Liverpool will welcome Toulouse to Anfield for matchday three of Group E’s Europa League action as both sides look to take control of the group. The clash on Thursday will kick off at 19:00 GMT.
Liverpool’s Winning Start to the Group E Campaign
Liverpool have played twice and won twice in Group E.
They have scored five times and conceded just once. They have collected six points, which puts them at the top of the group heading into matchday three.
Jurgen Klopp and his charges will focus on a third consecutive win and with it, taking control of Group E.
Can Toulouse Pass the Anfield Test?
Toulouse are also unbeaten in Group E with a draw and a win. They have scored just twice and conceded once. Their four points place them second on the table.
Toulouse will look to cause an upset away to Anfield on Thursday. They will focus on leveraging their solidity and compactness to frustrate Liverpool and allow them to create and take opportunities.
Jurgen Klopp will be without three players ahead of welcoming Toulouse to Anfield on Thursday.
Central midfielder Thiago is sidelined with a fitness issue. The 32-year-old has struggled with fitness since October 3rd, thus missing the last three matches for the Reds. He is unlikely to be fit enough to feature against Toulouse on Thursday.
Right-back Conor Bradley is unlikely to be included in the matchday squad to face Toulouse on Thursday. The 20-year-old fullback is recovering from a back injury that has kept him out of contention for the last 12 matches. Liverpool have not set a return date for the youngster.
Klopp will also be without left-back Andrew Robertson who is dealing with a shoulder injury. The 29-year-old has been out injured since October 12 and is projected to miss around matches for Liverpool; he is expected to be back fit by December 31st.
Toulouse will be without right-back Zakaria Aboukhlal for their trip to Anfield on Thursday. The 23-year-old fullback suffered the injury on September 22nd. He has missed five matches for Toulouse so far this season and will not be among the matchday squad to face Liverpool on Thursday.
Toulouse manager will be glad that most of the squad are fit and available for selection. This will provide him with the flexibility and death he needs to get his tactics and personnel right for the clash at Anfield. A win will see Toulouse leapfrog Liverpool to the top of the group table.
Alisson; T. Alexander-Arnold, I. Konate, V. van Dijk, K. Tsimikas; D. Szoboszlai, A. Mac Allister, R. Gravenberch; M. Slaha, D. Jota, L. Diaz
G. Restes; M. Desler, L. Cosat, R. Nicolaisen, G. Suazo; V. Sierro; A. Donnum, N. Schmidt, C. Casseres Jr. C. Gelabert; T. Dallinga
Liverpool will look to play on the front foot in front of the home supporters. Jurgen Klopp will expect his charges to be energetic and maintain a high tempo in the match. He will also expect them to have the right aggression as they bid to win a third straight match in the Europa League this season.
Klopp is also expected to rotate his squad for the Europa League as he bids to balance the workload for his players as the Premier League heats up.
Toulouse will be pragmatic in their approach. They will press and be aggressive when out of possession. However, they will focus on maintaining their structure and shape and ensure that they are solid and compact.
The low-block press will allow them to defend well when Liverpool attack and deny the Reds any spaces behind the defense or between the lines to exploit.
Liverpool will have too much for the Ligue 1 side. The Reds will win and make it three consecutive wins in the Europa League group-stage campaign.
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