In a thrilling Europa League clash, Liverpool took a significant step towards securing a spot in the knockout stages with a resounding 5-1 victory over Toulouse on Thursday night. This win marked their third consecutive triumph in the competition.
Despite making eight changes to the lineup and handing a full debut to Luke Chambers, Liverpool started the match on the front foot. The breakthrough came early in the game, as Diogo Jota showcased his brilliance with a solo goal. Jota maneuvered through a series of challenges, creating space for a one-on-one opportunity and delivering a clinical finish to put Liverpool in the lead after just nine minutes.
The Reds had a chance to double their advantage soon after, but strong defensive blocks denied Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. Toulouse’s 18-year-old goalkeeper, Guillaume Restes, also played a pivotal role in keeping Liverpool at bay by making a crucial save to deny Darwin Nunez. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet.
However, a defensive lapse allowed Toulouse to equalize as Thijs Dallinga exploited the misshapen backline, bypassing Chambers and Gomez to score past Caoimhin Kelleher, making it 1-1.
Liverpool responded swiftly, with Wataru Endo heading home a delightful cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold to restore their lead. This goal marked Endo’s first for the club.
The Reds continued to press, and it wasn’t long before they extended their advantage. Ryan Gravenberch embarked on a mesmerizing run from the halfway line, setting up Curtis Jones, whose shot was blocked, only for Nunez to pounce on the rebound and fire it into the roof of the net, making it 3-1.
The second half began with some intriguing moments, including a blunder by Kelleher, a heroic block by Alexander-Arnold, and a missed opportunity by Gabriel Suazo, who inexplicably fired the ball at the right-back from close range.
As the match progressed, Liverpool maintained their dominance, with Gravenberch testing Restes with powerful efforts. Nunez had a chance to add another goal but struck the post after rounding the goalkeeper, leaving Gravenberch to convert the rebound, making it 4-1.
Liverpool’s manager, Jurgen Klopp, introduced some fresh faces, including debutant Calum Scanlon, Jarell Quansah, and the returning Cody Gakpo. The changes didn’t disrupt Liverpool’s flow, and they continued to control the game.
The icing on the cake came with a customary goal from Mohamed Salah, cementing Liverpool’s 5-1 victory and securing their third consecutive win in the Europa League.
With this impressive performance, Liverpool is now on the cusp of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition. Another victory in their next encounter with Toulouse would guarantee their place in the next round. Get the latest updates from the Premier League only on Nextbet Sports.