Ryan Gravenberch scored his debut goal for Liverpool in a Europa League match against Union Saint-Gilloise. The summer signing found the back of the net just before halftime, capitalizing on a parried shot by Trent Alexander-Arnold, handled by Anthony Moris.
The goal provided a spark in what had otherwise been a lackluster first half with few chances at Anfield. Darwin Nunez missed a significant opportunity to equalize for the visitors when he sent his shot wide from Mohamed Salah’s cross, while Gustaf Nilsson also missed a header from close range.
Gravenberch continued to impress, almost securing a second goal just after the hour mark, but his dipping effort was saved by Moris. Liverpool eventually sealed the victory with Diogo Jota’s goal after a quick break.
While it may not have been a memorable performance, it was a routine win for Liverpool, which was a welcome change after the VAR controversy in their previous Premier League match against Tottenham. With this victory, Liverpool tops Group E with six points from two games.
Manager Jurgen Klopp summed it up, saying, “Job done.” He emphasized that winning isn’t always about being exciting and acknowledged that there were lessons to be learned from the game.
One of the standout performers of the match was Ryan Gravenberch, the 21-year-old Netherlands midfielder who joined Liverpool from Bayern Munich. He put in a dynamic display, making tackles, creating chances, and scoring the opening goal. Gravenberch’s performance could earn him more starting opportunities in the Premier League.
Reflecting on his goal, Gravenberch said, “It feels super good. It was the best goal of my career so far.” He also emphasized that the manner of scoring doesn’t matter, as a goal is a goal.
Notably, the match featured a unique family reunion as Liverpool midfielder Alexis faced his brother Kevin, who started as a defender for Union SG. It was the first time they had competed against each other in their careers, making it a special moment for the Mac Allister family. While Alexis claimed the win, Kevin’s solid performance added to the significance of the occasion.