chances after that.
“Of course, we will play young players but I also respect that there are other players that will need games as well – and it’s a competition we want to get avictory in”.
We’ll have to wait three more days to learn whether Rodgers’ risk paid off. It doesn’t look too good at this point in time, as Sion held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw and maintained the top spot in Group B.
The retired Scotland global is a pundit for Sky Sports and expressed his opinion regarding Brendan Rodgers in his column previewing the Merseyside derby between Liverpool FC and Everton FC on Sunday.
“Unfortunately we ended up drawing and it was a little bit frustrating in the end”. “We’re disappointed and it’s two points lost”, said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.
“Daniel will be in around the squad“, said Antrim native Rodgers of Cleary.
And the replacements, especially Belgian forward Divock Origi, who was deputising for Daniel Sturridge, failed to take their chances.
“We started the game well and got in front”. Divock Origi impressed for Liverpool but he didn’t have his finishing boots on.
It seems that Liverpool are always a club in transition, although Rodgers is into his fourth season, so where is the consistency?
“When you’re not in the team you’ve got to be ready to come in, fit straight in and take it in your stride”. Kolo Toure, of all people, tries a spectacular bicycle kick after Sion fail to deal with the corner and it agonisingly strikes the bar and goes over. In the last Europa League game, we saw a lot of youngsters and fringe players in action and the same could happen against Sion.
Liverpool exploded into life, taking the lead after only four minutes as Origi broke down the right before cutting the ball back from the byline to the waiting Lallana, who made no mistake from six yards out.