Adam Lallana’s delightful goal was not enough to secure Liverpool a winning start to their Europa League campaign as Bordeaux came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw in France this evening.
The England star, making his return to the side after a three-game layoff, skilfully nutmegged a defender before calmly bending a shot around the legs of another Bordeaux body on 65 minutes.
The 27-year-old’s solo effort was surely the pick of his seven goals in 44 games for the Reds since his arrival from Southampton last summer, and one which he may hope will kickstart his Anfield career.
It was also the type of contribution that Brendan Rodgers would have been looking for from either Lallana or Philippe Coutinho, senior players in a weakened team fielded in the South of France.
Rodgers made eight changes in total from the side which were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, and included four youngsters yet to make their first-team debuts on the bench.
Home-grown midfielder Jordan Rossiter made just his second start for the Reds, while teenagers Pedro Chirivella and Cameron Brannagan finished a match which was fairly even from first whistle to last.
But Liverpool’s inexperienced side could not hang on to the advantage afforded to them by Lallana as substitute Jussie scored nine minutes from time to earn Bordeaux a point from their Group B opener.
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