Gallery: Liverpool edge out Bordeaux to make the knockout stages

Anfield Kop

Liverpool secured their passage to the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday.

It was a good night for Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday as they booked their place in the last 32 of the tournament, ensuring that European football will be played at Anfield in February.

The Reds came from behind to win 2-1, as a James Milner penalty and Christian Benteke strike spared the blushes of Simon Mignolet - whose insistence on hanging onto the ball for over 20 seconds led to Henri Saivet giving visiting Bordeaux side the lead. 

The night started off with the Ligue 1 side showing a banner showing their thanks to British football fans for displaying solidarity with their country after the recent terrorist attacks on Paris.

Then the football began and it wasn't the kind of performance that we saw from the Reds last Saturday, when they dismantled Manchester City on their own patch. There were sloppy phases in the game, but they achieved their main objective in qualifying for the knockout stages with a game to spare - which gives Jurgen Klopp the option of giving a few youngsters an opportunity when they travel to Sion in just under two weeks' time.

It now makes it five wins from six games in all competitions from Klopp's side, and here are some of the best images from Thursday night's action - an evening which featured a wild refereeing performance, to say the least:

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