Jonjo Shelvey saved Liverpool’s blushes with two goals in an entertaining Europa League group game at Young Boys today in Bern, Switzerland.
Juhani Ojala inadvertently headed into his own net to put Liverpool ahead before poor defending let Raphael Nuzzolo fire in an equaliser.
Reds debutant Andre Wisdom’s header restored the visitors’ lead, only for Ojala to nod home and Gonzalo Zarate to chip in to put Young Boys 3-2 up.
A Sebastian Coates header and Shelvey’s strikes then gave the Reds victory.
Liverpool’s tally is the first time they have scored more than four in a European match since they posted the record Champions League victory in November 2007 with an 8-0 win over Besiktas.
Substitute Shelvey, 20, finished off an incisive Liverpool move with a first-time right-footed shot for his first and sealed the win when he surged towards goal before powering in a left-footed effort.
Meanwhile Tottenham Hotspur started their Europa League campaign at home with a goalless draw after failing to force a breakthrough against a stubborn Lazio side.
Clint Dempsey had a first-half header ruled out in a marginal offside decision, while the visitors struck the bar through Alvaro Gonzalez’s volley.
Aaron Lennon and Dempsey failed to convert a messy goalmouth scramble.
And Spurs were left frustrated when Steven Caulker’s late header found the net but was disallowed for pushing.
And the third English Premier League club in action today, Newcastle, hit the woodwork three times as they started their campaign with a goalless draw away to Maritimo on the island of Madeira.
Dan Gosling struck the foot of the post with a low drive on the half- hour.
And Shola Ameobi hit the bar with a curling shot, having earlier had a header pushed against the post. Valentin Roberge’s powerful header from a corner, nodded off the line by Davide Santon with 10 minutes to go, was as close as the Portuguese hosts came. (BBC)