Liverpool took a big step towards the Europa League knockout stages with a 5-1 victory over Toulouse on Thursday night, making it three wins from three.
Liverpool 5-1 Toulouse
Europa League (3), Anfield
October 26, 2023
Jota 9′ (assist – Gomez)
Endo 30′ (assist – Alexander-Arnold)
Nunez 34′ (assist – Jones)
Gravenberch 65′ (assist – Nunez)
It came via a brilliant solo goal from Diogo Jota, who drove through a series of challenges, pivoting smartly into space for a one-on-one and a fine finish.
A misshapen back line then gave Toulouse their route back in, as striker Thijs Dallinga ran through Chambers and Joe Gomez and, with Trent Alexander-Arnold playing him onside, powering past Caoimhin Kelleher for 1-1.
Wataru Endo then stepped forward, the summer signing restoring the lead with a stunning header from Alexander-Arnold’s deep cross for his first goal for the club.
Then it was three, with Ryan Gravenberch‘s slaloming run from the halfway line seeing him set up Curtis Jones, whose shot was blocked and eventually bounced into the path of Nunez, who hammered into the roof of the net.
HT: Liverpool 3-1 Toulouse
The second half began with a calamity from Kelleher, a heroic block Alexander-Arnold and an abysmal attempt from Gabriel Suazo, who somehow fired it at the right-back on the line with the rest of the goal to aim at.
After that, both sides largely settled into familiar patterns with Liverpool the more dangerous side, with Gravenberch testing Restes with powerful efforts.
Nunez should have made it 4-1 after racing onto a fantastic through ball, but after doing the hard work and rounding the goalkeeper, he instead hit the post, leaving it to Gravenberch to convert.
From there on it was a procession, with time for a customary goal from Mohamed Salah as Liverpool made it three wins from three.
Another next time against Toulouse and they will guarantee progress to the knockouts.
TIA Man of the Match: Ryan Gravenberch
Referee: Rade Obrenovic (SVN)
Liverpool: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold (Quansah 67′), Matip, Gomez, Chambers (Scanlon 67′); Endo, Gravenberch (Salah 70′), Jones (McConnell 89′); Elliott, Jota, Nunez (Gakpo 67′)
Subs not used: Alisson, Jaros, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Diaz
Toulouse: Restes; Costa, Nicolaisen, Diarra; Desler, Sierro, Schmidt, Casseres, Suazo; Dallinga, Donnum
Substitutes: Dominguez, Lacombe, Genreau, Cesar, Kamanzi, Mawissa, Begraoui, Magri, Bangre, Keben