Liverpool vs Union Saint-Gilloise LIVE: Europa League result and final score with Diogo Jota securing victory
Liverpool laboured to a 2-0 Europa League victory to retain their perfect record in Group E. Ryan Gravenberch scored his first goal for the club after Union Saint-Gilloise custodian Anthony Moris made a mistake.
With 248 goals between Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, and Diogo Jota, they had a lot of attacking firepower at their disposal. However, it was a 21-year-old former Ajax and Bayern Munich midfielder who had scored just nine goals in five years that came up with the game-winning goal just one minute before halftime.
If either of the front three had been even somewhat on their game, the game would have been lost before Gravenberch's intervention. However, the fact that two of them were substituted at the half was more the result of a prearranged strategy than of their efforts in the first half.
To allay any last-minute fears, Jota played the entire game and scored the second on a breakaway in added time.
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Live updates for Liverpool against Union Saint-Gilloise in the Europa League are available in real time! Union Saint-Gilloise 2-0 Liverpool
90+2' SCOPE! Diogo Jota wins in extra time, as LIV defeats USG 2-0.
42' SCOPE! Goalkeeper mistake is punished by Ryan Gravenberch (LIV 1-0 USG).
17" HAHA HAHA! Huge opportunity wasted by Darwin Nunez (LIV 0-0 USG)
ENTIRE TIME! Union Saint-Gilloise 2-0 Liverpool 22:19, Jamie Braidwood
Jurgen Klopp does not need to request a rematch this time around. Darwin Nunez made a crucial human error that will probably not be forgotten as long as Sunday's contentious loss to Tottenham. Despite this, Liverpool managed to celebrate the return of Europa League football to Anfield with a win that did not stem from the Uruguayan's most recent shocking miss.
Richard Jolly's match report from Anfield
ENTIRE TIME! Union Saint-Gilloise 0–2 Liverpool 22:46, Jamie Braidwood
Jurgen Klopp declares, "Job done," following Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Union Saint-Gilloise.
Alright. Excellent start. Almost lost the beat. Too many set-pieces were given away. Excellent start, however you lost your rhythm and played too much in and around the formation. More guidance was needed, and that's what you should have received at this particular point. Professional, however we were not at our best.
"Being really exciting is not the only way to succeed. We stand to gain a great deal of knowledge from this game. We gaze one way when there is rhythm and another when there is none. using the exact same players. There is a lot to learn, and we will apply it.
ENTIRE TIME! Union Saint-Gilloise 2-0 Liverpool 22:01, Jamie Braidwood
Liverpool leads Group E with six points as a result. After their next match at Anfield against Toulouse, Jurgen Klopp's team will top the rankings by five points. The Reds would be in a great position to lead the group early if that happened.