Five things learned about Liverpool in their 1-1 draw with Sion

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Liverpool were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Swiss side Sion at Anfield in the Europa League.

After the victory over Aston Villa at the weekend in the Premier League, Liverpool would have been hoping for back-to-back wins to carry them into the Merseyside derby, but it was another abject display after a bright start as they were held at home by FC Sion.

Adam Lallana gave the home side the lead early on, only for Ebenezer Assifuah to level the game up after some sloppy play from the home side allowed the visitors to get a foothold.

Though Liverpool had plenty of chances to win the game, they failed to get the crucial goal that would have kept some sort of momentum building, and allowed them to take control of Group B. Instead, they are level on points with Bordeaux in second place and two points behind Sion, who are top.

Here are five things to take from Thursday's game: 

Mignolet's poor form seems to be on its way back, if it isn't here already

Some poor punches in games gone by, and uncertainty is creeping back into his game. He should've been off his line far quicker for Assifuah's equaliser to smother the ball, instead he stayed at home too long and allowed the Sion forward to squeeze the ball past him - while there were a couple of other strikes he did save but really ought to have held on to. The Belgian looks nervous all of a sudden.

Divock Origi is either a confidence player or needs to work on his finishing

The teenager was a threat with his pace when he was allowed to stretch his legs but he had three good opportunities to restore Liverpool's lead, and two of them should have been buried. It's probably a case of both confidence and work needed, but you can't help but feel if he had a goal under his belt prior to the game he may have taken one of the opportunities presented to him.

Different players but same abject display

That's not to say every player was abject - Joe Allen and Jordan Rossiter were okay in the middle while Adam Lallana looked bright, but overall it was a display a lot like that put in against Carlisle. After giving them a foothold in the game it was just toil, and despite the chances there was never really any overriding feeling that the Reds would hit the front again.

With no Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool look toothless

Then again we already knew that, didn't we? No calm head in front of goal to put the simple ball away and the opposition's defence didn't get stretched nearly as much. It's worrying that Liverpool are again resting their hopes on a player who has only just returned from an injury nightmare.

Three at the back is a conundrum when it comes to options

Some will say three at the back doesn't work, when in reality it suits Liverpool's players more, but there are still a lack of options that the side can rely on - notably on the flanks - and this needs to be addressed given the hectic schedule the Reds face. 

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