Salah on target as Liverpool fight back to edge LASK on Europa League return

AFP , Thursday 21 Sep 2023

Second half substitute Mohamed Salah scored late in the game as Liverpool came back from behind to beat LASK 3-1 in Linz in the Europa League on Thursday.

Mohamed Salah
Liverpool s Mohamed Salah, left, celebrates after scoring his side s third goal during the Europa League group E soccer match between Linzer ASK and FC Liverpool in Linz, Austria, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023. AP


The Reds fell behind for the fourth time in five matches this season

Liverpool, playing in the Europa League for the first time since finishing runners up in 2016, changed their entire starting 11 away to LASK and quickly fell behind.

In the 14th minute, Sascha Horvath lobbed a corner to Florian Flecker just outside the Liverpool box. The Austrian midfielder controlled the dropping ball before smashing a rocket shot past Caoimhin Kelleher in the Liverpool goal.

Darwin Nunez levelled with a 55th-minute penalty kick after Luis Diaz was brought down.

After 61 minutes, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp started to replace teenagers with regular starters.

Within two minutes they were ahead when Ryan Gravenberch burst down the right and crossed low for Diaz to score from close range.

Two minutes from the end Mohamed Salah, a second-half replacement, poked home a third.

In Moldova, Leandro Paredes scored four minutes into first-half injury time to give Roma the lead away to Sheriff.

Colombian Cristian Tovar levelled but Romelu Lukaku gave Jose Mourinho's team a narrow victory.


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