Liverpool hope to recover from the gut-wrenching weekend result as they host Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise in the Europa League group stage.
The Reds had their hearts wrenched out against Tottenham over the weekend, with an infamous VAR gaffe contributing to their last-second 2-1 defeat while reduced to nine men. A Joel Matip own-goal spelled doom with the final kick of the match as Liverpool tried desperately to hang on.
While they saw the points evaporate at the death on Sunday, Liverpool can still use that heroic effort to spur them on this season, and it starts here midweek against their European opponents.
Union Saint-Gilloise sit atop the Belgian top flight standings through nine matches, above Gent only on the goals-scored tiebreaker. They are known for their attacking flair, as their 18 goals scored is second in the league behind fourth-placed Club Brugge, but they are leaky at the back, as their 12 goals conceded is more than anyone else amongst the table’s top eight sides.
The Sporting News is following the Liverpool vs Union Saint-Gilloise match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Liverpool vs Union Saint-Gilloise live score
Liverpool (4-3-3, right to left): Alisson (GK) — J. Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson — Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, C. Jones — Salah, Jota, L. Diaz.
Union SG (3-4-3, right to left): Imbrechts (GK) — K. Mac Allister, Machida, Burgess — Terho, Amani, Vanhoutte, Lapoussin — Rasmussen, K. Rodriguez, Puertas.
Liverpool vs Union Saint-Gilloise live updates, highlights, commentary
1 hour 45 mins to kick: Some Belgian fans have made their way to England for today’s match! It looks to be a rainy, dreary day in Liverpool, but that won’t stop these traveling supporters from backing their club.
— Royale Union Saint-Gilloise (@UnionStGilloise) October 5, 2023
— The Guide Liverpool ☀️ (@TheGuideLpool) October 5, 2023
2 hours to kickoff: A fun side story to today’s match is the matchup between brothers Alexis and Kevin Mac Allister. The Argentine duo both joined their respective clubs this offseason, with Alexis sealing a transfer to Liverpool from Brighton while Kevin moved to Europe after a seven-year domestic career with Argentinos Juniors.
The Liverpool Echo did a fun interview with their father Carlos who served as Secretary of Sports for the Argentine government from 2016 to 2019 after a professional career of his own that saw him play 124 times for Boca Juniors and make three national-team appearances.
???? Liverpool vs Union Saint-Gilloise. Alexis Mac Allister vs Kevin Mac Allister.
???????? Whatever the result, it promises to be a memorable night for the Mac Allister family.
In Thursday’s ECHO: pic.twitter.com/miBjwWmxPX
— Keifer MacDonald (@KeiferMacD) October 5, 2023
Liverpool vs Union Saint-Gilloise lineups & team news
The only Liverpool players definitely missing for this match are Thiago Alcantara and Cody Gakpo, who are out injured. Thiago is working his way back from a hip injury but will need a few more weeks, while Gakpo suffered a knee injury in the process of scoring his goal against Tottenham over the weekend.
Midfielder Stefan Bajcetic is suffering from a “tiny little calf injury” according to Jurgen Klopp, and he’s unlikely to take part as they play it safe with the youngster.
Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota are both suspended for Premier League action over the weekend, meaning they are both likely to be involved here before being rotated out of necessity in the coming matches.
Liverpool projected starting lineup (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — J. Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson — Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, C. Jones — Salah, Jota, L. Diaz.
Liverpool subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)
Union Saint-Gilloise will be missing former Borussia Monchengladbach striker Dennis Eckert, who has a knock.
The status of goalkeeper and captain Anthony Morris is uncertain after he was withdrawn from Sunday’s 3-1 league victory over Charleroi. Also forced off due to injury was right-back Guillaume Francois and he could be sidelined for this game.
The brother of Liverpool midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, Kevin Mac Allister, is at Union Saint-Gilloise and has played a big role this year at centre-back. He was rested for the weekend’s victory but will likely be reintroduced for this game.
Union SG projected starting lineup (3-4-3): Imbrechts (GK) — K. Mac Allister, Machida, Burgess — Terho, Amani, Vanhoutte, Lapoussin — Rasmussen, K. Rodriguez, Puertas.
Union SG subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)
How to watch Liverpool vs Union Saint-Gilloise
|USA||TUDN, Unimas||Paramount+, Fubo, Univision NOW, TUDN app.|
|UK||TNT Sports 1||TNT Sports Ultimate, discovery+|
|India||Sony TEN 1||Sony LIV, JioTV|
|New Zealand||—||beIN Sports Connect|
|Malaysia||beIN Sports 3||beIN Sports Connect, sooka|
|Singapore||beIN Sports 3||beIN Sports Connect, StarHub TV+|
|Hong Kong||beIN Sports 3||beIN Sports Connect|
USA: Liverpool vs Union Saint-Gilloise from Anfield will be televised in the United States in English exclusively on the Paramount+ streaming service. The match can be found on television via a Spanish-language broadcast on TUDN and Unimas, which are both available on Fubo.
UK: Thursday’s match between Liverpool and Unions Saint-Gilloise will be shown in the UK on TNT Sports 1, and streamed on their electronic platforms.
Canada: Champions League and Europa League matches can be seen in Canada on DAZN.
Australia: Australia’s broadcaster for European continental competitions is Stan Sport.
Liverpool vs Union Saint-Gilloise betting odds & lines
to score Y / N
|Over / Under
|-500||+600||+1150||-120 / -120||-110 / -130||-185||+125|
|2/9||6/1||12/1||4/5, 10/11||93/100, 17/20||3/5||27/20|
|1.21||6.75||12.50||1.85 / 1.91||2.00 / 1.82||—||—|
|1.23||7.40||12.00||1.86 / 1.95||1.99 / 1.83||—||—|