Liverpool hit Sparta for six to reach last eight

Mohamed Salah

Liverpool thrashed Sparta Prague at Anfield to complete a resounding aggregate victory as they moved in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Already 5-1 ahead after a dominant first-leg showing in the Czech Republic, Darwin Nunez’s opener was the first of four goals in seven first-half minutes as the Reds overwhelmed their opponents.

And by full-time the hosts had run up their biggest aggregate win in a European competition since the 11-2 success over Finnish side Oulun Palloseura in the first round of the European Cup 1980-81.

Dominik Szoboszlai’s precise cut-back allowed Uruguay forward Nunez to start the rout, as he registered his ninth goal in 11 games, by guiding a low effort into the bottom right corner.

Bobby Clark, the son of former Newcastle midfielder Lee, capped a fine first European start with his first senior goal just 68 seconds later, with the teenager rolling the ball past visiting goalkeeper Peter Vindahl as Sparta gifted Liverpool possession on the edge of their own box

An almost identical error from the visitors allowed Mohamed Salah to stroke in a third for Jurgen Klopp’s side and the Egyptian then turned provider with a near-post cross for Cody Gakpo to add a fourth.

Sparta did briefly stem the tide and Veljko Birmancevic outpaced Wataru Endo to steer the ball past home goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher shortly before the break.

It provided a fleeting moment of joyous celebration for the visiting supporters on an otherwise dismal evening for the Czech champions on Merseyside.

With an FA Cup quarter-final at rivals Manchester United on the horizon on Sunday, Klopp withdrew Joe Gomez, Endo and Nunez at the interval but the hosts showed no signs of relenting.

Szoboszlai’s deflected effort shortly after the break put the home side into double figures across the two legs and Gakpo’s improvised flick from substitute Harvey Elliott’s curling shot rounded off matters.

Player of the match

van DijkVirgil van Dijk

with an average of 8.58

Liverpool

  1. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk
    Average rating

    8.58

  2. Squad number8Player nameSzoboszlai
    Average rating

    8.46

  3. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
    Average rating

    8.45

  4. Squad number42Player nameClark
    Average rating

    8.45

  5. Squad number19Player nameElliott
    Average rating

    8.45

  6. Squad number9Player nameNúñez
    Average rating

    8.45

  7. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    8.45

  8. Squad number3Player nameEndo
    Average rating

    8.40

  9. Squad number84Player nameBradley
    Average rating

    8.39

  10. Squad number18Player nameGakpo
    Average rating

    8.36

  11. Squad number2Player nameGomez
    Average rating

    8.30

  12. Squad number78Player nameQuansah
    Average rating

    8.26

  13. Squad number21Player nameTsimikas
    Average rating

    8.23

  14. Squad number62Player nameKelleher
    Average rating

    8.21

  15. Squad number53Player nameMcConnell
    Average rating

    8.19

  16. Squad number92Player nameMusialowski
    Average rating

    8.06

Sparta Prague

  1. Squad number26Player nameVydra

    Average rating

    3.91

  2. Squad number27Player namePanák

    Average rating

    3.68

  3. Squad number14Player nameBirmancevic

    Average rating

    3.65

  4. Squad number2Player namePreciado

    Average rating

    3.59

  5. Squad number18Player nameSadílek

    Average rating

    3.58

  6. Squad number11Player nameTuci

    Average rating

    3.57

  7. Squad number1Player nameVindahl

    Average rating

    3.57

  8. Squad number22Player nameHaraslín

    Average rating

    3.57

  9. Squad number9Player nameKuchta

    Average rating

    3.55

  10. Squad number20Player nameLaçi

    Average rating

    3.48

  11. Squad number41Player nameVitík

    Average rating

    3.45

  12. Squad number4Player nameSolbakken

    Average rating

    3.41

  13. Squad number6Player nameKairinen

    Average rating

    3.38

  14. Squad number30Player nameZeleny

    Average rating

    3.36

  15. Squad number32Player nameRynes

    Average rating

    3.34

  16. Squad number37Player nameKrejcí

    Average rating

    3.33

Line-ups

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 62Kelleher
  • 84Bradley
  • 78QuansahBooked at 65minsSubstituted forvan Dijkat 66′minutes
  • 2GomezSubstituted forTsimikasat 45′minutes
  • 26Robertson
  • 8Szoboszlai
  • 3EndoSubstituted forMcConnellat 45′minutes
  • 42ClarkSubstituted forMusialowskiat 73′minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 9NúñezSubstituted forElliottat 45′minutes
  • 18Gakpo

Substitutes

  • 4van Dijk
  • 7Díaz
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 13Adrián
  • 19Elliott
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 49Gordon
  • 53McConnell
  • 67Koumas
  • 76Danns
  • 92Musialowski
  • 93Mrozek

Sparta Prague

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Vindahl
  • 2Preciado
  • 41Vitík
  • 30Zeleny
  • 37Krejcí
  • 32RynesSubstituted forPanákat 45′minutes
  • 4SolbakkenSubstituted forVydraat 75′minutes
  • 6Kairinen
  • 20LaçiSubstituted forSadílekat 58′minutes
  • 14BirmancevicSubstituted forTuciat 66′minutes
  • 9KuchtaSubstituted forHaraslínat 58′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Olatunji
  • 10Karabec
  • 11Tuci
  • 18Sadílek
  • 19Mejdr
  • 22Haraslín
  • 24Vorel
  • 26Vydra
  • 27Panák
  • 28Wiesner
  • 29Sevcík
  • 44Surovcík

Referee:
Artur Manuel Soares Dias

Match Stats

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Match ends, Liverpool 6, Sparta Prague 1.

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