Liverpool took the upper hand in this Anglo-Scottish Europa League play-off tie with a scrappy win at Tynecastle. Relieved: Borini celebrates Liverpool’s lucky winner (Picture: Reuters) Liverpool took the upper hand in this Anglo-Scottish Europa League play-off tie with a scrappy win at Tynecastle. An Andy Webster own goal 12 minutes from time – the Hearts defender turning in Martin Kelly’s cross under pressure from Fabio Borini – ensured the Reds returned from Edinburgh with a slender first-leg lead. It means despite the 3-0 humbling in their league opener at West Brom, Brendan Rodgers’ side are well placed to progress in Europe ahead of next week’s return leg at Anfield. Liverpool, with one eye on Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City, left most of their big names back on Merseyside. But despite travelling to Scotland, Andy Carroll was not included in the squad as a question mark remains over his future at the club. Boss Rodgers opted instead to play Borini through the middle, with support from jet-heeled teenager Raheem Sterling and Jonjo Shelvey. And the Italian should have given the visitors the lead on the stroke of half-time when he struck a post after he was teed up by Sterling. A raucous Tynecastle crowd ensured Hearts battled to get back in the game after the restart. Yet despite some decent chances – especially late on – the Jambos just couldn’t find a way through the Reds’ rearguard.
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