Smith makes starting Liverpool debut against Sion

Socceroo defender Brad Smith has made his starting Liverpool debut, playing a full match against Swiss outfit FC Sion in this morning’s Europa League action.

The Reds played out a stalemate at the Stade Tourbillon, which sees them progress to the knockout phase after topping Group B with an unbeaten record.

In a match of few chances the left-back shone in a near full-strength Liverpool line-up, with Smith lining up alongside Dejan Lovren, Kolo Toure and Nathaniel Clyne in defence.

There was also a first start for skipper Jordan Henderson under new manager Jurgen Klopp as he continues to recover from an ankle injury, while superstar Philippe Coutinho also made a return from a hamstring strain off the bench.

Smith’s performance down the left flank was one of the few bright spots for Liverpool in an otherwise lacklustre contest, however the defender was lucky to escape a sanction in the first-half when he clattered into Sion midfielder Carlitos.

The result caps a meteoric month for the 21-year-old, who was without a club a month ago before re-signing with the Reds after catching the eye of Klopp.

Smith came off the bench in Liverpool’s recent 6-1 drubbing of Southampton in the League Cup, laying on the final goal with a pinpoint cross to striker Divock Origi.

The 4-capped Socceroo had previously made his only appearance in a Reds shirt in the Premier League back in 2013, coming off the bench in the 2-1 reverse to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The final scoreline in Switzerland on Friday morning also saw Sion progress from the group, with the draw for the Round of 32 set to take place in their homeland town of Nyon on Monday, 12 December.