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Toulouse vs Liverpool match preview
Will Liverpool’s perfect record in this season’s UEFA Europa League continue?
A fortnight ago, the Reds took an early lead in the reverse fixture at Anfield through Diogo Jota, only for Toulouse to find a shock equaliser mere moments later; Thijs Dallinga slotting home.
Nevertheless, Wataru Endō and then Darwin Núñez had the home side 3-1 up and cruising by the interval, before Ryan Gravenberch and Mohamed Salah rubber stamped an empathic 5-1 victory.
Núñez’s open goal miss, thwacking the upright from mere picometers out, in the build-up to Gravenberch fourth by far the most memorable moment of the evening.
Jürgen Klopp’s side have won three out of three in Group E so far, and will rubber stamp top spot with two games to spare should they win here, and LASK avoid defeat simultaneously.
Liverpool are three-times winners of this competition, also reaching the 2016 final when they most-recently featured in the tournament.
Thus, the Reds remain firm favourites to lift the trophy on Dublin on 22 May, confident that their quality will see them to another victory in Southern France.
Toulouse meantime appear to be in a straight-shootout with Royale Union Saint-Gilloise for second spot, given that both sides are on four points at the mid-way mark.
The pair drew 1-1 in Brussels back on matchday one, before Carles Martínez Novell’s team won their sole home game so far, with Gabriel Suazo’s goal downing LASK.
Le Téfécé lifted last season’s Coupe de France, the maiden piece of major silverware of the club’s 86-year history, with this their first appearance in a UEFA group stage since 2009.
Domestically, Toulouse are currently 14th in Ligue 1, just one point above the drop zone, having won only one of their last ten outings, most-recently beaten 2-1 at home by newly-promoted Le Havre on Sunday.
Following that 5-1 drubbing last month, Liverpool have won all three meetings with les Violets, also hammering them in the Champions League play-offs in 2007, prevailing 1-0 away and then 4-0 on Merseyside.
Another victory for the Reds is likely at Stadium de Toulouse.
Toulouse team news
Denis Genreau and Zakaria Aboukhlal are both out long-term, with Thijs Dallinga leading Toulouse’s attack, aiming to add to his five goals so far this season, one of which came at Anfield.
Liverpool team news
With Andy Robertson out injured, teenager Luke Chambers got the nod at left-back a fortnight ago, although usual deputy Kostas Tsimikas is likely to return this time.
In goal though, Caoimhín Kelleher will be rotated in for Alisson, while youngster Jarell Quansah could make his eighth appearance of the campaign at centre-back.
Wataru Endō, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott will all be rotated in too, while Alexis Mac Allister is likely to start, given that he’ll sit out Sunday’s meeting with Brentford suspended.
Meanwhile Luis Díaz could return to the XI, having come off the bench to score the equaliser at Kenilworth Road on Sunday, his first outing since the horrific kidnapping of his parents in Colombia.