The Reds and the Swiss both seemed content on settling for a stalemate, since the draw would take them to the Last 32 round of the Europa League.
Indeed, the rest of the group will not be happy with them here, as Liverpool and Sion hardly took risks. The game was mostly a scrappy affair, as Sion made a number of heavy tackles.
Jurgen Klopp rested most of the team but still had some quality options since the likes of Jordan Henderson and Coutinho needed to regain match fitness. The latter sat on the bench. Then Emre Can also needed minutes as he was suspended for last weekend’s game against Newcastle.
With Daniel Sturridge injured, Klopp chose to rest Christian Benteke and started Divock Origi. Early on he had one of the only chances of the game, but instead of heading, he chose to volley and lost the opportunity.
Another player making his first start was Australian Brad Smith for Liverpool, and he twice fed Origi, who just didn’t manage to reach or control it to shoot. Those were indeed highlights in what was a game without much meaningful action.
Perhaps the most notable moment was when Coutinho came on in the last half hour to get some game time. Liverpool would be missing his creativity and passing ability, after a poor team game against Newcastle.