Liverpool secured three points on matchday 3 of the 2023/2024 UEFA Europa League. The result was achieved after Liverpool thrashed Toulouse 5-1 at Anfield on Friday, October 27, 2023.

Liverpool secured three points on matchday 3 of the 2023/2024 UEFA Europa League. The result was achieved after Liverpool thrashed Toulouse 5-1 at Anfield on Friday, October 27, 2023.

Liverpool’s five-goal victory was scored by five different players. They were Diogo Jota (9′), Wataru Endo (30′), Darwin Nunez (34′), Ryan Gravenberch (65′), and Mohamed Salah (90+3′).

This win further solidified Liverpool’s position at the top of the current standings. The Reds have achieved a perfect nine points.

So, how did the Liverpool players perform in this match?

Caoimhin Kelleher – 5

It wasn’t a satisfying performance from Kelleher. Toulouse’s single goal passed too easily beneath him, and he nearly conceded a second goal if not for Trent Alexander-Arnold’s save.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8

In this match, he didn’t purely play as a wing-back. His movements toward the center significantly impacted Liverpool’s ball circulation. His assist to Endo was of high quality.

Joe Gomez – 7.5

Gomez had a solid performance in this match. He was tough and composed in the heart of the defense. Although there were a few moments where he was caught out due to the opponent’s quick movements.

Joel Matip – 6

Matip’s performance was overshadowed by Gomez’s more prominent presence. While it wasn’t disappointing, it wasn’t outstanding either. Matip played to his usual standard and didn’t make any fatal mistakes.

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Luke Chambers – 5

His report was poor because his performance fell below expectations. Liverpool’s left side could still function without his presence. However, it’s not a big issue since he is only 19 years old.

Curtis Jones – 7

Jones was decent in terms of the attack. Although his contribution was less compared to his two midfield partners. Defensively, Jones still needs more practice.

Wataru Endo – 9

Endo finally had a moment to prove himself. He had a classy performance in this match, with his first goal for Liverpool. His role as a ball interceptor and a bridge to the front line went smoothly.

Ryan Gravenberch – 9

If there were two Man of the Match awards, then Endo and Gravenberch deserved them. Gravenberch had a different role; he was more progressive with his dribbling and movements without the ball.

Diogo Jota – 7.5

His first goal was beautiful, bypassing the opponent and calmly placing the ball into the net. Unfortunately, that was the only shot Jota took throughout the game. He failed to contribute more.

Darwin Nunez – 7.5

If we say he was good, it’s because of his goal, positioning, and link-up play. If we say he wasn’t great, it’s because Nunez also had moments of not performing well, especially when he missed a golden opportunity in the 65th minute.

Harvey Elliott – 6.5

Among the two other Liverpool forwards, Elliott was less prominent. There were some erroneous decisions that hindered the team’s progression and made it difficult for himself.

Cody Gakpo – 6.5 (66′)

He had enough time to make an impact, but Gakpo was less contributive compared to when Nunez played in the forward position.

Callum Scanlon – 5 (66′)

Similar to Chambers, the 18-year-old Scanlon seemed nervous when playing. It was due to his mentality, as his defensive and offensive actions ended poorly.

Jarell Quansah – 6.5 (66′)

Quansah didn’t work too hard in this match. Toulouse, who occasionally penetrated Liverpool’s defense, didn’t require many defensive actions from this 20-year-old defender.

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Mohamed Salah – 7

Entering in the final 20 minutes, Salah still showed his skills. His goal in injury time ensured he remains a weapon for Liverpool whenever needed.

When the player wearing the number 38 appeared on the fourth official’s board, 21 minutes before the end of regular time, the entire stadium rose to pay tribute to Gravenberch.

Gravenberch has had a significant impact since joining the Reds from Bayern Munich, and he seems to enjoy the Europa League. He now has two goals and one assist in three appearances in the 2023/2024 season.

Wataru Endo’s Goal
Endo scored his first goal for Liverpool after appearing in nine games for the Anfield side. The Japanese international executed a perfect header to the far corner from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross. The 30-year-old player deserves praise for his aggressive and classy performance.

Diogo Jota’s Performance
It took only nine minutes for Liverpool to find a breakthrough here, and it was all down to Diogo Jota. His goal against Toulouse was his fifth of the season, with only Salah scoring more goals for Liverpool in all competitions. Like Gravenberch, he has now scored goals in consecutive appearances in the Europa League.

Young Players
It was a proud night for Liverpool’s Academy. No less than seven academy graduates were given playing time.

Luke Chambers also made his first start for the Reds. The Preston-born defender, who has been with the club since the age of six, made his senior debut in the Carabao Cup victory over Leicester City last month, but here he performed well as he was given more than an hour to impress.

Darwin Nunez’s Influence
Nunez clearly had an influence on this game with his full performance. The Uruguayan player successfully scored a goal, confidently finishing with his left foot to make it 3-1 after 34 minutes. This was Nunez’s fifth goal of the season.