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Union Saint-Gilloise 2-1 Liverpool: Klopp’s youth experiment falters

Despite a defeat to Union Saint-Gilloise in the Europa League on Thursday night, Liverpool advances to the competition’s last 16 as group winners, having already secured their place before the match.

Mohamed Amoura and Cameron Puertas were the goal scorers for Union, securing crucial goals for the team. Union will now progress to the Europa Conference League after securing third place in the final standings by defeating LASK.

The match was not an entertaining spectacle from a Liverpool perspective. Despite having the majority of possession early on, Jurgen Klopp’s heavily rotated side had nothing at stake, while Union was fighting to stay in Europe.

For most of the first half, Liverpool struggled to create opportunities, and Union, determined to take the lead, made numerous attempts, although most did not trouble Caoimhin Kelleher. Amoura scored the opening goal just over half an hour into the game, finishing a counter-attack from close range.

Liverpool’s first attempt of the night, on or off target, resulted in an equalizer in the closing stages of the first half when Quansah scored from Curtis Jones’ corner. However, Union quickly regained the lead before halftime, with Puertas firing a shot from the edge of the box.

Playing at Anderlecht’s stadium instead of their own due to UEFA regulations, Union drew confidence from taking the fight to Liverpool, who struggled to create opportunities. Union thought they had a third goal when Quansah’s poor header gifted the ball to the Belgians, leading to a goal by Puertas. However, VAR identified a handball in the build-up.

Liverpool vs Union Saint-Gilloise: The Reds qualify despite the loss

This moment seemed like an opportunity for Liverpool to come alive, especially as Klopp introduced Darwin Nunez during the VAR check. However, Union continued to have chances, with Kelleher making crucial saves and Amoura creating a golden opportunity for Gustaf Nilsson, who somehow missed.

As the game entered its closing stages, Union still looked most likely to score the next goal. Kelleher was called into action a couple of times, and Amoura provided a glorious chance for Gustaf Nilsson to seal the game, but the Swedish striker missed.

Union continued to press, and Kelleher made another save from substitute Dennis Eckert. Just before that, Ryan Gravenberch forced Anthony Moris into his first save of the night with only Liverpool’s second shot. Moris made one more stop in the 95th minute, securing the memorable victory for Union.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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