Ryan Gravenberch shines as Liverpool beat Toulouse 5-1, taking a step towards the Europa League knockout stage.
- Follow along as Ryan Gravenberch leads Liverpool to a resounding Europa League victory at Anfield.
- Wataru Endo scored the team’s opening goal, while Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez, and Mohamed Salah also found the net.
- Victory in the subsequent match would solidify Liverpool’s advancement.
Follow along as Ryan Gravenberch leads Liverpool to a resounding Europa League victory at Anfield; Wataru Endo scored the team’s opening goal, while Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez, and Mohamed Salah also find the net; victory in the subsequent match would solidify Liverpool’s advancement.
Liverpool’s convincing 5-1 victory over Toulouse on Thursday night allowed them to advance to the Europa League knockout stages.
Jota swerved past several defenders and calmly struck the bottom left corner to give Liverpool the lead within the first ten minutes. The Reds then continued to dominate, and when Nunez put down his marker and shot at the approaching Toulouse custodian, Guillaume Restes had to be on the lookout as the angle narrowed.
In light of that, Toulouse’s equalizer was startlingly easy and came out of nowhere. Dallinga could sprint into acres of space as a counterattack took shape. Despite Trent Alexander-Arnold’s best efforts to catch him offside, he was unable to overcome Caoimhin Kelleher.
The crowd at Anfield was stunned by the goal, and it required a set piece from the very beginning to even things up. For a brief moment, Harvey Elliott noticed Curtis Jones in the corner, and Jones returned the favor to Alexander-Arnold. Toulouse was not applying any pressure to the ball, so the Liverpool captain of the evening was free to choose his place and cross the ball for Endo to head in.
Nunez quickly scored Liverpool’s third goal before the halftime siren even sounded. Jones’ attempted shot rebounded into the Uruguayan’s path, and he blasted with his left foot high and into the net. Gravenberch had driven a driving run forward that had made the whole thing possible.
After the break, Kelleher, who had mostly been a spectator in the first half, came dangerously close to giving Toulouse a second goal with a horribly missed pass out of the back. But he was grateful to Alexander-Arnold for managing to stop Gabriel Suazo’s attempt on the goal line.
Gravenberch forced an unconventional stop from Restes as he pressed for a fourth. An intrepid Endo was also involved in moving forward, having witnessed his earlier attempt only just miss the mark. At the hour, Restes was once again denying the outstanding Gravenberch.
Toulouse had unwarranted hope because of too many spaces and careless passes from Liverpool’s defense, which was still far from impressive. However, they became unattainable when Gravenberch received a goal of his own to commend his performance. Actually, Nunez ought to have won because he put in the most effort, expertly dodging his defender and evading Restes before striking the post with the goal open. Gravenberch turned in the rebound after that.
In all likelihood, Salah’s fifth goal came from the middle of the penalty area, where his strike struck the back of the net and clipped the underside of the bar.