Liverpool hit five in ruthless victory over Toulouse

A much-changed Liverpool side continued their perfect record in the Europa League with a ruthless win over French club Toulouse in Group E.

The hosts burst into the lead at Anfield as Diogo Jota skipped past a couple of defenders in the ninth minute before burying the ball into the net.

Toulouse responded through Thijs Dallinga, who was played onside by Trent Alexander-Arnold and able to slot in an equaliser after a 40-yard run.

But stand-in captain Alexander-Arnold quickly made amends, crossing for Wataru Endo who headed home his first Liverpool goal in the 30th minute, before Darwin Nunez blasted in a third to give the Reds a 3-1 lead at half-time.

Midway through the second half Nunez glided past Toulouse keeper Guillaume Restes, but struck the post and was thankful to see Ryan Gravenberch score a fourth on the rebound.

Liverpool ultimately cruised to their win as substitute Mohamed Salah scored a fifth in stoppage time, coolly converting a close-range shot in off the crossbar for his ninth goal of the season.

The win means Liverpool cemented their place at the top of Group E, on nine points after three matches, while Toulouse stayed second, five points off the Reds.

Gravenberch and Endo impress for Reds

Liverpool’s focus is undoubtedly on their league campaign, the Reds are three points off top spot.

Jurgen Klopp made eight changes from the side that beat Everton at the weekend, with one eye on Sunday’s Premier League match with Nottingham Forest.

Nevertheless, his second string were still clinical, intense and clearly a level above the French Cup winners, with midfielders Endo and Gravenberch particularly impressive.

There was also a first start for teenager Luke Chambers and debuts for substitutes Callum Scanlon and James McConnell while Cody Gakpo returned to action after a month out, coming off the bench midway through the second half.

Liverpool, while creating constant chances, did leave gaps at the back and almost conceded straight after the restart when goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher gave the ball away, only for Toulouse’s Gabriel Suazo to have his shot blocked on the line by Alexander-Arnold.

The Reds though entertained throughout their win and will advance to the knockouts with two matches to spare if they beat Toulouse in their next Europa League game in two week’s time.

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Toulouse

  1. Squad number50Player nameRestes

  2. Squad number3Player nameDesler

  3. Squad number6Player nameLogan Costa

  4. Squad number2Player nameNicolaisen

  5. Squad number23Player nameDiarra

  6. Squad number17Player nameSuazo

  7. Squad number20Player nameSchmidt

  8. Squad number8Player nameSierro

  9. Squad number24Player nameCásseres

  10. Squad number15Player nameDønnum

  11. Squad number9Player nameDallinga

  1. Squad number5Player nameGenreau

  2. Squad number11Player nameGelabert

  3. Squad number12Player nameKamanzi

  4. Squad number14Player nameBegraoui

  5. Squad number19Player nameMagri

Line-ups

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 62Kelleher
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldSubstituted forGakpoat 67′minutes
  • 32Matip
  • 2Gomez
  • 44ChambersSubstituted forQuansahat 67′minutes
  • 17JonesSubstituted forMcConnellat 89′minutes
  • 3Endo
  • 38GravenberchSubstituted forSalahat 70′minutes
  • 19ElliottBooked at 75mins
  • 9NúñezSubstituted forScanlonat 66′minutes
  • 20Jota

Substitutes

  • 1Alisson
  • 4van Dijk
  • 7Díaz
  • 8Szoboszlai
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 11Salah
  • 18Gakpo
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 48Scanlon
  • 53McConnell
  • 56Jaros
  • 78Quansah

Toulouse

Formation 5-3-2

  • 50Restes
  • 3DeslerSubstituted forKamanziat 73′minutes
  • 6Evans Costa
  • 2Nicolaisen
  • 23Diarra
  • 17SuazoSubstituted forMagriat 67′minutes
  • 20Schmidt
  • 8Sierro
  • 24CásseresSubstituted forGelabertat 67′minutes
  • 15DønnumSubstituted forGenreauat 67′minutes
  • 9DallingaSubstituted forBegraouiat 80′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Genreau
  • 11Gelabert
  • 12Kamanzi
  • 13Mawissa Elebi
  • 14Begraoui
  • 19Magri
  • 21Bangré
  • 25Keben
  • 30Domínguez
  • 40Lacombe

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