Liverpool will play their first Europa League game since suffering heartbreak in the 2016 final on Thursday night when the Reds face Austrian side LASK.
Much has changed since Liverpool fell to a 3-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final seven years ago, with Jurgen Klopp having built a dynasty with the Reds, winning everything on offer to the German. But, the only trophy that has evaded Liverpool under Klopp's reign is the Europa League, and Liverpool now have the chance to win the trophy during the 2023/24 season.
A fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last season saw the Reds miss out on a spot in the Champions League, with Liverpool being put in Group E of the Europa League with Union St.Gilloise, Toulouse and Thursday's opposition, LASK. The Reds enter the clash in good form, with a 3-1 win over Wolves on the weekend making it four wins in a row for Klopp's men.
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So, how could Liverpool fare in their Europa League opener? Let's take a look.
We simulated LASK vs Liverpool to get a score prediction
To complete this simulation, we used FIFA 23 and updated the squads with the latest injuries, transfers and suspensions. FIFA 23 is not up to date with the latest kits or numbers, so both sides are in the kits from the 2022/23 season.
We predict that the hosts could set up in a 3-4-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Lawal; Luckeneder, Ziereis, Andrade; Flecker, Jovicic, Horvath, Bello; Ljubicic, Zulj, Havel.
We predict that the Reds could line up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Kelleher; Gomez, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Endo, Elliott, Gravenberch; Salah, Nunez, Jota.
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