Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool career is going only one way, Adam Lallana is capable of greatness and other things we learned from Liverpool 1 Sion 1.
Rodgers is a dead-man talking
Surely Anfield must be banging it’s head against the wall by now after listening to the same tune for so long? Tonight was the fourth home game in a row for Brendan Rodgers’ side, their seventh in the quest for a clean sheet and the latest installment of the Northern Irishman’s farewell tour. Again, Liverpool went ahead and, again, conceded almost immediately afterwards to a team they should be annihilating. Rodgers can speak dismissively of ‘hysteria’, but in reality that is precisely the mood on Merseyside.
Lallana can still be the star
Injuries and inconsistency has so far plagued Adam Lallana’s Liverpool career, but he can still be a huge part of the club’s future. He was everywhere tonight and his early goal was his second in European competition this season. Quick of wit and feet, Lallana is very un-English in many ways – he has the technique of a Spaniard. The question is can he produce the goods regularly in matches and reduce his tendency to go missing? Tonight, be began and finished off the first goal, should have got the winner and the feeling persists that if he can tot up ten games on the bounce, he can yet justify that £25million fee and be the player that everyone anticipates he can become.
Rossiter is the real scouser deal
Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler, Phil Thompson, these are the hallowed names of some of Liverpool’s most revered home-grown stars. They represent sky-high heights, but Jordan Rossiter is the best equipped challenger Liverpool have had in a while to hit the big time. Given his chance to play the entire 90 minutes in central midfield, he demonstrated genuine composure on the ball and threw in a few Gerrard-esque passes for good measure. The authoritative 18-year-old has all the hallmarks of a future scouse star.
Ibe is wasted at wing-back
Jordan Ibe is not a wing-back. The youngster has everything Liverpool need from a winger, directness and a scorching pace, but he is not at his most comfortable when asked to help out with defensive duties. Deployed on the right flank, with Nathaniel Clyne moved out to the left side of the three-man back line, Ibe was caught napping for Sion’s equaliser and could not cope with his defensive duties. Rodgers needs to make better use of him.
No room for Origi
The two Dans are inked in to spearhead Liverpool’s attack in the Merseyside derby after Divock Origi did little to suggest he is ready to be fast-tracked into the Premier League team. The Belgian will get minutes, most likely in Europe and cup ties, and he showed some promising signs tonight. He is fast, powerful and looks a different proposition with a strike partner, but his rawness means that he is miles off dislodging Liverpool’s top two. He lacks composure in the box and his finishing needs considerable improvement.