Liverpool Stages Remarkable Comeback to Secure Victory Against LASK Linz in Europa League Opener.
LASK Linz midfielder Florian Flecker showcased his brilliance with an early opener from the edge of the area, 19 minutes into the match.
Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez equalized from the penalty spot, courtesy of a foul on Luis Diaz, while Diaz himself netted the winning goal from a cross by debutant Ryan Gravenberch.
In the second half, substitute Mohamed Salah sealed the deal with a third goal, ensuring Jurgen Klopp’s side emerged victorious.
Klopp made a full 11 changes to the Liverpool lineup from their previous fixture against Wolves, resulting in a somewhat shaky first-half performance in their first Europa League appearance since their 2016 final loss to Sevilla. However, they turned the tide with an improved second-half display.
Klopp’s victory marked a milestone as he became the first Liverpool manager to win 50 European games. However, he remained modest about the achievement, saying, “Let me say it like this. If I still have 50 after the group stage, then even if I’ve still got the most wins in Europe as a Liverpool manager, then everybody will hate that.”
In Group E, Union St-Gilloise and Toulouse settled for a 1-1 draw, putting Liverpool two points ahead at the top of the standings after the first round of matches.