After the 4-0 win Saturday against Burnley, Rafa Benitez expected better performance from his team against the Hungarian Champions, Debrecen. Liverpool didn’t play badly – they were the dominant side for most of the 90 minutes and created much more chances, but the game didn’t flow as expected against a much inferior side that did play to score and not just sit behind and kick balls away.
Despite the lackluster performance, a nice combination of passes left Torres in a good situation, and despite Poleksic’s save, Dirk Kuyt scored off the rebound, leaving Liverpool with the three points.
Dirk Kuyt, 45th minute
In the other game in Group E, Lyon beat a 10-man Fiorentina team, with Pjanic scoring the winner 12 minutes from time.