Liverpool: LiverpoolthrashedToulouse5-1at Anfield on Thursday, asserting their control over theirEuropaLeaguesection with a perfect record at the halfway mark of the group stage.
Diogo Jota opened the scoring for the hosts after nine minutes, embarking on a solo run that saw him navigate past four defenders before planting the ball into the bottom corner.
Toulouseresponded seven minutes later as Thijs Dallinga perfectly timed his run from the halfway line into the box, effortlessly slotting homeinthe Group E clash.
The rest of the match belonged toLiverpoolas Wataru Endo headed them backinfront just past the half-hour mark. Four minutes later Darwin Nunez extended their lead with a shot from a tight angle, capitalising on a rebound inside the box.
Nunez nearly netted againinthe 65th minute but his shot from the right side of the box struck the post after a superb run. Nevertheless, Ryan Gravenberch capitalised on the rebound to scoreLiverpool’s fourth goal.
Three minutes into stoppage time late substitute Mohamed Salah completed the thrashing with a well-placed shot into the top corner from closer range having bemused his marker.
Liverpooltop the group by five points over Union Saint Gilloise, who beat visitors LASK 2-1, andToulouse, with both teams on four points. LASK are bottom without a point.
(Published 27 October 2023, 02:10 IST)