Liverpool - Toulouse FC predictions and free betting tips [26/10/2023]
Today Liverpool will host Toulouse in the 3rd round of the Europa League group stage at Anfield.
Liverpool: Kelleher, Gomez, Koumetio, Konate, Jones, Henderson, Gravenberch, Elliott, Jota, Salah, Nunez.
Toulouse: Restos, Desler, Costa, Nicolaisen, Suaso, Caseres, Schmidt, Sierro, Djuricin, Cesar, Dellingha.
Liverpool has claimed the maximum points after the first 2 rounds, having beaten Union 2:0. In the Premier League, the club currently sits 4th with 20 points, trailing the leader by three points. A key victory was secured against their city rival Everton, winning 2:0. Manager Jurgen Klopp prefers the 4-3-3 setup. Klopp is still restructuring the club, having added quality footballers during summer. Thanks to a strong roster, he often resorts to rotation, giving opportunities to young players. Klopp uses the European Cup as a platform to gradually integrate new players into the team. Liverpool lost Robertson to a shoulder injury during the international break, and he is out for several months. Klopp also lacks Thiago Alcantara. However, these losses have not affected the team's performance. Liverpool has its eyes set on the Europa League title this year.
Toulouse sits second in the group, having gathered 4 points. A crucial victory was claimed against LASK on their home ground with a 1:0 score. In Ligue 1, Toulouse stands mid-table. They drew 1:1 with Reims during the weekend. Manager Ter Zakarian employs a 4-3-3 setup. The team finds it challenging to compete on both fronts due to lacking players for effective rotation. Dellingha has been performing as the central striker, but his efforts are yet to bear fruit. Toulouse established an attacking style football last season, but they're currently far from peak form. The crucial news before the Liverpool match is a conflict between defender Saho and Zakarian, with the player attacking the coach during practice; this incident was witnessed by many. The management faces the tough task of retaining the player and maintaining Zakarian's authority in the dressing room.
The teams have met twice, with Liverpool taking the victory in both meetings. The encounters took place during the Champions League in 2007, with the Englishmen winning 4:0 at home and 1:0 away.
Liverpool - Toulouse match forecast
The Premier League has one of the most challenging schedules among European clubs, and no concessions are made for Europa League participants. Klopp's task is therefore to secure a playoff berth as early as possible and to utilise youth in the Europa League. My wager is on a Liverpool win.