Genk vs Liverpool preview | Reds duo ruled out | Expected Line-up’s | Prediction
This is our match preview ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Genk including team news, line-ups and prediction
Liverpool are in Belgium to take on Genk in their Champions League group stage clash at the Luminus Arena this evening.
The Reds saw their winning run in the Premier League come to an end with a 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Sunday afternoon with Adam Lallana netting a late equaliser at Old Trafford to preserve Liverpool’s unbeaten record and see them open-up a six point lead at the top of the table.
However, the focus turns to European matters this evening as Liverpool continue the defence of their trophy against Genk and they need a win to move one step closer to securing qualification to the knockout stages of the competition.
The Merseysiders currently sit second in Group E on three points – one point behind leaders Napoli – after their first two matches so a win over bottom side Genk would keep Liverpool well on course for the next phase.
Liverpool have been dealt a double blow as Trent Alexander-Arnold hasn’t made the trip to Belgium due to illness while Joel Matip has been ruled out of the game after picking up a knee problem against United.
However, forward Mohamed Salah is back in contention after missing the Man Utd game with an ankle injury so the Egyptian international is expected to be recalled in attack with Divock Origi making way.
Klopp could freshen things up with Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all pushing for recalls while Lallana will also hope to feature following his goal at the weekend.
Genk will be without goalkeeper Danny Vukovic due to an Achilles injury while Neto Borges is also still on the sidelines with a foot problem.
Genk 1-3 Liverpool: The hosts have a woeful record in the Champions League as they have won none of their last 14 matches at this level so Liverpool should be extremely confident of coming home with a positive result. It will be a concern to Klopp that his side have won just one of their last 10 away games in Europe but I think we’ll see the defending champions improve upon that record tonight. I’m going for a routine 3-1 Liverpool win with Salah among the scorers.
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