In a thrilling encounter at Anfield, Liverpool overcame an early scare from Toulouse to secure a commanding 5-1 victory, maintaining their flawless record in UEFA Europa League Group E. The match kicked off with an audacious solo effort from Diogo Jota, who effortlessly weaved through Toulouse’s defense to give Liverpool the lead. However, Toulouse swiftly responded when Thijs Dallinga capitalized on Liverpool’s high defensive line, slotting the ball past Caoimhín Kelleher.
Despite Toulouse’s attacking intent, their vulnerability at the back became apparent. Liverpool capitalized on this, as Wataru Endō expertly guided Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross into the net, opening his Liverpool account. Just minutes later, Darwin Núñez doubled the lead, smashing the ball home at the near post. Toulouse had opportunities to narrow the gap, notably when Gabriel Suazo’s shot was miraculously cleared off the line by Alexander-Arnold. Núñez, too, had a chance to extend the lead but hit the woodwork after a mesmerizing run.
Liverpool remained dominant in the second half, with Ryan Gravenberch capping off his stellar performance with a well-deserved goal. In the dying moments, Mohamed Salah, coming off the bench, thundered a shot off the crossbar, sealing Liverpool’s victory at 5-1. With three consecutive wins in Group E, Liverpool is well on track for their seventh consecutive season in the European competition’s knockout stages. Meanwhile, Toulouse finds themselves in third place, trailing the Reds by five points, setting the stage for a rematch next month.