Wednesday night sees Liverpool take on Genk in the Champions League. The Reds go into the tie second in the group on three points whilst the Belgians are bottom with just one point. Liverpool are without key men Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold for the tie, ruled out with a knee injury and a virus respectively. Speaking ahead of the game in Belgium, James Milner and Jürgen Klopp agreed Liverpool need to improve their away form in the Champions League.
Last season the Reds scraped through the group stages in the Champions League. Liverpool lost every away game and won every home tie in the groups. There were emphatic defeats to Red Star Belgrade and Paris Saint Germain as well as a sucker punch last minute loss to Napoli. In return, Liverpool sneaked a last minute winner against PSG, battered Red Star and broke Napoli’s hearts with a 1-0 win in the final group game.
Speaking at their pre-match press conference ahead of the Genk tie, broadcast on the club’s official site, James Milner and Jürgen Klopp confirmed that Liverpool must improve their continental away form. Milner told the press, “we need to improve away from home, we’ve had some good results…we need to improve”. When asked the same question about the Reds form outside of Anfield, Klopp said “last year we were lucky with how tight the group was, that will not happen this year…we know that we have to improve”.
Genk is the ideal game to prove that the Reds have shaken off their away trip demons. The Belgian side were battered 6-2 by Salzburg on the opening day and haven’t enjoyed the best of starts domestically. Liverpool need an emphatic win to send a statement and take goal difference out of the equation come the final match day.