Bordeaux 1-1 LFC: Liverpool second-string halt run of defeats

Europa League Group Stage Game 1
Thursday 17 September 2015 - 6:00 pm
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, France
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A youthful looking Liverpool side were held to a late draw in the opening game in Group B of the Europa League.

After two poor defeats in the Premier League pressure is growing on the manager Brendan Rodgers - this European away trip providing the perfect opportunity to try some of the kids.

Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure were returned to central defence - but they were not the only ones - Joe Gomez also joined in as the reds switched back to what has become an emergency formation for Brendan - 3-4-2-1.

Mamadou Sakho captained LFC in his native France

Mamadou Sakho captained LFC in his native France

Moreno and Ibe occupied the wings - with Emre Can and Jordan Rossiter taking up the central midfield.

Coutinho and Lallana were picked to provide support for Origi who made his first start for the reds up front.

Origi was as starved for service as Benteke has been in recent weeks.  Coutinho was Liverpool's major bright spark in the first half - a chance going narrowly wide and a shot returned off the post just before half time.

It was Bordeaux who had the better chances as Liverpool struggled to adopt to the new formation.

Matters were not helped when Mignolet crashed into Kolo Toure early on.  The dead leg that Kolo suffered eventually led to his withdrawal in the 28th minute.

On came Pedro Chirivella for his Liverpool debut.  The 18 year old was moved to central midfield alongside youngster Rossiter, with Emre Can dropping back into central defence.

Despite a poor first half Adam Lallana managed to break the deadlock for Liverpool in the 65th minute.  The goal had arrived during a good 10 minute spell for Liverpool.

Picking the ball up from Moreno he nutmegged Pablo before firing into the far corner.

There were more changes ahead for Liverpool - Ings replacing Origi up front and another debutant - Cameron Brannagan coming on for Jordan Rossiter to maintain the youthful look to Liverpool's central midfield.

Bordeaux finished the game in the ascendancy and their goal duly arrived - Joe Gomez and Emre Can guilty of ball-watching allowing Brazilian substitute Jussiê to ghost in at the far post and fire past Mignolet.

Mamadou Sakho staked an excellent claim for a return to the starting line up and Coutinho showed sparks of the skills that were missing at Old Trafford.

Lallana continues to prove complicated - drifting out of games for too long before providing a goal from nowhere.

In light of Liverpool's recent results, the youthful nature of the team and this being a European away game - it was probably a well won point for Liverpool.

But the performance was still lacking in several areas - all eyes will now be on Anfield for this weekends game against Norwich City.

Group B after first group games

Group B Europa League 2015-16 Game 1