Who: Liverpool vs Genk
When: Tuesday, November 5th @ 3:00pm ET
Line: Liverpool -1250 | Draw +1050 | Genk +2500
Oddsmakers view Liverpool and Napoli as locks more or less to advance from Group E. A win vs Genk would put Liverpool at 9 points. If Napoli beat Red Bull Salzburg in Italy this week, Liverpool would just need a draw in their last two fixtures (@RBS, home vs Napoli) to advance.
Here’s your Liverpool vs Genk Champions League preview.
Liverpool vs Genk Champions League preview
Two weeks ago, Liverpool handled Genk in Belgium 4-1. The Belgiums had opportunities and played with purpose, but ultimately Liverpool’s offensive firepower won the day.
Jurgen Klopp rotated his line-up that match, inserting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita at midfield. Ox netted a brace and looked superb. It was Keita’s best match for the Reds since coming to the squad last year. Since then, Ox has continued to look sharp. Keita has been his maddeningly inconsistent self. Regardless, expect both to start again.
In general, expect Klopp likely to roll out the same line-up as he did in Belgium. The one potential regular who could be rotated is Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian was off against against Aston Villa and may need some time for his ankle to fully heel before their crucial match-up against Manchester City on Sunday. If Salah sits, Divock Origi should find his name on the team sheet.
Even with Joel Matip out with injury and Virgil van Dijk nowhere near the form as last season, Genk simply don’t have the weaponry to give themselves a shot at Anfield. For Liverpool fans, the hope is the Reds go up early and can give rest to Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and either Trent Alexander-Arnold or Andy Robertson in the second half.
Even though Liverpool don’t play City until Sunday, another game where the Reds lean on their opponent all match but don’t break-through until the closing minutes isn’t ideal. The lads need to rest those tired legs.
Oddsmakers think this one will have at least 4 goals (-132). At Anfield, it’s hard to argue with that. Liverpool win 4-0.