Liverpool FC kicked off their Europa League campaign with a thrilling comeback, defeating LASK 3-1 in Austria.
Despite trailing 1-0 at halftime, Jurgen Klopp’s side displayed resilience as they secured a vital win. With the backdrop of 19,080 fans at the Raiffeisen Arena, Liverpool’s starting eleven had an unfamiliar look. The first half was underwhelming, with defensive concerns and a lack of cohesion, leaving fans anxious.
A Sluggish Start: Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez Shine Bright
Jurgen Klopp’s squad faced a formidable LASK side, with several changes made to the starting lineup. The early stages of the game proved challenging, as Liverpool struggled to find their rhythm. Klopp acknowledged the rocky start, saying,
“Tough start, yes. Obviously the first shot on target after a set-piece and we conceded.”
Despite the early setback, Liverpool’s South American duo, Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez, rose to the occasion. Nunez, with his relentless running and confident penalty conversion, earned a commendable rating of 8 in the match. Diaz, who began the game strongly and contributed significantly to the attack, scored a crucial goal, showcasing his goal-scoring prowess.
Furthermore, it was a cross from the impressive Ryan Gravenberch that found Luis Diaz, and his first-time finish demonstrated his increasing proficiency in front of the goal. These moments of brilliance from Nunez and Diaz were vital in keeping Liverpool’s hopes alive.
Klopp’s 50th European Win for Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp celebrated his 50th European win as Liverpool’s manager with this victory. However, he downplayed the achievement, emphasizing the increasing competitiveness of European competitions.
Klopp made 11 changes to the lineup from their weekend Premier League win over Wolves, leading to a disjointed and sluggish start. LASK capitalized on Liverpool’s slow start, scoring the opener. Klopp acknowledged the team’s challenging start and highlighted the need to manage frustration during the game.
Nevertheless, Liverpool’s attention now shifts back to domestic action as they prepare to face West Ham United in the Premier League. This victory in Austria provides a positive boost for the team, even in the midst of squad rotation and an early deficit. Klopp’s side aims to maintain their momentum and continue competing at the highest level in both European and domestic competitions.
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