Liverpool finished top of their Europa League group by drawing with FC Sion in an uneventful game in Switzerland.

The Reds' best openings fell to Divock Origi, but he miscued a volley in the first half and was later denied by a fine last-ditch tackle.

He then almost rounded the keeper after the break but was thwarted.

Simon Mignolet made one routine save to deny Ebenezer Assifuah as Liverpool maintained their unbeaten record in this season's competition.

A night of hidden positives

Sion celebrate

Sion were playing in the group stage of their first major European competition and managed to progress

A goalless draw with a side sixth in the Swiss Super League will hardly list among Liverpool's finer European nights, but the sight of club captain Jordan Henderson making his first start since August is an undoubted positive for manager Jurgen Klopp.

Philippe Coutinho appeared after 60 minutes after four games out with a hamstring complaint but not even his creativity could forge a meaningful opening as both sides struggled on a pitch which was partially frozen.

Origi - whose significance to Liverpool increased with news of another injury setback to Daniel Sturridge on Tuesday - was willing throughout but should have been more clinical.

As the 20-year-old broke through the home defence in the second period, his attempt to round Andris Vanins in the home goal lacked intent, and despite stretching he could not connect with an inviting cross late on.

The peripheral nature of summer signing Roberto Firmino was out of character giving recent impressive form, but Liverpool - who qualify with Sion - will welcome another solid display under Klopp, who now has tasted defeat just twice in 13 matches in charge.

Liverpool's new Aussie…

Bradley Smith, Nathaniel Clyne and Jurgen Klopp

Bradley Smith (centre) had only made two substitute appearances for Liverpool previously

An impressive full debut for left-back Bradley Smith was also a plus-point.

He showcased pace and an attacking instinct throughout, crossing for Origi to misfire a volley early on and regularly reaching the byeline.

Australian-born, Smith is now a full international for the Socceroos despite playing for England at under-17 and under-20 level.

His opportunity under Klopp marks a turnaround as, having spent seven years in the club's academy, he almost left when his contract expired in the summer, before signing a new deal last month.

Who can they face next?

The first leg of the last-32 ties is scheduled for 18 February, with the return seven days later. The Reds will face Everton and Manchester City within a week of the second leg, so an easier draw will likely keep Klopp happy.

Monday's draw could see them paired with any of the runners up in the Europa League's 11 other groups, sides including Villarreal, Marseille or Klopp's former employers Borussia Dortmund.

As group winners, they could potentially meet four of the sides who drop out of the Champions League with the worst record, including Sevilla and Gary Neville's Valencia.

Up next?

Liverpool - eighth in the Premier League - travel to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, a side they are unbeaten against in their last four meetings.

Stade Tourbillon

Liverpool's first draw in 10 matches arrivedat Sion's 16,000 capacity Stade Tourbillon

More to follow.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

FC Sion

  • 01 Vanins
  • 31 Zverotic
  • 04 Lacroix
  • 03 Ziegler
  • 17 Pa Modou
  • 08 Salatic
  • 22 Rüfli (Adao - 94' )
  • 06 Kouassi Booked
  • 07 Fernandes
  • 10 Alves Garcia
  • 21 Assifuah Booked (Mujangi Bia - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Akolo
  • 18 Fickentscher
  • 19 Sierro
  • 20 Vanczak
  • 63 Mujangi Bia
  • 92 Adao
  • 94 Follonier

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 02 Clyne Booked
  • 04 K Touré
  • 06 Lovren
  • 44 Smith
  • 14 Henderson (Rossiter - 77' )
  • 23 Can
  • 07 Milner (Coutinho - 61' )
  • 20 Lallana
  • 27 Origi
  • 11 Firmino (Brannagan - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Benteke
  • 10 Coutinho
  • 32 Brannagan
  • 34 Bogdan
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 46 Rossiter
  • 56 Randall
Ref: Michael Koukoulakis

Match Stats

Possession

35 65

Shots

6 6

On target

0 2

Corners

6 1

Fouls

12 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, FC Sion 0, Liverpool 0.

90:00 +5:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, FC Sion 0, Liverpool 0.

90:00 +3:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +3:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Sion. Joaquim Adao replaces Vincent Rüfli.

90:00 +2:38

Delay in match Carlitos (FC Sion) because of an injury.

90:00 +1:51

Foul by Cameron Brannagan (Liverpool).

90:00 +1:51

Carlitos (FC Sion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Cameron Brannagan replaces Roberto Firmino.

87:30

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

87:30

Carlitos (FC Sion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:54

Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:54

Foul by Geoffrey Mujangi Bia (FC Sion).

83:19

Attempt saved. Divock Origi (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Brad Smith with a cross.

82:50

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

82:17

Delay in match Carlitos (FC Sion) because of an injury.

81:39 Booking

Booking Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:30

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).

81:30

Carlitos (FC Sion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:46

Corner, FC Sion. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

78:47

Attempt missed. Geoffrey Mujangi Bia (FC Sion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Vero Salatic.

76:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Jordan Rossiter replaces Jordan Henderson.

75:35

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

75:35

Jagne Pa Modou (FC Sion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Sion. Geoffrey Mujangi Bia replaces Ebenezer Assifuah.

71:07

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:07

Foul by Edimilson Fernandes (FC Sion).

62:39

Corner, FC Sion. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

62:36

Attempt blocked. Ebenezer Assifuah (FC Sion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Elsad Zverotic.

60:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho replaces James Milner.

57:38

Attempt missed. Leo Lacroix (FC Sion) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Carlitos with a cross following a corner.

57:16

Corner, FC Sion. Conceded by Brad Smith.

55:20

Hand ball by Brad Smith (Liverpool).

54:17

Foul by Kolo Touré (Liverpool).

54:17

Ebenezer Assifuah (FC Sion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:29

Foul by Divock Origi (Liverpool).

53:29

Vero Salatic (FC Sion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:20 Booking

Booking Xavier Kouassi (FC Sion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

51:13

Adam Lallana (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:13

Foul by Xavier Kouassi (FC Sion).

45:15

Hand ball by Ebenezer Assifuah (FC Sion).

45:00

Second Half begins FC Sion 0, Liverpool 0.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, FC Sion 0, Liverpool 0.

43:36

Foul by Brad Smith (Liverpool).

43:36

Carlitos (FC Sion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:02

Foul by Brad Smith (Liverpool).

42:02

Ebenezer Assifuah (FC Sion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:52

Foul by Brad Smith (Liverpool).

38:52

Carlitos (FC Sion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:18

James Milner (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:18

Foul by Ebenezer Assifuah (FC Sion).

36:08

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

36:08

Edimilson Fernandes (FC Sion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:16

Offside, FC Sion. Jagne Pa Modou tries a through ball, but Ebenezer Assifuah is caught offside.

34:32

Offside, Liverpool. Nathaniel Clyne tries a through ball, but Adam Lallana is caught offside.

34:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

33:50

Delay in match Emre Can (Liverpool) because of an injury.

33:06 Booking

Booking Ebenezer Assifuah (FC Sion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

32:43

Emre Can (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:43

Foul by Ebenezer Assifuah (FC Sion).

31:14

Emre Can (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:14

Foul by Ebenezer Assifuah (FC Sion).

30:41

Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James Milner.

30:03

Hand ball by Carlitos (FC Sion).

28:48

Offside, FC Sion. Xavier Kouassi tries a through ball, but Ebenezer Assifuah is caught offside.

27:52

Corner, FC Sion. Conceded by Brad Smith.

26:05

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:05

Foul by Edimilson Fernandes (FC Sion).

24:53

Attempt missed. Reto Ziegler (FC Sion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

24:23

Corner, FC Sion. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

22:06

Attempt missed. Edimilson Fernandes (FC Sion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Reto Ziegler.

21:30

Foul by James Milner (Liverpool).

21:30

Vero Salatic (FC Sion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:11

Attempt missed. Divock Origi (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

16:19

Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Divock Origi.

15:38

Attempt missed. Carlitos (FC Sion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jagne Pa Modou.

14:09

Corner, FC Sion. Conceded by Kolo Touré.

12:09

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Leo Lacroix.

9:47

Brad Smith (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

9:47

Foul by Carlitos (FC Sion).

9:08

Divock Origi (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:08

Foul by Reto Ziegler (FC Sion).

7:41

Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James Milner.

5:35

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Liverpool).

5:35

Ebenezer Assifuah (FC Sion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:44

Adam Lallana (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:44

Dangerous play by Vero Salatic (FC Sion).

4:09

Attempt missed. Emre Can (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

2:59

Offside, FC Sion. Andris Vanins tries a through ball, but Ebenezer Assifuah is caught offside.

2:14

Hand ball by Emre Can (Liverpool).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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