september 20, 2012 • 03:52 PM • last update 04:23 PM

Liverpool sneaks past Young Boys in Europa League thriller

Liverpool's Nuri Sahin gets past Young Boys' defender Elsad Zverotic in a thrilling Europa League game that ended 5-3.
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Three-time winner Liverpool beat Young Boys 5-3 in a thrilling Europa League opener in Switzerland on Thursday, providing a lifeline for under-fire coach Brendan Rodgers.

Substitute Jonjo Shelvey scored Liverpool's fourth goal 10 minutes after coming off the bench, before sealing the result two minutes from time. Teenager Andre Wisdom scored Liverpool's second goal on his debut, after an own goal by Juhani Ojala had given the Premier League side an early lead.

Sebastian Coates added Liverpool's other goal in his first European match.

Raphael Nuzzolo, Ojala and Gonzalo Zarate scored for Young Boys, which briefly led in the second half.

Rodgers fielded a vastly different side from the one that tied at Sunderland last weekend, including appearances for youngsters Dani Pacheco, Suso and Wisdom, as well as handing Nuri Sahin a start in midfield. In total, there were eight changes.