By Victor Kanayo
Liverpool FC squad were in form Thursday night as they destroyed LASK 4-0 to book a last 16 place in the Europa League at Anfield.
The Premier League side also won group E with the highest ganered points.
Reds On Fire
The Reds scored two quick-fire goals in the opening 15 minutes as Luis Diaz and Cody Gakpo both fired in from close range, before Mohamed Salah’s second-half penalty – his 199th goal for Liverpool – made it 3-0 after the break, as captured by Skysports.
Salah was taken off shortly after his goal, meaning he will have the chance to reach a double century of goals for the club when his side host Fulham on Sunday afternoon. There was time for Gakpo to score an injury-time fourth after a stunning pass from substitute Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Liverpool have qualified with a game to spare as Toulouse’s draw with Union Saint-Gilloise, which means Jurgen Klopp’s side have secured top spot in Group E, which puts them straight into the last-16 round instead of a February play-off for finishing in second place.
Liverpool wasted the chance to top their Europa League group when they lost at Toulouse last time out – but they wasted little time in getting this result in the bag early doors.
Also, another Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion overcame AEK 1-0 Athens to book their spot in the last 16 of the continental club competition, just as West Ham beat Backa Topola 1-0 away.
The duel between Atalanta and Sporting Lisbon ended 1-1, but Villarreal stopped Panathinoakos 3-2 in Spain, same way Marseile edged out Ajax 4-3 at home.