Ryan Gravenberch scored his first goal for Liverpool as they secured a 2-0 victory against Union Saint-Gilloise in the Europa League on Thursday. The Dutch midfielder, who joined from Bayern Munich in the off-season, netted from a rebound shortly before halftime, putting Liverpool 1-0 up. Gravenberch, a 21-year-old former Ajax and Bayern Munich midfielder, scored just before half-time, slotting in after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s shot was parried by Anthony Moris.
Diogo Jota then sealed Liverpool’s second straight win in the second-tier European competition with a low shot in second-half stoppage time. The Belgian side applied late pressure, but Liverpool wrapped up the win when Diogo Jota slotted in after a quick break. Liverpool now tops Group E with six points from two games, maintaining their 100% record in the Europa League group stage so far.
Liverpool midfielder Alexis MacAlister started on the bench before coming on as a substitute after half-time to join his elder brother Kevin, a defender for the Belgian club Union, on the field. This match was not only significant for the team’s performance but also marked a memorable moment for the MacAlister family as the brothers faced each other for the first time in their professional careers.
The Reds are 2 points clear atop Group E, ahead of Toulouse, who beat Austria’s Lask 1-0. Liverpool has missed out on qualification to the Champions League for the first time since 2016, but they seem to be navigating through the Europa League effectively, showcasing their ability to remain competitive on the European stage.
In another fixture, goals from Lucas Pacqueta and Nayef Aguerd helped West Ham secure a 2-1 victory at Freiburg, making it 2 wins from 2 games in the Europa League. Aguerd, unmarked in the area, headed the winner from a James Ward-Prowse corner in the 66th minute, the ball bouncing in off the underside of the crossbar. West Ham, winners of the Europa Conference League last season, now top Group A on 6 points.