Liverpool have finished the night top of group E as the Reds recorded a routine win over Genk at Anfield. Jürgen Klopp’s side were dominant throughout the game and never looked like losing.
The hosts opened the scoring after just 14 minutes. Smart work by Divock Origi gave James Milner room to cross, the auxiliary left back’s drilled ball in pinged between a couple of Genk defenders before Gini Wijnaldum smartly turned the ball into the roof of the net.
A rare foray forward saw Genk win a corner just before half time. Mbwana Samatta met the cross with ferocity at the near post, thumping a header past Alisson on 40 minutes.
Normal service was resumed shortly after the break when some deft touches in the box from Mo Salah set up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to fire in his third goal in two games against Genk.
The Reds dominated the ball and tempo of play for the majority of the game. The Belgians looked threatening at times toward the end of the match, forcing a smart stop out of Alisson Becker with just 10 minutes remaining.
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Given that Jürgen Klopp put out a rotated side with one eye on the weekend’s crunch clash with Man City, tonight was a good victory for the Reds. Genk are a good side – they got a draw out of Napoli after all.
The other game in group E saw Napoli draw with Red Bull Salzburg, this means that victory for Liverpool against the Napoli on the 27th of November will see the Reds qualify for the knockout stages.