Liverpool progresses to the Final Eight of the Europa League after a second leg draw with Manchester United
Liverpool have successfully ended Manchester United’s Europa League campaign, and boy does it feel good. With a first leg that can be considered nothing less than domination, and a second leg that finished the job, Liverpool have possibly just found the highlight of their season.
I think if you composed a list of the clubs Liverpool fans most enjoyed beating, you’d likely find that United aren’t far from the top. There’s nothing better than a victory over your rivals – everybody knows that.
But not everything went our way in this second leg, which was always set to be a tougher battle at United’s home ground. The red devils had their moments, and looked threatening at times, even taking the first goal to lure their supporters into a false sense of optimism.
Then, the moment of magic produced by Philippe Coutinho to level the scores before half-time has even seen him compared to Lionel Messi (who scored against Arsenal on Wednesday in a similar fashion).
In total, the round ended with Liverpool holding a 3-1 victory on aggregate – seeing them progress to the final eight teams of the competition.
To provide a brief overview, the game was rather average. Our ratings peak with an outstanding 9, and slump with a shocking low of 4. A mixed bag would be the best way to describe the way the team played, with some players doing far better than others.
All that matters is the fact we made it through, and now we need to focus on dealing with whatever teams are sent our way. I personally think facing Dortmund (a better side than us in most areas) would be an outstanding chance for Jurgen Klopp to show that it’s a manager as well as the team which can make a difference.
Here’s Rush the Kop’s player ratings, and as usual, feel free to share your ratings with us in the comments below!