Five things learned about Liverpool from their Europa League opener with Bordeaux

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Adam Lallana's strike was cancelled out late on as Liverpool drew 1-1 with Bordeaux in the Europa League.

There was a lot to comment on from Liverpool's display on Thursday night. There were massive changes from the two Premier League defeats to West Ham United and Manchester United - not just in the personnel, but the system had a different, and familiar look to it as well.

Given the changes, there was plenty to learn from both the individuals on display and just how Brendan Rodgers' tactics seem to work, or don't, for certain areas of the side. 

Here are five things to take from Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Bordeaux: 

Isolated frontman is no accident

For the opening games of the Premier League season, Liverpool appear to have operated with a 4-3-3/4-4-1-1 formation, and in a few of the games Christian Benteke has appeared isolated. Last night, Divock Origi was the man who found himself isolated, with there little support for him despite the change in system. It's a conundrum Rodgers needs to solve if he is to get some positive results and performances. 

Surprising and encouraging composure from youngsters

It was striking that even when in their own danger zones, the likes of Jordan Rossiter and Joe Gomez were calm on the ball and looked to find a sensible pass to a teammate. Liverpool were criticised for their awful passing display at Old Trafford. Though the youngsters were given more time to play their way out of danger, it looked something of a lesson for the senior players to learn from.

Jordon Ibe is hard to fit into current set up

Without doubt, Jordon Ibe is a very talented player, but wherever he plays in a Liverpool team at the moment it seems difficult to fit him in. He's either playing too far forward to be effective on the front foot, or in a position where he needs to put in a shift defensively. Last night there too many times when he switched off, and that is something he needs to work on, because it's hard to see him being used as an orthodox right-sided midfielder in the near future. 

Three at the back seems to suit Liverpool

Maybe it was something that Rodgers hastily discarded from March onwards last season, but three at the back seemed to suit Liverpool's personnel better. They managed to impose themselves on the game and there were more players operating in roles they felt comfortable in. It would seem a bit off if this is just a system for a second string XI.

Mamadou Sakho has to start

Rate him or not, the Frenchman has to be Liverpool's best defender. He has more composure than either of Martin Skrtel or Dejan Lovren and doesn't fall over under the slightest amount of pressure. There is also the added ingredient that regular game time is more likely to get him to sign a new deal with the club.

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