Liverpool and LASK have never met before and the Austrians will be the Reds 135th different European opponent.
Liverpool are playing in their 48th European campaign, and this is their 19th in the Fairs Cup/UEFA Cup/Europa League.
This will be Liverpool’s first match in this competition for 2,682 days. That game was the 2016 final in Basel. None of the 18-matchday squad available that day remain at Anfield.
Moreover, Joe Gomez is the only current player to have appeared for Liverpool in this competition – two games (both 1-1 draws) in 2016, against Bordeaux and Sion.
Klopp 1 away from 50
If Liverpool win this game it will be Jurgen Klopp’s 50th victory in Europe as Liverpool manager – the first Reds boss ever to reach the landmark. Rafa Benitez also won 49.
Liverpool have not lost successive away games in European competition for four years – May 2019 at Barcelona in the Semi-Final (3-0) and 2-0 at Napoli in the group stage the following September.
The Reds have not conceded a goal after the 37th minute of any game so far this season.
Group stage success, now for more
In European competition, the Reds have won 11 of their last 12 group games. They lost their opening group match last season in the Champions League at Napoli 4-1 with Luis Diaz scoring their solitary goal.
The Reds have scored 21 goals in their last six away European group matches.
LASK will be the Reds’ fifth Austrian opponent after Austria Vienna, Swarovski Tirol, AK Graz and RB Salzburg.
In the previous eight meetings, Liverpool have won six. They are unbeaten in Austria (three wins, one draw) with the only loss coming at home to AK Graz in a Champions League qualifier in 2004 at Anfield on the way to their Istanbul success.
Time for Doak to join Owen?
An appearance by Ben Doak would see him become the fourth youngest ever Liverpool player in Europe after Phil Charnock, Raheem Sterling and Michael Owen.
And should he score, he would become only the second 17 year-old after Michael Owen (17 years 276 days in 1997) to score for Liverpool in Europe. Doak would be 17 years and 314 days old.
Getting to know the hosts
LASK (full name Linzer Atheletic-Sport-Klub) were founded in 1908 and in 1965 became the first club outside of Vienna to win the Austrian league title – its only Championship to date and also won the Cup in the same year.
They have not won a major trophy since.
Last season they finished third in the Austrian Bundesliga behind RB Salzburg (by 14 points) and Sturm Graz.
Since their biggest home defeat in Europe (to Manchester United) they have lost only one of 11 at home – to Royal Antwerp in 2020/21, winning seven and drawing the other three. Their last four at home in Europe have all been won.
LASK have won 15 of their last 22 home matches in Europe, losing just 3 times in a run stretching back to 2000.
First time for this ref
Marco Di Bello (Italy) takes charge of both Liverpool and LASK for the first time. He reffed both Manchester United and Arsenal in this competition last season.
Scorers so far this season
LASK: Zulj 5, Ziereis 3, Goiginger 2, Havel 2, Kone 2, Ljubicic 2, Flecker 1, Jovicic 1, Luckeneder 1, Mustapha 1
Liverpool: Diaz 2, Nunez 2, Salah 2, Gakpo 1, Jota 1, Robertson 1, Szoboszlai 1, own goals 2
* Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea (@ged0407).