Player ratings: Liverpool's youngsters perform admirably in Bordeaux

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Liverpool's much changed side started their Europa League campaign with a point against Bordeaux.

If you had offered Liverpool a point last night ahead of their Europa League encounter with Bordeaux, they will have taken it after two poor Premier League defeats, but given that they led going into the closing stages of the game it would be hard not to be disappointed with the draw.

Still the Reds are very much favourites to qualify from their group and with two home matches up next they have the perfect opportunity to take command of Group B. 

Eight changes were made from the side that lost to Manchester United and plenty of youngsters were given their opportunity to show what kind of effect they could have on the first team.

Overall there was a fair bit to be positive about, even if it wasn't the most enthralling encounter. 

Below are our player ratings: 

Simon Mignolet - 7

Couldn't do anything for the equalising goal and made a couple of good saves at important moments. Tried to command his area and seems a little more comfortable with a back three in front of him, although there were times when communication with his defenders could have been better.

Joe Gomez - 6

Having played left-back in back four, it was interesting to see what the summer signing from Charlton could do in a back three. He seemed to play well at the heart of the three, looked strong in the air and seemed to relish a physical battle, but like with Emre Can, there will be questions as to whether he could've help prevent the equaliser from happening.

Kolo Toure - 5

Unfortunate for him to get injured early on in the game after a clash with Mignolet, although it was one of two occasions when he seemed to take the ball off the goalkeeper even when he gave him a clear shout. Did nothing wrong otherwise.

Mamadou Sakho - 8

The case for him to be part of Liverpool's starting XI will have only strengthened after this display. Strong, no nonsense, composed. Whether you rate him or not, he seems to be the Reds' best defender and it seems silly to omit him from the first XI for much longer. Regular game time could also lead to a new contract for the Frenchman.

Jordon Ibe - 5

Without doubt a promising player, but he seemed to switch off too many times last night and never really backed himself. Going through a difficult spell.

Emre Can - 6

Started off in midfield then went to the back three when Toure was taken off. Looked a little lost in the midfield, which has been the story of his season so far, and a bit more sure of himself in the back line, though it will be asked as to whether he could've done more to prevent the equaliser.

Jordan Rossiter - 8

A very impressive European debut for one of Liverpool's current rare local talents. One of the most composed performances from a Liverpool midfielder so far this season, looked strong in the tackle and did the basics well before he cramped up and had to be substituted. The Reds should feel confident of using him in future games.

Alberto Moreno - 7

Did very little wrong in his role as the left wing-back and looked a threat going forward, but more importantly no-one from the home side got the better of him. Encouraging.

Philippe Coutinho - 7

A constant bright spark and a couple of chances came his way, including one that shook the woodwork. Will have been disappointed not to have scored.

Adam Lallana - 6

Took a while for Lallana to grow into the game but he was playing in a system that clearly suited him. Needs to be stronger on the ball but started to find rhythm with Coutinho and took his goal well.

Divock Origi - 5

Looked isolated during his time on the field, which is a familiar story with Christian Benteke this season, so support to the striker is something Brendan Rodgers is going to have to work on. Definitely more to come from the young man, though.


Pedro Chirivella - 6

An earlier introduction into the action than he would've been expecting but put in a calm performance, even if there were the odd stray passes. The fact he and Rossiter played a lot together at youth level was obvious as they managed to gradually get a foothold in the game for the visitors.

Danny Ings - 6

A performance reminiscent of Dirk Kuyt when he came on to the field as he never stopped running. A delicious touch from a ball over the top gave him the opportunity to wrap up the win for Liverpool but was denied by the goalkeeper.

Cameron Brannagan - 5

Did nothing of note after being introduced into the game so late. Will be keen to get more game time in the future.

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