Brendan Rodgers quashes Divock Origi loan talk, confirms changes for Sion

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Brendan Rodgers has addressed the media ahead of Liverpool's Europa League tie against Sion at Anfield on Thursday night.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed there will be changes made for Thursday night's Europa League tie against Sion at Anfield.

Rodgers made several changes to his side for the 1-1 draw against Bordeaux, which saw many younger and squad players given a chance to impress - with Jordan Rossiter, Pedro Chirivella and Divock Origi all given rare run outs.

Rodgers told reporters, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: "Our approach to this game will be how it's been in the competition so far. It's an opportunity for players on the fringes."

The Reds will be hoping to make it two wins in as many games in all competitions, and a win against the Swiss side will take them to the top of Group B. 

He said: "It's a game where we're going to need to be patient. Sion sit deep and then play a counter attacking game."

Rodgers was asked about the chances that one youngster in particular will get, in Divock Origi, who arrived at Anfield this summer following a big-money move from Lille but spent last season on loan at the Ligue 1 club. The Reds boss denied that he will be leaving again on loan in the winter window.

He added: "He had his loan period last year. This year is about him coming in and adapting. We'll review where he's at at the end of the season.

"The focus on Divock is goals and games. It takes time to adapt. For us it's about nurturing talent along.

"He's a humble guy, he knows he's here to develop. It's a big step."

Daniel Sturridge, however, won't be playing, with Rodgers saying he is going to keep him fresh for the weekend's Merseyside derby, and has said the forward is not yet fit enough to be playing two games in four days.

He did say, however, that he is prepared for him to be picked by England for the international break next week.

"Daniel has worked hard and come back ahead of schedule but we have to make sure we don't break him.

"He gives us quality at the final third of the field." 

Jordan Rossiter is also expected to feature in midweek, while Joe Gomez - who was at the press conference with Rodgers - is also likely to be handed an opportunity, having been on the bench since the Bordeaux clash.

The 18-year-old, who signed from Charlton in the summer, said: "It was a bonus for me to come in and start the first few games of the season. But now I have to keep working hard."

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