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Union St. Gilloise 2, Liverpool 1 - Match Recap: But Can The Baby Reds Do It On A Cold Night In Belgium? (No)

A look back at the key moments in Liverpool’s spunky but fruitless defeat to Union SG in Europa League action.

R. Union Saint-Gilloise v Liverpool FC: Group E - UEFA Europa League 2023/24 Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Union Saint Gilloise 2 - 1 Liverpool FC

Union SG: Amoura 32’, Puertas 43’
Baby Reds: Quansah 40’

Pre-Match

Captain Curtis Jones! Plus Endo, Elliott, Gapko, Konate, and children.

First Half

The Baby Reds are looking a bit disjointed, which was always going to be the case.

About halfway through the half and The Baby Reds are growing into it a bit, although they have yet to record a single shot, so I guess it’s all relative.

After mostly holding the home side at bay, Union SG catch The Baby Reds in transition and just beat the offside trap, converting the subsequent 1 v 1. Kelleher doesn’t cover himself with glory there, but is also unlucky after swiping the ball off the attacker’s foot, but the rebound falls right into Amoura’s path.

Jarell Quansah equalizes! The Baby Reds win their first corner of the night, and Quansah takes a deft touch before powering a right footed effort past the keeper.

Aaaand then Kelleher gets beat near post from a strike from the top of the box. Way to ruin a Jarell Quansah party. Rude.

The home side leads at the half, and deservedly so. It’ll be interesting to see if Klopp “goes for it” in the second half by bringing on some more experienced firepower, or just lets The Baby Reds continue to do their thing.

Second Half

Klopp makes a couple of halftime subs, likely planned for minutes: Joe Gomez comes in for Konate and takes the captain’s armband off Curtis Jones, and Ryan Gravenberch comes on for Wataru Endo.

Kelleher/The Baby Reds get bailed out by VAR after it appeared that the home side scored a third. However it was quite apparent that it was handled in the build up. Klopp makes two more changes: Nunez on for Doak and Calum Scanlon on for Luke Chambers.

Klopp makes his final change with 15 minutes to go, bringing off Kaide Gordon for James McConnell. Hopefully no relation to Kentucky’s long-serving fascist senator and turtle impersonator.

Final Thoughts

The Baby Reds fought the good fight, but were ultimately outmatched by Union SG. Europa League action will return in March. Now let’s kick on in the league.

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