London: Manager Brendan Rodgers insisted he won’t press the panic button after Liverpool’s spluttering campaign suffered another blow with a lacklustre 1-1 draw against FC Sion in the Europa League on Thursday.
Liverpool’s Adam Lallana (left) celebrates a goal with teammate Danny Ings on Thursday. PIC/AFP
Rodgers’ side took an early lead through Adam Lallana, but they were pegged back by Ebenezer Assifuah’s first-half equaliser. The Reds wasted a host of opportunities to regain the advantage and under-fire boss Rodgers was forced to endure boos from the Kop at the final whistle. With a Merseyside derby at Everton looming on Sunday, Rodgers knows the scrutiny will only grow in the coming days, but he maintains he is still relishing the task of getting Liverpool back on track. “We are one point behind Everton. I know the media and written press will build the game up but we will stay calm,” Rodgers said.
“I am immensely enjoying the job, it is a great challenge and it is a rebuilding job again.” Liverpool have won only one of their last eight matches in all competitions, increasing the pressure on Rodgers.
Tottenham, Celtic draw
Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur and Celtic drew in the second round of games, while Borussia Dortmund also had to settle for a point. Tottenham held Monaco to a 1-1 draw. After holding Ajax to a 2-2 draw in Amsterdam in their opening game in Group ‘A’, Celtic drew by the same scoreline at home to Fenerbahce in Glasgow.
Borussia continued their unbeaten start to the season but they had to come from behind to draw 1-1 with PAOK in Greece in Group ‘C’.