Liverpool were in Europa League action on Thursday evening vs Belgian side, Union SG. The Reds were looking to build on their 3-1 victory over LASK last time out and did exactly that with a comfortable 2-0 win at Anfield.
Liverpool now sit two points clear of 2nd place in Group E and five points clear of 3rd, with a win over Toulouse set to all but confirm their spot in the knockout rounds. The Reds are one of the best teams in the Europa League this season and can be backed at 3/1 with bet365 to win the competition.
Ryan Gravenberch shines
Whilst Liverpool were no doubt disappointed to miss out on a Champions League place this season, playing in the Europa League does give Jurgen Klopp a chance to embed some his new signings against easier opposition.
One such player is Ryan Gravenberch, who joined the Merseysiders on loan from FC Bayern Munich over the summer. The Dutchman is yet to start a Premier League game but is working his way to full fitness in Europe.
The 21-year-old provided an assist vs LASK and went one better this week, scoring the opener in the 2-0 win over Union SG. Gravenberch was taken off after 79 minutes on Thursday and there were fears of an injury, but Jurgen Klopp quickly put those to bed in his post-match press conference:
“I think it’s really obvious how good he is,” Klopp told reporters. “What a talent he is, he is enjoying the situation, enjoying himself. That’s very important.
“Gets step-by-step all the confidence back, that is really cool to see. He is in the middle of the group, fits really well to the age group of the majority of the squad. That is good. It’s only positive.
“We thought he might be able to play 90. We wanted to give him 90 but then we saw he dropped a little bit and didn’t want to build any risk, so that’s why we brought on Dom (Dominik Szoboszlai) for a few minutes. Everything goes in the right direction, that’s really helpful.”