Liverpool beat LASK to top Europa League group

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By Emma SmithBBC Sport at Anfield

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Luis Diaz scores the opening goalLuis Diaz (number seven) scored at Anfield for the first time since August to put Liverpool in front

Liverpool have reached the last 16 of the Europa League as group winners with victory over LASK at Anfield.

Luis Diaz and Cody Gakpo both struck in the space of three first-half minutes before Mohamed Salah's penalty after the break and Gakpo's second late on in a straightforward win.

Toulouse's failure to beat Union St-Gilloise ensures Liverpool cannot be caught at the top of Group E.

The Reds go through to the knockouts and avoid February's play-off round.

Liverpool had total control inside 15 minutes following a quickfire double.

First, Diaz sprayed a ball wide to Joe Gomez before running around the back of the defence into the area to meet the right-back's cross and steer his header into the net.

Shortly after, a well-worked move between Diaz, Salah and Gakpo around the LASK box was finished from close range by the Dutchman.

Liverpool missed several first-half chances to put the game to bed, but had to wait until LASK keeper Tobias Lawal felled Gakpo in the area on 48 minutes, allowing Salah to slam in the third, with Gakpo adding a fourth following Trent Alexander-Arnold's clever pass.

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Line-ups

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

62Kelleher2Gomez5KonatéSubstituted forAlexander-Arnoldat 56'minutes78Quansah21TsimikasSubstituted forChambersat 82'minutes38GravenberchSubstituted forBradleyat 82'minutes3Endo19Elliott11SalahSubstituted forJonesat 56'minutes18Gakpo7DíazSubstituted forNúñezat 56'minutes

Substitutes

4van Dijk8Szoboszlai9Núñez10Mac Allister17Jones32Matip44Chambers45Pitaluga49Gordon50Doak66Alexander-Arnold84Bradley

LASK

Formation 3-4-1-2

1Lawal5Ziereis16Andrade4TalovierovBooked at 58minsSubstituted forHavelat 60'minutes22StojkovicSubstituted forFleckerat 61'minutes30Horvath21Ljubic2BelloSubstituted forRennerat 61'minutes10Zulj9LjubicicSubstituted forMustaphaat 61'minutesSubstituted forKonéat 74'minutes17Usor

Substitutes

7Renner11Koné14Balic18Jovicic23Mustapha24Havel25Ba27Goiginger28Siebenhandl29Flecker33Luckeneder55Darboe

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Match ends, Liverpool 4, LASK 0.

Second Half ends, Liverpool 4, LASK 0.

Attempt saved. Harvey Elliott (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Conor Bradley.

Goal! Liverpool 4, LASK 0. Cody Gakpo (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Conor Bradley (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moses Usor (LASK).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Jarell Quansah (Liverpool).

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Elias Havel.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Andrés Andrade.

Attempt blocked. Darwin Núñez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wataru Endo.

Attempt saved. Robert Zulj (LASK) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Florian Flecker.

Attempt blocked. Florian Flecker (LASK) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sascha Horvath with a cross.

Foul by Wataru Endo (Liverpool).

Moses Usor (LASK) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution, Liverpool. Luke Chambers replaces Kostas Tsimikas.

Substitution, Liverpool. Conor Bradley replaces Ryan Gravenberch.

Corner, LASK. Conceded by Joe Gomez.

Attempt saved. Cody Gakpo (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wataru Endo.

Foul by Jarell Quansah (Liverpool).

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Liverpool

Squad number62Player nameKelleher

Squad number2Player nameGomez

Squad number5Player nameKonaté

Squad number78Player nameQuansah

Squad number21Player nameTsimikas

Squad number38Player nameGravenberch

Squad number3Player nameEndo

Squad number19Player nameElliott

Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah

Squad number18Player nameGakpo

Squad number7Player nameDíaz

Squad number9Player nameNúñez

Squad number17Player nameJones

Squad number44Player nameChambers

Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold

Squad number84Player nameBradley

LASK

Squad number1Player nameLawal

Squad number5Player nameZiereis

Squad number16Player nameAndrade

Squad number4Player nameTalovierov

Squad number22Player nameStojkovic

Squad number30Player nameHorvath

Squad number21Player nameLjubic

Squad number2Player nameBello

Squad number10Player nameZulj

Squad number9Player nameLjubicic

Squad number17Player nameUsor

Squad number7Player nameRenner

Squad number11Player nameKoné

Squad number23Player nameMustapha

Squad number24Player nameHavel

Squad number29Player nameFlecker

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