Five things learned about Liverpool in their 2-1 win over Bordeaux

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Liverpool secured their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday night with a 2-1 win over Bordeaux at Anfield.

Liverpool got the job done at Anfield on Thursday night as they came from behind to book their place in the last 32 of the Europa League, and go top of Group B in the process. Avoiding defeat in their last group game against Sion in just under two weeks' time will ensure they qualify as group winners.  

It wasn't all plain sailing for the Reds as they went behind to a well-taken indirect free-kick from Henri Savet, after Simon Mignolet had kept hold of the ball for over 20 seconds, although that advantage was to be a brief one as the Reds levelled through a James Milner penalty after Christian Benteke was brought down. 

Benteke then rounded off the scoring with the last kick of the half as he collected Nathaniel Clyne's pass delightfully before firing home from the edge of the area. He will have felt he should have had more after an effort early in the second half was bizarrely ruled out, but it matters little as the Reds managed to get the job done.

The performance may not have matched the heights of the weekend's win over Manchester City, but that was always going to be a tough ask.

Here are five things we may have learned from the Reds' display:

Anfield still remains nervy

The misplaced passes, any sign of uncertainty on the field is met by groans and moans in the crowd. Still it doesn't help when you're doing nutmegs in your own penalty area, your goalkeeper is having 'one of those days' and there are times when the side plays itself into unnecessary danger. With regard to their home form, Liverpool need to give the crowd something to work with, and the crowd need to give the side some energy. It's a bit of a chicken and the egg situation. Last night's crowd was probably a little more expectant following the weekend win over Manchester City.

Liverpool showing some genuine signs of character

Not the character that previous manager Brendan Rodgers tried to talk into the team, either. It's been a while, in my memory anyway, that Liverpool have come from behind to lead at half time. Their response to falling behind was positive and within 12 minutes they were leading the football match. Off the top of my head, the last time they fell behind to then lead at half time was that 4-1 win at Old Trafford in 2009 - though no doubt someone else knows this statistic and will correct me. Either way, it feels like it has been a while.

Joe Allen seems to play two different roles

It was hard to see exactly which role he was playing. He was doing a bit of holding, battling and seemed to pick up most of the loose balls, but in the second half, up until his withdrawal, he provided a good first time ball and some guile that was sorely lacking when Emre Can replaced him. Still maligned on the internet, but got a warm ovation at Anfield. Read into that what you will.

Maybe Kolo Toure does actually have something to offer, even if it is as cover

Three appearances prior to Thursday saw him withdrawn three times due to injury, with the latest a self-inflicted hamstring injury, but his midweek showing has to be one of the more composed performances from the Ivorian defender. Seemed to be solid and wasn't telling people to calm down while simultaneously causing panic, for a change. Could be decent cover for the Reds for the rest of the season, rather than a cult hero who is a liability. 

Reds glad of Benteke finding scoring touch

A wonderful goal to make it five for the season for the big Belgian, and unfortunate not to have at least one more to his name. Given that Daniel Sturridge has suffered another injury setback, the Reds need their other main striker feeling confident in front of goal.  

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