Liverpool 1-1 FC Sion: Lallana opener cancelled out in well fought draw

Liverpool and FC Sion played out an entertaining draw at Anfield in the latest round of Europa League Group Stage matches.

Adam Lallana fired his side ahead on four minutes following a Divock Origi cut back being dispatched by the Englishman. Sion levelled arguably against the run of play as Ebenezer Assifuah levelled thanks to a poor pass from Nathaniel Clyne.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers made wholesale changes to the side which beat Aston Villa at the weekend. Stars such as Phillippe Coutinho, James Milner, Lucas Leiva and Daniel Sturridge were rested.

These changes were perhaps Rodgers having one eye on the Merseyside Derby at the weekend, in came 'fringe players' such as Jordon Ibe, Jordan Rossiter, Joe Gomez and Danny Ings, who's been announced in Roy Hodgson's latest England squad.

Early Opener

It didn't take the Reds long to break the deadlock, with Lallana connecting to an exquisite cut-back from Origi to put Liverpool ahead. Sion appealed for offside but Origi ran it brilliantly to the right byline, before cutting the pass to Lallana, and the former Southampton man made no mistake.

Liverpool were well on top for the opening segment of the game, with chance after chance coming their way. Joe Allen sent a pass to Ings, but his ball was too strong and meant the striker couldn't get a solid effort on it.

However despite their dominance and against the run of play, Sion were back in it. Clyne's poor pass was picked up on by Xavier Kouassi, who played a wonderful ball over the top to striker Assifuah, who chested it down before firing past Simon Mignolet.

Sion No Pushovers

This game was alive with action as minutes later Liverpool had the ball in the back of the net again, only for it to be ruled out for offside. Ings was adjudged to have been offside when he put Clyne's pass into the net.

Sion were certainly up for the challenge and the goal gave them the confidence to take the game to Liverpool. However on the half hour mark Ings missed a glorious chance to put the Reds ahead.

He lost his man and received Lallana's pass from the left, it wasn't the greatest of balls but Ings should have really done better as he kicked thin air.

There was one more big chance on the stroke of half time as Origi was in acres of space in the box, but was trying to get the ball on his stronger foot, with a Sion defender clearing it before he could do so.

End To End Game

The second half saw Liverpool come out firing as Kolo Toure attempted a somewhat overhead kick which clipped the crossbar on it's way over. Origi continued to lack attacking prowess up front as he was one on one following a great ball from Allen beat the Sion defence, but the Belgian couldn't finish.

At the other end Assifuah almost had his second as Vero Salatic slid a pass into the box for the striker but Mignolet managed to clear the ball and any danger. Liverpool were starting to pile on the pressure as Lallana managed to control Alberto Moreno's well timed pass but he could only fire at Andris Vanin's legs.

Nether side could find a breakthrough as Sion take a hard-earned point back to Switzerland, Liverpool however will be wondering how they didn't manage to win this game, with Origi not yet showing signs he's ready to get his first Liverpool goal following another night of plenty of shots but no end product.

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