Last night, Liverpool managed to reach the group stages of the Europa League. The Merseyside club were 1-0 up from the first leg against Hearts and needed just a draw to make it through. However, Brendan Rodgers was taking no chances and fielded a full strength side. Reina, Suarez, Gerrard and Skrtel all started last night as Liverpool got a disappointing 1-1 draw, considering the circumstances, but it was still enough to take the Premier League side through to the next round.
Liverpool dominated throughout the game, but just couldn’t find the net for the most part of the game. Even though Liverpool dominated, the Scottish side were not afraid to play their own game and were not intimidated by their opposition. The first chance fell to Hearts, but Callum Paterson hit a shot wide. After that, Hearts didn’t get many more chances to take the lead over Liverpool. The next few chances fell to Liverpool, with Suarez tricking his way into the box, but his shot was hit right at the keeper.
At half-time the score was 0-0 and the games chances was at a premium, but Liverpool looked like they could step up a gear at any moment. Liverpool pressed and had many shots on the Hearts goal, but still couldn’t press for the lead. Hearts then had a penalty claim turned down from referee, after Paterson went down from a challenge made by Jamie Carragher. The referee waved the claims away and decided the contact on the player was minimal.
The teams were still locked at 0-0 in the 75th minute, even though Liverpool had bombarded the Scots goal for the majority of the game. Suarez had 3 guilt-edge chances to give Liverpool the lead, but didn’t capitalise on Hearts’s mistakes. The game looked set to finish 1-0 on aggregate, but David Templeton had other plans. In the 85th minute the striker had a shot on Pepe Reina’s goal, the Spaniard should have probably done better with the shot, but Liverpool’s number One couldn’t prevent the shot squirming underneath him.
The game looked destined to go to extra-time, but Liverpool still continued to press for the winner. First Suarez had a shot on goal, but was saved easily. The next shot that Suarez had was one he had to take. The Uruguayan ran down the left, before firing low across goal from a tight angle on 88.
Liverpool will now join group A in the Europa League, along with: Udinese, Young Boys and Anzhi Makhachkala. Before they have worry about taking on these teams, Liverpool now have to look towards Sunday, when they play Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League.