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Reds Top The Group After Snore Draw

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Well, that was a drab affair to say the least. The Reds may have gone through to the round of 32, topping their group in the process but they couldn't get the better of FC Sion on Thursday night after failing to find the back of the net.

It was a stereotypical group game from the Europa League and perhaps highlights why some fans get so frustrated with the competition but the positive is, the Reds are through and were also unbeaten in the group. The 0-0 draw doesn't boost confidence levels for the Reds who did utilise some key players such as Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho.

FC Sion were relatively ineffective during the game but obviously remained cautious as they sought to progress with Liverpool to the next stage of the competition. Some wild shots at goal from the home side perhaps highlighted by an effort from Mujangi Bia late in the second half meant Simon Mignolet had very little to deal with.

Liverpool perhaps put in a slightly better performance attack wise bu…

MATCH PREVIEW: FC Sion V Liverpool

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After failing to beat Newcastle on Sunday afternoon the Reds will be hoping to get back on track with a win against FC Sion in the Europa League this Thursday. Liverpool have already guaranteed progression to the round of 32 but could also top the group providing they avoid defeat.

Injury news has been the top story for the Reds this week as over the past 24 hours Kopites were made aware that Daniel Sturridge has in fact picked up a hamstring injury. The severity of the injury isn't clear but it's a worrying time for Liverpool fans who find their patience levels wavering. Also unavailable for the Reds is Mamadou Sakho and Philippe Coutinho, however the latter did return to training on Wednesday.

For FC Sion they are unable to call upon Birama Ndoye who is suspended for this fixture. Moussa Konate has a fractured hand and so will not feature in this clash. There is also a doubt hanging over Martin Zeman who suffered an ankle injury recently.

The Reds first meeting with FC Sion…

Reds Could Only Muster A Draw Against Sion

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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 immediate…

MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool V FC Sion

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It's Thursday tomorrow and you know what that means... Another Europa League tie for the Reds. Whilst it's particularly difficult to get excited about a visit from FC Sion it's important for Liverpool to collect a win because anything other than victory would quite frankly be embarrassing.

With one eye on a massive Merseyside derby though, Brendan Rodgers has already hinted that he will be fielding a weaker side having stated Daniel Sturridge will not feature. Whilst I think this is a sensible idea especially considering Sturridge has only just returned, I fear that reducing the strength of the squad drastically could backfire for Brendan.

If you want to know more about FC Sion, you can read my Europa League round up post over on Shoot. A fact I've learnt since then however is that Gennaro Gattuso used to play for them and even had a spell as player manager!

Form wise, both clubs are arguably having unsteady spells. In their last six in all competitions FC Sion have w…