Liverpool FC player Cody Gakpo - Alamy (FREE TO USE)Liverpool gained another three points against LASK to progress to the Europa League knockout stage, writes Ella Percy at Anfield.

A Cody Gakpo brace came after Luis Díaz opened the scoring and Mohamed Salah moved onto 199 goals for the Reds.

The three points mean Liverpool can’t be caught at the top of Group E while LASK drop out of the competition.

LASK started brightly but chances from the likes of Marin Ljubičić and Moses Usor didn’t come to fruition.

It didn’t take long for Liverpool to settle down and they took their first big chance. Joe Gomez smartly crossed for Díaz who made no mistake with a diving header in the 12th minute to make it 1-0.

Shortly after, Sascha Horvath slid it through to Usor, who tried to make amends, but nothing came of it.

Gakpo the doubled Liverpool’s lead just three minutes after the first. Diaz slid the ball into Salah, who looked like he was going to score before chipping across for the Dutchman to finish from close range.

Kostas Tsimikas then saw a booming shot from the edge of the area rattle the crossbar only for Gakpo to be ruled offside.

It took just six minutes after the break for Liverpool to add a third. LASK’s goalkeeper, Tobias Lawal, took out Gakpo inside the area and the referee pointed to the spot. There was no doubt who was taking it as Mo Salah converted to move to within one goal of a double century for Liverpool.

Gakpo then tried an ambitious shot from just outside the box, but it just missed the bottom corner.

Three substitutions were made for Liverpool in the 56th minute as Ibrahima Konaté, Salah and Díaz made way for Darwin Núñez, Curtis Jones and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Núñez almost had an instant impact after picking the ball up in the box to shoot from point blank range by missed.

In the 62nd minute there were four LASK substitutions as Maksym Talovyerov, George Bello, Filip Stojković and Marin Ljubičić made way for Rene Renner, Ibrahim Mustapha, Elias Havel and Florian Flecker.

In a rare chance for the visitors their number 23, Mustapha, took a shot at Caoimhin Kelleher, who comfortably claimed it.

Their lack of chances didn’t stop the away fans from being in full voice throughout.

As LASK started to grow into the game in search of a consolation, Kelleher made an important stop to keep hold of his clean sheet.

And it was Liverpool who grabbed a fourth goal in injury time when Alexander-Arnold slid in Gakpo, who smashed it home to cap off an impressive night for Liverpool who sent a firm statement of intent in the competition.