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Rodgers Disappointed With Draw

Liverpool only managed to get a 1-1 draw against Swiss side Sion in the Europa League on Thursday. The Reds are still looking for their first win in the tournament.

Manager Brendan Rodgers didn’t field his strongest XI, but was still displeased with only getting one point out of the game.

“We’re disappointed with the result,” Rodgers said at the post-match press conference.

“The story of the game was pretty obvious; we started the game well, got in front, gave away a poor goal and then created chances throughout the game and should have maybe won comfortably.

“But, unfortunately, we ended up drawing the game and we’re frustrated in the end.”

Liverpool has had some injury problems, and Rodgers spoke about the game plan heading into the match against Sion.

“We had a plan before the game that Nathaniel [Clyne] would play 45 and Alberto [Moreno] would play 45. We asked Danny Ings to play an hour.

“We’ve obviously got a number of injuries, hence the reason why we needed to protect one or two for this game.

“The only forced injury was obviously Kolo [Toure] coming off, but with the rest that was the plan before the game.”

Rodgers did indicate that Liverpool might field a stronger team going forward after two draws to Bordeaux and Sion to start the competition.

“There may well be,” Rodgers said.

“For this game, of course there were a number of players we needed to be careful with – players like Daniel [Sturridge] that were coming back from injury.

“There’s no doubt we want to qualify and get through into the knockout stages of the tournament, but we’re picking teams to get the result.

“Away in Bordeaux, there were a lot of young players playing that were getting great experience, but we’re still going up in the games.

“Maybe that little bit of lack of experience at times has not seen us hang onto the lead. Tonight, really the story was about the chances. We had enough chances to win the game, and that was really disappointing.”

 

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