Liverpool 4-0 LASK: Player Ratings as Reds Reach Europa League Last 16
Liverpool solidified their position in the Europa League‘s last 16 by comfortably dispatching LASK 4-0 at Anfield. Concurrently, a stalemate between Toulouse and Union Saint-Gilloise in the same group further cemented Liverpool’s top spot, guaranteeing their passage to the next round while bypassing the initial knockout stage.
The match commenced with LASK displaying early attacking fervor. However, Liverpool swiftly seized control with Luis Diaz’s headed goal, swiftly followed by Cody Gakpo’s contribution. Notably, Kostas Tsimikas nearly expanded the lead with a striking effort that rattled the crossbar, while Mohamed Salah calmly converted a penalty early in the second half, capitalizing on a mistake by LASK’s goalkeeper. Gakpo persistently sought to augment their advantage, but resilient saves by LASK’s goalkeeper thwarted further scoring.
Liverpool’s goalkeeper, Caoimhin Kelleher, had a relatively quiet match until the closing stages, making crucial saves as LASK endeavored to narrow the gap. Gakpo sealed Liverpool’s triumph with his second goal, secured in stoppage time, concluding a dominant display by the Reds. This victory assured Liverpool’s progression to the next stage of the competition, solidifying their pursuit of European glory.