Liverpool second string end Europa League phase with dull draw

Roy Hodgson chose to play a weakened Liverpool side who then failed to impress in a scoreless bore-draw with Utrecht at Anfield.
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Roy Hodgson chose to play a weakened Liverpool side who then failed to impress in a scoreless bore-draw with Utrecht at Anfield.

With Liverpool already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition and Utrecht unable to progress the game panned out to a meaningless conclusion.

With such a background to the match it was almost inevitable there would be a lack of urgency and quality from either side.

Liverpool look the likelier to break the deadlock - Milan Jovanovic hit the crossbar with a 30 yard effort in the first half and Joe Cole twice went close after the break.

The Reds are now unbeaten in their last eleven European games, although it’s hard to imagine that record being continued with the quality on display tonight.

Hodgson chose to play his younger players in this competition and they will certainly benefit from the experience, but whether they will actually make the step-up to regular first teamers, remains to be seen.

Less than 40,000 turned out at Anfield for a European game and bearing in mind the entertainment on display those that stayed away showed good decision making.

But, in a season of relative mediocrity for the Reds they are at least in the draw for the last 32 which takes place on Friday.

Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Venue: Anfield
Attendance: 37,800

Liverpool scorers:
Utrecht scorers:

LIVERPOOL
01 Jones
06 Aurelio
22 Wilson
34 Kelly
37 Skrtel (Kyrgiakos 46)
10 Cole
28 C Poulsen
33 Shelvey
14 Jovanovic (Kuyt 73)
19 Babel
39 Eccleston (yellow card) (Pacheco 56)

Substitutes
41 Hansen,
02 G Johnson,
16 Kyrgiakos,
04 Raul Meireles,
09 Torres,
12 Pacheco,
18 Kuyt

UTRECHT
01 Vorm
02 Cornelisse
03 Nesu
22 Keller
08 Silberbauer
11 Mertens
18 Maguire (Adam Sarota 84)
27 Nijholt
29 Wuytens
07 Duplan (Oar 71)
09 van Wolfswinkel (de Kogel 45+1)

Substitutes
31 Cummings,
25 Vorstermams,
14 Van der Maarel,
30 Adam Sarota,
10 Oar,
47 de Kogel

 
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