Jurgen Klopp Sends Europa League Warning to Liverpool Despite Opening Victory Over LASK

Jurgen Klopp Sends Europa League Warning to Liverpool Despite Opening Victory Over LASK

Rene Otinga
September 22, 2023 at 8:45 AM
  • Liverpool came from behind to beat Austrian Bundesliga side LASK 3-1 on Thursday, September 21
  • The Reds, who finished fifth in the league last season, are considered favourites to win the Europa League
  • But Klopp has sent fans a warning about their expectations despite a decent start to their European campaign

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp has warned that his side will not have ‘smooth sailing’ in the Europa League, despite being considered favourites to win the competition.

The Reds, for the second time in five days, had to come from behind to record a 3-1 win over Austrian side LASK, a result which mirrored their last Premier League game against Wolves.

Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz, and Mohammed Salah all got onto the scoresheet for Jurgen Klopp’s side to complete another impressive turnaround, which is the fourth time they’ve done so in five games.

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Jurgen Klopp looks on during the UEFA Europa League 2023/24 group stage match between LASK and Liverpool FC on September 21, 2023 in Linz, Austria. (Photo by Christian Hofer.
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After the game, Klopp spoke about his team’s chances of winning the Europa League. He played down talks of Liverpool being clear favourites in the competition.

"I know people expect us to fly through this competition," Klopp said, as per Sky News.
"It will not happen. We have to dig in and I thought we did. We can learn so much."

The 3-1 win was Klopp’s 50th European win as Liverpool manager, the most of any club boss in the past, as per Liverpool Echo.

The Europa League remains the only major trophy Jurgen Klopp has not won with Liverpool in his eight-year reign as manager.

He came close to clinching it in 2016 with a fairly tame squad, but fell short in the final as they were beaten 3-1 by specialists Sevilla.

How have Liverpool performed in the League?

In terms of the league, Liverpool have made a fairly decent start, accruing 13 points from a possible 15 in the first five games.

Their next game is against an unpredictable West Ham at Anfield on Sunday, September 24.

Moyes praises Kudus

Sports Brief also reported on David Moyes’ take on Mohamed Kudus after his heroics in the Hammers’ comeback win on Thursday.

The Ghana international scored his first West Ham goal to inspire the London club to a comeback win on Thursday night.

Kudus was handed his full debut against the Serbian side after starting for the first time since joining the Hammers from Ajax.

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