Due to Toulouse’s surprising 3-2 win against Liverpool, second place is now difficult for the Linz team to achieve, and the race for third place, which allows them to switch to the Conference League, is also becoming complicated.
With two rounds to go, LASK is still last in Group E with three points, ahead of Saint-Gilloise (4), Toulouse (7) and Liverpool (9). The next game will take place in three weeks at Anfield Road, where, given this starting position, Liverpool will probably be much more concentrated than in the guest game in France. Should LASK lose against the “Reds” and Saint-Gilloise win in Toulouse at the same time, the Upper Austrians would be last before their final game on December 14th at home against Toulouse and would therefore be eliminated.
The unnecessary away defeats against Saint-Gilloise and Toulouse could now take revenge, as defense chief Philipp Ziereis admitted in the Sky interview. “If you look at the table, you know that we left points in the previous rounds that are now missing. If we take a point in Belgium and France, things will look completely different,” said the German.
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“Now we have to take something from Liverpool”
In addition to LASK’s opening defeats, captain Robert Zulj was also upset by Liverpool’s defeat. “It’s extremely bitter, but it’s no use anyway. We have to make sure we put in a top performance in Liverpool,” demanded the goalscorer to make it 3-0. A sensation with the “Reds” is possible, “but we also know that it will be very difficult there. We have to accept the situation and make the best of it.”
Ziereis also practiced practical optimism. “Toulouse have proven that they can beat Liverpool,” emphasized the defender. Goalie Tobias Lawal added that they still had the European Cup overwinter in their own hands, and Sascha Horvath shrugged in view of the table constellation: “Now we just have to take something from Liverpool.”
If you take LASK’s performance against Saint-Gilloise as a benchmark, winning a point in England doesn’t seem out of the question. “We achieved 100 percent of what we set out to do,” said Zulj. Horvath added: “We went full throttle from the first minute, were really disgusting and also did well in standard situations.”
Sageder about Klopp: “For us he criticizes the groundskeeper”
Coach Thomas Sageder gave his team high praise. “I’m extremely proud of the team. We put in an excellent performance for 90 minutes today and fully deserved to win at this level. This victory gives us a lot of strength and we continue to believe firmly in our chance of surviving the winter in the European Cup.”
However, Sageder couldn’t completely hide his displeasure that Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp practically sent a B starting eleven onto the pitch in Toulouse. “What can I say, I’m slowly starting to dislike him, now he’s setting up a team and in our case he’s criticizing the groundskeeper. But we have the opportunity to show what we think about it anyway,” said the Upper Austrian Sky.
First, however, LASK’s focus is on Sunday’s derby against Blau-Weiß Linz. The athletes travel to their city rivals with the reference of ten points from the last four rounds. Of the last seven competitive games, LASK has won five games with one draw and one defeat.
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