Friday, September 29, 2023

LASK vs Liverpool LIVE commentary: Jurgen Klopp’s side get Europa League campaign underway – kick-off time, team news and how to follow

Liverpool will begin their Europa League campaign this week as they travel to face Austrian side LASK, live on talkSPORT 2. 

The Reds are playing in UEFA’s second-tier competition for the first time since 2016 when they were beaten 3-1 in the final by serial winners Sevilla. 

Liverpool are unbeaten so far this seasonGetty

Jurgen Klopp’s side had a season to forget last year in the Premier League, missing out on a top-four place and the Champions League.

But they have made a strong start this time around and head into this competition as massive favourites for the title.

Liverpool have been drawn in a favourable group, alongside opening gameweek opponents LASK plus Union Saint-Gilloise and Toulouse. 

LASK vs Liverpool: talkSPORT coverage 

This Europa League Group E clash will take place on Thursday, September 21. 

The tie is being held at the Raiffeisen Arena in Linz, Austria and kick-off is scheduled for 5:45pm.

talkSPORT 2 will also have live coverage of the game. 

Commentary will come from Jim Proudfoot and former Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton. 

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

The game will be broadcast on TNT Sports 1. 

The Reds come into this game off the back of a dramatic win over WolvesGetty

LASK vs Liverpool: Team news 

LASK’s key man Lenny Pintor will miss this clash after picking up a muscle injury.

He joins Tobias Anselm, Yannis Letard and Adil Taoui on the sidelines. 

As for Liverpool, they are expected to make multiple changes for their Europa League opener. 

New arrivals Ryan Gravenberch and Wataru Endo plus Darwin Nunez, Kostas Tsimikas and Harvey Elliott could all come into the starting line-up. 

Captain Virgil van Dijk is likely to start at centre-back after missing the Reds’ last two games through suspension. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago are both set to remain out with injuries. 

Alexander-Arnold, who is set to be offered a new contract, remains injuredGetty

LASK vs Liverpool: What has been said? 

Liverpool manager Klopp has admitted he has ‘no clue’ if his side can reach the Europa League final this season. 

He said: “First and foremost, I think we all have to make sure that we all respect the competition in the right manner, that we respect the opponents in the right manner. 

“I would love to go to the final, obviously, but I have no clue if we can reach that. 

“There will be a lot of fantastic football teams in between us and that target, so we have to make sure we perform.

“We have real talent there, but it is not experimental. I think if we don’t get hit by an injury crisis then we should have enough players to field Thursday and Sunday a top team, and that’s pretty much the idea.”

Klopp knows it will be tough to win the Europa League this seasonGetty

LASK vs Liverpool: Match facts 

This will be Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp’s third season in the UEFA Europa League, going out at the group stage with Borussia Dortmund in 2010-11 and finishing as runner-up with Liverpool in 2015-16. The German has lost just one of his 10 previous group stage games in the competition (W4 D5), a 0-1 defeat to Sevilla with BVB in September 2010.This is Liverpool’s first campaign in the UEFA Europa League since reaching the final in 2015-16. The Reds have won just four of their 21 away games in the tournament proper (D9 L8), including just one of their last nine (D5 L3), a 1-0 win over Rubin Kazan in November 2015.LASK have only lost one of their last 16 matches in all European competitions (W11 D4), a 1-4 defeat to Slavia Prague in last season’s UEFA Europa Conference League. At home, the Austrian side are unbeaten in eight in Europe (W5 D3) since losing 0-2 to Royal Antwerp in the UEFA Europa League in November 2020.Liverpool have only lost one of their eight previous meetings with Austrian sides in European competition (W6 D1), a 0-1 home defeat to Grazer AK in 2004-05 UEFA Champions League qualifying en route to winning the tournament proper that season.This will be the first ever competitive meeting between LASK and Liverpool; the Austrian side have faced English opposition four times previously – two defeats in the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League last 16 to Manchester United and one defeat and one draw with Tottenham Hotspur in the group stage of the same competition in 2020-21.

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