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Footage of Union Saint-Gilloise’s pre-match speech has emerged online as their captain is seen to rally his side ahead of what became a historic night for the German club.
The English side had already secured qualification in Group E, having beaten LASK 4-0 and Toulouse 5-1 earlier in the competition.
Heading into the match, the Belgian club were motivated by their captain’s words, who began: ‘Today, I don’t want one person in this dressing room to think we have nothing to lose.
‘Of course we have something to lose. We speak about qualifying for the next round in Europe, we speak about money, we speak about being proud.
Liverpool conceded twice in the first half of their final Europa League group stage clash
Liverpool supporters have furiously claimed that Union Saint-Gilloise’s first goal against the Reds in Thursday’s Europa League encounter was offside
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Cameron Puertas of Spain celebrates his sides winning goal at the Europa League clash
Darwin Nunez applauds at the end of the match after Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat
‘Be proud of yourselves at the end of the game. We can achieve something amazing guys, something that will be remembered for the rest of our lives.
‘Your family will be proud of you. I don’t ask you to change your mentality today because since we played our first game we’ve had a good mentality, a mentality to win! Belgian game, friendly game, Croky Cup, I don’t care – we have this mentality.
‘Today I expect from all of you a big game, a big performance. I speak to you like this because I know we have the quality. Believe in yourself, your teammates and we’ll make history tonight!
It was the Belgian side who took the lead just over half an hour into play, with Mohamed Amoura netting for the hosts.
Liverpool youngster Jarell Quansah, aged 20, levelled the scoring for the visitors just minutes later, though it was Cameron Pueratas who secured the win late in the first half.
The match was not without controversy though, as Liverpool fans raged at officials for allowing the hosts’ first goal to be allowed as many believed it was offside.