Venue – Anfield, Liverpool
Referee – Ivan Kruzliak (SVN)
Date & Time – Tuesday, November 5th 2019 @ 20:00
Current Odds – Liverpool 2/25, Draw 9/1, KRC Genk 25/1
It’s another night of European football at Anfield this Tuesday. Us Reds fans have been completely spoiled with the amount of special Champions League fixtures we’ve had the pleasure of seeing in recent years. That’s all thanks to Jurgen Klopp. This game won’t be one to live long in the memory but a win could set Liverpool off on another unforgettable journey between now and May.
Jurgen Klopp’s mighty Redmen just keep upsetting everyone. It’s great to see. This Liverpool team has garnered a reputation as one of those sides that are never quite beaten. They showed more of this fantastic fighting spirit at Villa Park on Saturday. 1-0 down after 87 minutes, The Reds battled back to take all three points with goals in the 87th and 94th minutes of the game, breaking Aston Villa hearts in the process.
That win maintained Liverpool’s six-point lead ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
In this competition, Klopp’s side can take a massive stride towards qualification for the last-sixteen stage with a win over Genk.
Genk are languishing in 9th position in the Belgian Jupiler League, having lost five of their opening 13 games this season.
They’ve won one, drawn one and lost one since their defeat to Liverpool a couple of weeks ago. The loss was last Saturday when they went down 2-0 away to KAS Eupen.
Liverpool Team News
Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri are out for Liverpool through injury. Naby Keita is also carrying a slight knock which he picked up in the 5-5 Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal on Wednesday night.
Jurgen Klopp will probably opt for Joe Gomez to start in central defence as Dejan Lovren will most likely be kept for the Manchester City game next weekend.
I think Fabinho will start as he didn’t feature in the win at Aston Villa on Saturday. The Brazilian midfielder will probably need some minutes under his belt to be in optimum condition for Sunday’s match.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may also start after his two-goal performance for The Reds in the 4-1 win away to Genk.
At least one of the front three could be rested on Tuesday night so Divock Origi will get another start at Anfield.
Genk Team News
Felice Mazzu has a fully fit squad to choose from for Genk’s visit to Merseyside.
In the home game, the Belgian club lined out in a 4-4-1-1 formation and we can expect to see the same formation on Tuesday.
Genk have no players missing through suspension for this game, either.
Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Origi
KRC Genk XI (4-4-1-1) – Coucke; Maehle, Cuesta, Lucumi, Uronen; Ito, Heynen, Berge, Bongonda; Samatta; Onuachu
When they last met
Liverpool won 4-1 when the sides met in Belgium two weeks ago. It was the first-ever meeting between the clubs in any competition. Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (x2), Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah gave The Reds victory. Stephen Odey scored a late consolation strike for Genk.
Liverpool 4 – 0 KRC Genk
Liverpool should win this game comfortably, as they did in Belgium a fortnight ago. Expect plenty of goals in the game. Some players will be playing for a starting place in the huge Premier League clash with Manchester City next Sunday.