Five things learned about Liverpool in 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan

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Liverpool came from behind to draw 1-1 with Russian side Rubin Kazan in their Europa League Group B clash.

It may not have been the Anfield debut he was hoping for, but Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool does have a slightly different look and feel to it, even if the results feel all too familiar. 

The 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan still leaves his side as favourites to qualify from Group B, with three draws putting the Reds outright second with three games to play, but they will be hoping for a stronger second half to the group in order to secure a safe passage to the knockout stages. 

An underwhelming result in the early days of the new era, so how much was there to learn? Here are five things to consider: 

With quality and fitness it could click: 

Watch the final 15 minutes in isolation. Okay, they're playing against 10 men, but one thing Liverpool did do is open Kazan up, and looked like doing so a little more frequently with the introduction of Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino. The worry for Klopp is that neither of those two, nor Daniel Sturridge, may be able to complete 90 minutes for a couple of games yet. 

Divock Origi could be more suited as a wide man: 

The lack of options Liverpool have in this area could see the young Belgian given the odd run there, if Klopp so wished. His worrying lack of finishing instinct on display so far could mean a new home is found for him if he doesn't find that scoring touch soon. His pace in wide areas could give opposition defences something to worry about. 

Emre Can seems more comfortable:

It was apt that he got the first goal of the Klopp era. It's been fascinating reading observations on Can's performance. Those who watched the game behind the goal, in the main, seem pretty impressed and encouraged with what he offered, others less so. But he seems more comfortable in pressing, harassing the opposition players high up the field. Though at times he dropped deeper, he is certainly one of the players that looks to take the game by the scruff of the neck. 

Familiar flaws remain - in the final third and coping without Henderson:

The end product is still not there for the Reds to be anywhere near the level they want to be, though both Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino did make a visible difference with their respective introductions. That lack of goalscoring touch is holding Liverpool back, and the visible frustration on the touchline from the new manager was there for all to see. Furthermore, the midfield needs a bit more energy in there, and another leader. Jordan Henderson is unfortunately sidelined until the end of next month.

Mamadou Sakho should be given the vice-captaincy in the short term at least: 

One can't help but feel that James Milner - as a summer arrival - looks a little burdened by taking the captain's armband in the absence of Jordan Henderson so early on in his Liverpool career. He is one of the more senior members of the team, and is barking out orders, but a little pressure could be taken off his shoulders to find his own feet. Sakho, however, seems determined to do his bit to drag parts of the team kicking and screaming through games, if he can, and would probably relish the role more. 

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