Liverpool player ratings v LASK: Gakpo 9, Salah 8, Endo 6

Two goals from Gakpo and one apiece Luis Diaz and Salah, his 199th for the club, saw them coast past the Austrians at Anfield

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp declared himself satisfied with the 4-0 victory over LASK which secured top spot in their Europa League group with a match to spare.

Two goals from Cody Gakpo and one apiece from Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah, his 199th for the club, saw them coast past the Austrians at Anfield.

Toulouse’s draw with Union Saint-Gilloise meant Klopp’s side cannot be caught at the top and crucially that means avoiding the play-off round when the competition restarts in February.

“Two top results for us tonight in the group,” said Klopp.

“It was clear, with the defeat at Toulouse [last time out] we made it a bit more tricky but because of our result and their result we are now top of the table and that will not change.

“That’s good, very important in the busy schedule we have from now on.

“A lot of positives in the game, a lot of good football. The thing I didn’t like too much, and told the boys at half-time, [was] this game should have been put to bed already at half-time.

“You cannot play better, you cannot set it up better, [but] you can finish it better obviously – but we didn’t.

“Caoimhin [Kelleher] worked for his clean sheet, which he desperately wanted, and that’s good.

“We scored a fourth goal in the last minute or whatever, so result top, performance really good [and] nobody got injured. All good.”

Updated: December 01, 2023, 4:51 AM