Sparta Prague 6-1 (average 11-2): Jurgen Klopp's team cruises into the Europa League quarterfinals. | soccer4u
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Sparta Prague 6-1 (average 11-2): Jurgen Klopp’s team cruises into the Europa League quarterfinals.

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Match report: Darwin Nunez, Bobby Clark, Mo Salah, and Cody Gakpo scored goals for Liverpool in the first half, with seven minutes separating them; Gakpo and Dominik Szoboszlai scored goals in the second half as the Reds cruised into the Europa League final eight at Anfield.

Liverpool defeated Sparta Prague 6-1 at Anfield to win the match 11-2 overall, cruising into the Europa League quarterfinals. Lol n chi v zzz x

Despite leading 5-1 after the first leg, Jurgen Klopp’s team was merciless, scoring four goals in the first seven minutes of the second half to effectively end the last-16 match before Velko Birmancevic gave Sparta Prague a response.

Just after Darwin Nunez’s opening goal in the seventh minute, 19-year-old Bobby Clark scored his first goal as a senior for Liverpool. The score was then quickly increased to 4-0 in under fifteen minutes by two more goals each from Cody Gakpo and Mohamed Salah.

Three minutes into the second half, Dominik Szoboszlai’s deflected shot set up Gakpo’s second goal as Liverpool overcame a dismal Sparta Prague performance to record their largest European aggregate victor

In an attempt to preserve their quadruple dream, Liverpool will find out who their next opponents are in Friday’s draw before traveling to Old Trafford on Sunday to play Man Utd in the FA Cup quarterfinal

Even though Klopp’s team was already all but guaranteed a quarterfinal spot, the rout began with four goals in the first thirteen and a half minutes.

They have only ever been the second team in the history of a major UEFA competition to score four goals in the first 14 minutes, the other being Chelsea in the Cup Winners’ Cup against Jeunesse Hautcharage in 1971–1972.

The greatest of the quartet, Nunez scored the first goal with a brilliant strike from 16 yards out, but in the flurry of goals that followed, Sparta’s players were left chasing shadows and doubting their own skills.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah made his first start after his brief injury layoff.

Nevertheless, the visitors didn’t tighten up; instead, they kept playing out of the back. After Salah tackled Krejci, Clark was able to sneak the rebound under goalkeeper Peter Vindahl.

After a brief injury layoff, Salah made a fantastic comeback to the starting lineup, setting up youngster Clark for his first senior Liverpool goal on his European debut. Clark won the ball deep in enemy territory and scored his 20th goal of the yea

Clark’s move to force Jaroslav Zleny to give up the ball 25 yards out allowed Salah to curl in his historic goal. After more careless defense, Gakpo then converted the Egyptian’s cross from close rang

For the seventh season in a row, Salah hit the mark, making history as the first player in Liverpool’s 132-year history to do so.

Then, Salah set Gakpo up for a close-range strike on his cross to earn his second assist of the game.

The captain, Ladislav Krejci, whose error had resulted in the second goal, convened a crisis meeting in the center of the pitch as the fourth goal went in.

Everything appeared a bit pointless since, despite the unlikely nature of their kickoff mission, their defensive play was so gullible as to be embarrassing.

Just before the half, Birmancevic held off Wataru Endo’s retreat to push a shot past Caoimhin Kelleher, but it was only a momentary reprieve as Nunez, Endo, and Joe Gomez were substituted during the break.

After helping Nunez score his sixth goal in as many games and his 17th goal of the season, midfielder Szoboszlai added the fifth two minutes into the second half thanks to a lucky deflection, which Salah had set up.

Gakpo scored his second goal with a sneaky backheel after Harvey Elliott’s low effort was only partially blocked by Sparta Prague goalie Vindahl’s punch at a corner.

Even though he already has 13 goals for the season, the Netherlands international missed a fantastic opportunity to score a hat-trick while racing past the goalkeeper. He is not expected to start this weekend.

Salah, Nunez, and Luis Diaz—Klopp’s preferred front three—will score 48 goals apiece, while the squad scores 117 goals in 45 games overall.

They will be confident in their chances against a United team that has only kept four clean sheets since they became the only team in the last 55 games to stop Liverpool from scoring in a goalless draw in December. Three of those clean sheets came against mid-table opponents Wigan and Premier League struggling teams Nottingham Forest and Everton.

“In our seven years together, consistency was the one issue we never faced. Mo is simply delivering; his quality is there, his will to score is unwavering, and he just keeps delivering.

“Since coming here, he has come a long way in so many areas. He is unabated in his actions.

“I’m not as shocked as other people might be; to be honest, I assumed it had already occurred, but he was hurt for a while, or else he would have done it in January or February.

“It wasn’t the idea for him to play for ninety minutes; instead, we were going to take him off when Mateusz Musialowski entered the game, but Bobby Clark mentioned that he felt something, and Mo has enough experience that he recovers during the game.

“I told him not to defend any more – I never told a player that before.”

“The boys started the game incredibly well and 4-0 up in 14 minutes is really strange,” Klopp stated in response to the performance.

“A huge amount of respect goes to Liverpool for the way they played these two legs; they are far better than Sparta. It is an entirely distinct level.

“We have never encountered anything similar. Liverpool should be participating in the Champions League as they are a Champions League squad.”

It was difficult for us to accept the news when we learned about the manager. At this team, he is the only manager I truly know. It is terrible that he is departing, but for now, all we want to do is win every trophy we can and make sure he has the greatest farewell possible.

Regarding a quadruple, the response was, “No, we don’t think about that; we just maintain our attention on the next game. Continue to play well, give excellent performances, and never give up.

Regarding Bobby Clark’s first goal, the questioner said, “I know it was a special feeling for me to score my first goal, so I am sure it is the same for him.” He played really well, and I thought it was a fantastic finish. I’m giddy with anticipation.

Before the international break, Liverpool will play their FA Cup quarterfinal match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Kickoff is at 3.30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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