Champions League Match Preview: Genk vs Liverpool
Date & time: October 23rd 2019, 20:00
Where: Luminus Arena
Is it on: BT Sport
Referee: Slavko Vincic (SVN)
It wasn't the best of preparations for another crunch tie in the Champions League against mid-table Man Utd on Sunday, with the Reds coming away with just a point.
The players had huffed and puffed for 75 minutes before they actually appeared to come to life with 15 minutes to go.
And that's all it took to find an equaliser, with Adam Lallana tapping in at the far post in the 84th minute but Liverpool were largely very poor and lucky to get a draw in the end.
We may have dominated large portions of the game, having more possession, a handful more chances, but the home side contained us well enough and we lacked much threat.
But Mo Salah will return in some form tonight, whilst Genk won't present the same level of quality of even one of the worst Utd sides we've seen in the past 20 years.
It's all set then to be a potential banana skin. Liverpool need a display to whet the fan's appetites again, as the players appear to have been skating through games without ever hitting top form for much of the season so far.
Injuries & Suspension
Liverpool will go to Belgian tonight without half of our first-choice defence, with Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold both out, as we reported on Tuesday night.
Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez are expected to slot in in their absences, whilst Mo Salah should return to the squad, but whether he starts remains to be seen.
Genk themselves are without Danny Vukovic and Neto Borges but they will otherwise have a strong squad to choose from.
Last 5 games:
Genk (all comps): W-D-D-W-L
Liverpool (all comps): W-W-W-W-D
Predicted Line up
After another turgid display from what appears to be Klopp's first-choice midfield on Sunday, we fully expect him to mix it up a bit.
Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita all impressed on Sunday coming off the bench and we wouldn't be surprised to see one or more of them starting tonight.
Also, as stated already, Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren are expected to take Joel Matip and Trent's places in defence.
Alisson should retain his place, in what is likely to be a game where he sees little of the ball, whilst we'd be keen to see Divock Origi take his place on the bench, if Mo Salah is fit. Better to take him off after 45-60 minutes than to have to bring him on late on in the match.
Starting line-up: Alisson, Gomez, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robbo, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Mane, Salah and Firmino.