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LASK 1-3 Liverpool: Reds open their European account with 3 points

Liverpool had to restore their comeback ability on the opening night of their Europa League campaign, beating LASK 3-1 to pick up their first three European points. 

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 Liverpool had to restore their comeback ability on the opening night of their Europa League campaign, beating LASK 3-1 to pick up their first three European points. 

 Score 1-3 Liverpool 

 Europa League group stage (1)

 Goals 

 Flecker 14′ 

 Nunez (Pen) 56′ 

 Diaz 63′ (pass – Gravenberch) 

 Salah 88′ (pass – Nunez) 

 Jurgen Klopp insisted that he is not only handing out chances because it is the Europa League, but he surprised the most in Austria with 11 changes. 

 The first minutes of Stefan Bajcetic since March as the right-back role of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ryan Gravenberch and the virgin of Ben Doak start and Caoimh Kelleher in goal. 

  Liverpool were of course not always on the same wavelength then and it led to the opener as early as 14 minutes when a mistake in midfield led to a corner and a rocket of a goal for the hosts. 

 It is the fourth game in six this season that the Reds have conceded first. Consistent for all the wrong reasons. 

  Darwin Nunez had some insight and came closest to a first-half equalizer from close range, but while the Reds dominated possession, they screamed accuracy and physicality in the match. 

 Frustration was caused by a combination of sloppy play and refereeing, although the Reds were by no means innocent of the latter. 

  HT: SCORE 1:0 Liverpool 

 11 changes; Gravenberch and Doak make the first start 

 Finished first for the fourth time this season 

 Now, Diaz and Salah scored 

 The Reds start their European campaign with a win 

 There were no immediate changes from Liverpool after the break, although they did return – although they all seemed hesitant to open the scoring. 


 But Nunez was brought on to equalize after Luis Diaz won the penalty and Liverpool’s number 9 comfortably scored his third goal of the season. Bajcetic, Wataru Endo and Doak came into the hour, while Joe Gomez, Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai were introduced. 

  Just two minutes later, the Reds went 2-1 up when Harvey Elliott and Gravenberch combined on the right before the latter beat Diaz superbly for the first goal. Well. 

 However, the assistant was forced off 11 minutes later with Klopp hoping it was just cramp after his first start since his arrival. 

 And as you’d expect, Mohamed Salah couldn’t pass up the opportunity without adding to his goal tally. He finished superbly through the keeper’s legs after some brilliant play from Nunez. It might not have been the prettiest performance in the end, but the Reds got the job done with a dominant second half to open their Europa League account with three points. 

  TIA Man of the Match: Luis Díaz 

 Referee: Marco Di Bello (ITA) 

 CONSIDERATION: Law; Luckeneder (Darboe 80′), Ziereis, Andrade; Flecker, Jovicic, Horváth, Renner; Ljubicic (Kone 68′), Havel (Mustapha 68′), Zulj 

 Not available: Siebenhandl, Bello, Talovierov, Stojkovic, Ljubic, Ba, Balic, Usor, Goiginger 

 Liverpool: Kelleher; Bajcetic (Gomez 61′), Konate (Matip 81′), Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Endo (Mac Allister 61′), Elliott, Gravenberch (Salah 74′); Doak (Szoboszlai 61′), Diaz, Nunez 

 Out: Alisson, Jaros, Quansah, Robertson, Jones, Jota, Gakpo.

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