Liverpool vs LASK: A Crucial Europa League Encounter at Anfield
Reds Shift Focus to Europa League After Man City Draw
Liverpool, having drawn against Premier League champions Manchester City, now turn their focus to the Europa League, where they are set to host LASK at Anfield. This clash comes off as a stark contrast to the weekend’s intense battle, with the Reds moving from underdogs to clear favourites in this Thursday’s fixture.
A Redemption Opportunity for Liverpool
Despite the draw against Manchester City generating a positive buzz, it’s essential to recall Liverpool’s disappointing performance in their last Europa League outing. The Reds suffered a 3-2 defeat to Toulouse under controversial circumstances, marking their worst performance of the season. However, their impeccable record at Anfield this season, including victories over Union Saint-Gilloise and Toulouse, gives them a significant edge.
Liverpool’s Road to Round of 16
Jurgen Klopp’s team, to guarantee their spot in the next round, must avoid defeat against LASK. However, they can also advance if Union SG fails to beat Toulouse in the other group match. To top their group and directly qualify for the round of 16, Liverpool needs to win and hope for Toulouse to drop points.
Head-to-Head and Broadcast Details
Liverpool’s previous meeting with LASK marked their first encounter, with the Reds winning 3-1. This game forms part of Liverpool’s mostly successful history against Austrian teams. Fans in the UK can watch the match live on TNT Sports or stream it on discovery+. The game will also be broadcast on various platforms across the US, Canada, and Austria.
Team News: Liverpool and LASK
Liverpool are likely to rotate their squad for this match. However, with a win securing the top spot and a direct entry into the round of 16, Klopp might field some key players. Injury concerns loom over Alisson and Diogo Jota following the Manchester City game. LASK, managed by Thomas Sageder, will miss several players due to injuries but will look to put up a strong challenge.
Predicted Lineups and Match Prediction
Klopp’s lineup could see several changes from the Manchester City game, with a mix of regular and fringe players expected to feature. Liverpool is predicted to field a strong side, with the likes of Cody Gakpo and Luis Diaz leading the attack. Given Liverpool’s record at Anfield and the backing of their passionate fans, a comfortable victory for the Reds is anticipated, despite their defensive concerns in Europe.