Liverpool media round-up: Rodgers on immense Sakho, Chirivella comments on debut

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Friday morning...

Liverpool managed to kick off their Europa League campaign with a 1-1 with Bordeaux in France last night.

Despite what is a good result, the Reds will have been disappointed to let a lead slip given the equaliser came 10 minutes from the end of the game.

Adam Lallana got on the scoresheet as manager Brendan Rodgers made eight changes from the side that lost to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

A lot of the focus before the game was on the younger players getting experience, and the role of Mamadou Sakho, who the club want to tie down to a new deal but it was only the Frenchman's first appearance of the season, and he will want more playing time before committing to a new contract.

Rodgers was full of praise for Sakho, who captained the Reds, after last night's display, and is quoted in the Liverpool Echo as saying: "Sakho was immense at the back. He knows he has had to be patient and his attitude has been first class.

“He has trained very well, kept professional, done his extra work on his fitness and he has got his rewards for that. He certainly comes into the reckoning for the weekend (against Norwich).”

That will certainly encourage Liverpool fans, who have been dismayed by the past couple of Premier League performances from the centre-back partnership of Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren, who were both omitted from the squad and left to train on Merseyside.

One man who made his competitive debut last night for the Reds was Pedro Chirivella, who replaced Kolo Toure early on in the game and partnered Jordan Rossiter in the heart of the midfield, like he has done at youth level. 

The 18-year-old told the Liverpool Echo: “With it being my first game there were a few nerves but I just tried to focus on playing well for the team.

“I think it was a very good performance from us away from home and a good point for us.

“We’ve played together for the past two years and support each other. It was great to be out there with him.

“Liverpool is a team that always gives chances to young players and that gives you motivation as a youngster."

Attentions now turn to the weekend's Premier League match against Norwich City at Anfield, which is being seen as a must-win game for the Reds.

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