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Liverpool and Tottenham finish top of their Europa League groups


 
 


Liverpool and Spurs made sure they finished the Europa League group stages top of their respective groups.

Both sides had already secured a spot in the last 32 going into their final games, but there was still work to do for both sides as they made sure they topped their group and ensured an easier draw in the knockout stages.

Liverpool knew a point would be enough to top the group against Swiss side Sion, and that result would also suit the hosts, who would finish second as long as they didn't lose or if Rubin Kazan failed to win.

Klopp again rotated his squad with young left back Brad Smith the most notable call up, as well as club captain Jordan Henderson making a return after a long injury lay-off. 

The game played out with both teams seemingly content to play out a draw, with Divock Origi having the best chances for Liverpool but failing to find the net as the match ended 0-0, which was enough for both sides.

Spurs sealed top spot in their group in a somewhat more emphatic style against French side Monaco, who went to White Hart Lane needing a win to keep their hopes alive. 

The side who knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League last season however were powerless to resist as a first half in which Spurs were dominant was capped with a hat trick from Eric Lamela.

El Shaarawy pulled one back in the second half before a great solo effort from Tom Carroll sealed the win and continued Spurs' impressive run, having lost only twice all season in all com­pe­titi­ons.

Monaco's relatively short fall from grace was compounded as they were not only well beaten, but eliminated from the competition as a result.

Whilst the pressure was on for the Premier League sides in the Champions League, for Spurs and Liverpool the Europa League has, as of yet, not proved too much of a distraction.

Spurs have been impressive both domestically and in Europe, and their quali­fica­ti­on never seemed in doubt. Liverpool had some shaky opening performances in Europe under Brendan Rodgers, but under Klopp Liverpool have done what was needed without ever really being at their best.






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