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Liverpool welcomed FC Sion to Anfield on Thursday night and whilst I was unable to watch the match this time out, just the highlights, I’ll do my best to give you a run down of the key events. As much as I love a good natter this is another boring factual post but don’t worry, I’ll have a rant on for the Merseyside Derby, I can almost guarantee that!
Rodgers made seven changes to the side that featured against Aston Villa at the weekend but he retained faith in some of his usual starters such as Mignolet and Ings.
The Reds didn’t take long at all to get off the mark in the game when Adam Lallana scored with a shot from the centre of the box. He was assisted by Origi who had been given a call up after playing a bit-part role recently.
While Liverpool appeared to gain some control during this portion of the game, Sion quickly put a stop to the Reds’ complacency after Assifuah netted for the away side on the 17 minute mark with a right footed effort.
Almost immediately afterwards it looked as though the Reds had regained their lead but the goal from Danny Ings was ruled offside.
The Reds continued to to apply some pressure in the remainder of the first half with Ibe and Can having to watch their efforts fail. Liverpool couldn’t find a goal though and therefore entered the second half level with their Swiss visitors.
At the start of the second half Alberto Moreno was immediately brought on to replace Nathaniel Clyne. From what I could tell whilst following live tweets, those watching the match were very frustrated with Clyne’s performance and so the substitution appeared to please many. I like Moreno to be fair, sometimes he gets caught being defensively naive having placed too much focus on an attacking opportunity however I think he’s getting better with time.
Four minutes into the second half, Kolo Toure hit the bar, that was a shock to say the least haha!
On the hour mark Danny Ings who had earlier learnt of his England call up was replaced with Philippe Coutinho. From the highlights alone (not much to go on I’m aware) it did appear as though Danny was having a bit of an off day but then again it doesn’t help when you’re out of position does it…
As the second half continued FC Sion gained confidence and continued to maintain their footing in the game. Assifuah the goalscorer was causing issues for Liverpool who had to deal with the growing attack.
At the 76 minute mark and still with no real hope of a winner Brendan Rodgers decided to replace Kolo Toure with Mamadou Sakho which appeared to be a bit of a pointless decision to be honest. Liverpool had collected eight shots on target at this point but had only converted once so you do sometimes find yourself questioning the calibre of the attack. But nevertheless, swapping defenders when you need a winner just doesn’t seem to add up?
As the half continued things got worse for the Reds and despite some chances from Philippe Coutinho it quickly became evident that Liverpool would be walking away with a draw.
I forgot to ask you for your thoughts on the game as I had to write this up in a bit of a rush cause I’m at Uni today so apologies for that. To be fair though it wouldn’t be hard to guess your reaction!
Next up for Liverpool is the Merseyside derby in what surely is a massive, massive game for Brendan Rodgers.
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Source: The Liver Bird