Liverpool let down by three players in Toulouse loss as Endo sparks Man Utd fury

Liverpool let down by three players in Toulouse loss as Endo sparks Man Utd fury

suffered a shock 3-2 defeat in Toulouse on Thursday night, with the French underdogs taking three precious points from ‘s weakened side. Aron Donnum, Thijs Dallinga and Frank Magri scored to render Cristian Casseres’ own goal and Diogo Jota’s consolation meaningless, as Express Sport takes you through four major talking points from an eye-opening dose of European action…

Reds trio let side down

Precisely zero Liverpool players will be leaving France pleased with how things went but Kostas Tsimikas, Wataru Endo and Cody Gakpo endured particularly tough evenings.

A dreadful error from Tsimikas led to Donnum’s opener, and the Greek was hauled off at the interval after a clumsy first-half display. Endo was meant to provide solidity in the middle of the park and allow Dominik Szoboszlai to rest, but in the end he did neither, as the Hungarian was brought on to replace him before the second period got underway.

Gakpo, meanwhile, offered little in the way of a focal point up top, which made it difficult for the visitors to gain any sort of control once Toulouse grew in confidence.

Endo sparks Man Utd fury

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag was infuriated on Wednesday night at a number of refereeing decisions during his side’s loss to Copenhagen, including a seemingly soft red card issued to Marcus Rashford.

Red Devils supporters were therefore left raging when Endo stuck his boot into a similarly high challenge against Toulouse, only to be shown a yellow card instead. The tackle effectively ended the Japanese international’s evening, as Klopp brought him off at the break to reduce the risk of following United’s lead and going down to 10 men.

Klopp spurns golden opportunity

Liverpool could have lightened their workload significantly by winning at Stadium TFC. With LASK beating Union Saint-Gilloise elsewhere in Group E, a victory for the Reds would have seen them through to the knockout rounds as guaranteed group winners.

The result that wasn’t to be would also have punched Liverpool’s ticket straight to the last 16, skipping the two-legged round of 32 reserved for teams that finish second in the groups. Klopp and co still stand a great chance of bypassing the taxing double header, but they are only two points in front and their work is far from over.

Doak given tough love

Handed his third senior Liverpool start, two days shy of his 18th birthday, right-winger Ben Doak was actually one of the visitors’ brightest sparks in the first half, exhibiting his superb one-on-one ability and drawing fouls.

That wasn’t enough to protect him from Klopp’s desperate triple change at half-time, however. Big guns Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold were among those introduced, but Liverpool lacked the necessary fight to topple Toulouse on their own patch.