Champions League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Genk
Date & time: November 05th 2019, 20:00
Is it on: BT Sport
Ref: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
Another tight Premier League game for Liverpool at the weekend, this time away at Villa Park, has further whet the appetite of Reds fans that this might just be our best chance of winning the league in 30 years.
A hard-fought comeback in the final three minutes of normal time and four minutes of stoppage time ensured the Reds stayed top of the table by six points, as Man City also completed their own 2-1 turnaround at the Etihad.
But attention will turn to defending our Champions League title mid-week, and victory at home to Genk would all but secure our passage into the knockout stages, with just a tricky away tie at Salzburg and a visit of Napoli to Anfiel at the end of the year to navigate.
The away side have not been in great form since they last met Liverpool, winning one, drawing one and losing their most recent league game at the weekend.
Whilst Liverpool have yet to lose a game this season, outside of that sole defeat away to Napoli. Each overturned deficit will further eat away at the nerve of opposition teams too, knowing that we're never truly beaten until the final whistle.
So tomorrow could well become a case of damage limitation for the Belgian team, with Jurgen Klopp having already suggested he'll bring in some fresh legs, but still be playing a strong team.
Injuries & Suspension
Speaking of which, on the injury front, there are no new concerns for the Reds with just Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri the only short term concerns.
Nathaniel Clyne is obvious out into next year but otherwise Jurgen has a more-or-less fully fit squad to choose from tomorrow night.
For Genk the only absentee will be veteran keeper Danny Vukovic. So we should expect to see a strong side fielded by the away team at Anfield tomorrow night.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): D-W-W-W-W
Genk (all comps): L-L-W-D-L
Predicted Line up
It really is a tough one. On the one hand, victory tomorrow, and depending on Napoli's result, we really could as good as sow up progress to the knock-outs.
But we also have the biggest game of our season so far on Sunday and we'll want everybody fit and available for that match.
Having said that, we play on Tuesday at Anfield and return to Anfield on Sunday, so there's literally no travelling involved. Whilst Man City have to travel to play in Italy on Wednesday night.
This means that the champions will have almost 2 days less preparation time ahead of Sunday. We're just surprised that Pep hasn't been moaning our heads off about that since Saturday afternoon.
We expect Klopp to go strong. Probably keep the core players the same, whilst maybe rested a handful of players that have played most games.
So we're thinking it'll probably see perhaps Andy Robertson, Gini Wijnaldum and perhaps Mo Salah given the night off. Or the first hour off, at least.
Starting line-up: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Milner, Fabinho, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Origi and Firmino.