5 talking points from Liverpool 4-0 LASK

Here are the five main talking points from Liverpool 4-0 LASK in the Europa League. The Reds are through to the last 16.

A little rotation

Jurgen Klopp was always going to rotate here going into the busiest period of the season. He did just that, with several dropping out from the draw with Manchester City last weekend.

And yet, in a sign of a strong squad, this was actually still a very reliable team. There may still be a few holes as far as quality goes - everyone would want an elite defensive midfielder - but Liverpool are in a very good place with their depth right now.

Nothing shows that better than the forwards. Diogo Jota injured, Darwin Nunez on the bench, and Klopp can still call on Mohamed Salah, Cody Gakpo and Luis Diaz. All of whom scored here.

Joe Gomez coming into his own

Things are a little weird for Joe Gomez in the squad. He's principally backup to Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back and that usually wouldn't be much of an issue.

But with Alexander-Arnold now playing a more right-back/holding midfielder hybrid role, Liverpool are asking a lot of Gomez. Naturally, he's a centre-back but here he is drifting into midfield and seeing a lot of the ball in creative areas.

He deserves a lot of credit for nailing it so far. Gomez created three chances in his 56 minutes in the role here, assisting the opener. Only Ibrahima Konaté saw more of the ball while the Englishman was at right-back - and yet Liverpool were very good going forward.

Gomez even narrowly missed a long-distance drive that could have brought his first goal. It's a role that might actually suit him.

199 and counting

Mohamed Salah netted from the spot for 3-0 and with that, he moved onto 199 goals for Liverpool. The Egyptian is now closing in on becoming just the fifth player in the Reds' history to reach the mark.

Gordon Hodgson was the first, followed by Billy Liddel, Roger Hunt and Ian Rush. It's an elite group of the finest goalscorers we've seen at Anfield - and a group Salah will soon belong to.

Hopefully, this weekend against Fulham.

Very open. Too open?

Liverpool were electric going forward here, particularly in the first half. They moved through LASK with ease, getting their forwards into the game pretty much every time they had the ball.

The flip side is that LASK broke through Liverpool far too often. In fact, they did it quite regularly while the Reds were 3-0 up. You'd like to think Klopp's team would keep things tighter in that situation - not that it ended up mattering in the end.

Liverpool were even the ones to use the space to score themselves. Let's hope that continues to be the case.

Group winners

Liverpool are through as group winners, then. That can't be overstated as the Reds move into the busiest period of the season - they'll essentially have one fewer game as a result of this.

Klopp can rotate heavily against Union SG - which is just as well as the following fixture is against Manchester United. The old rivals will have a massive midweek fixture with Bayern Munich. Liverpool, in contrast, needn't worry about theirs.

And perhaps that proves decisive.

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