Liverpool vs Genk preview | Confirmed team news | Expected Line-up’s | Prediction
This is our match preview ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Genk at Anfield including team news, line-ups and prediction
Liverpool are back in Champions League action tonight as they take on Genk at Anfield.
The Reds head into the game off the back of a dramatic 2-1 comeback victory over Aston Villa at the weekend which maintained their six-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
Liverpool welcome City to Anfield on Sunday in what will be a pivotal game in this seasons title race but Jurgen Klopp insists his side are fully focused on Champions League matters as they prepare to take on Genk this evening.
The Merseysiders currently sit second in Group E on six points – one point behind Napoli and three ahead of Salzburg – so victory tonight would see Liverpool put one foot in the knockout stages if Napoli beat Salzburg in Italy.
Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns to worry about but Joel Matip remains on the sidelines as he’s still recovering from a knee injury that’s hampered him in recent weeks.
Xherdan Shaqiri is also still working his way back to full fitness from a calf injury while Nathaniel Clyne is out for the foreseeable future with a knee ligament injury.
Fabinho is set for a recall after not being risked at the weekend as a fifth booking would have ruled him out of Sunday’s showdown with Man City so Adam Lallana is set to make way this evening.
Klopp has confirmed he’ll bring in fresh legs so we could see the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson given a breather with Joe Gomez, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita pushing for recalls.
Mohamed Salah has been carrying a niggling ankle injury recently so the Liverpool boss may opt not to risk him ahead of Sunday’s clash with Man City. Divock Origi could start in attack.
As for Genk, they’ll be without goalkeeper Danny Vukovic due to an Achilles injury but top scorer Mbwana Samatta should be recalled after being rested at the weekend.
Genk XI: Coucke; Maehle, Cuesta, Lucumi, Uronen; Ito, Heynen, Berge, Bongonda; Samatta; Onuachu.
Liverpool 3-0 Genk: Liverpool won the reverse fixture 4-1 in Belgium two weeks ago and the Reds are unbeaten in 23 European games at Anfield so they’ll be confident of securing another three points this evening. Liverpool aren’t playing their best football yet but they are still grinding out results. Despite fielding a weakened side, I still expect Klopp’s men to ease to victory this evening.
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