Liverpool will host Toulouse at Anfield on Thursday in an attempt to maintain their perfect record in Group E of the UEFA Europa League.
This week marks the return of the UEFA Europa League, with the third group stage match. Liverpool’s European campaign is off to a flawless start, and they will be seeking to maintain their lead in Group E when they host Toulouse at Anfield on Thursday night.
Liverpool qualified for the UEFA Europa League in 2023–24 after placing fifth in the previous Premier League season. However, the Reds have recovered nicely thus far this season and are now a strong contender for the premier league championship. Additionally, they have defeated Union Saint-Gilloise and LASK to start their Europa League campaign 100%.
Toulouse, on the other hand, won the Coupe de France the previous season, earning them a spot in the UEFA Europa League. With just two victories in nine games so far this season, the Violets have had a difficult time in Ligue 1. However, they have had a strong start to their European journey, having won one and drawn one game to take second place in Group E.
In their two previous meetings, which took place in the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League, Liverpool defeated Toulouse. In advance of the most recent meeting between the two parties, The Hard Tackle examines the interaction in greater detail.
Jurgen Klopp’s preparations for his team’s most recent match are hampered by a number of urgent fitness issues. The Liverpool manager will be without five first-team players against Toulouse on Thursday.
Only twice have Liverpool and Toulouse faced off in UEFA competition before, with the Reds emerging victorious in August 2007 Champions League qualifying, winning 5-0 on aggregate over two legs. The only other European games Toulouse has played against an English team were those ones.
Toulouse is trying to win back-to-back games in a major European competition in the same season for the first time since 1987/88, when they defeated Panionios home and away in the UEFA Cup first round. Toulouse’s victory over LASK on matchday two put them ahead of the competition.
In their fifteen prior European home matches against French clubs, Liverpool has only suffered two losses (W12 D1).
After losing 1-2 to Lyon in the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, the Reds have won their last three games against French competition.