Tonight marks the halfway point in the Champions League group stage and sees Liverpool make the short trip over to Belgium to play Genk, the reigning champions of the Belgian Pro League. Tonight is a major chance to end our 4 game losing streak when it comes to away games in the groups.
Coming on the back of a relatively poor performance on Sunday, the European Champions will surely look to put a good shift in and ensure that they head into the second half of the group stage in good stead.
Klopp will be forced to make at least two changes from the 1-1 draw at United on Sunday. Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold weren’t a part of the travelling party due to a knock and a virus respectively. Other than that, Jurgen will have the same squad of players available to him as he did on Sunday, bar one.
The inclusion of Mo Salah in the squad is a boost. While he may not start, the Egyptian will obviously provide a threat from the bench. You could see how missed he was on Sunday and the sooner he’s back in the team the better,
On the Genk side of things, defender Neto Borges continues to miss out due to a foot injury and usual number 1, Danny Vukovic, is still unavailable due to an Achilles injury he picked up in the summer.
Alisson will retain his place in goal after a relatively trouble-free afternoon at Old Trafford. I think Dejan Lovren will partner Virgil van Dijk in defence which will then see Joe Gomez move out to right back.
I believe there will be at least one piece of rotation in the midfield. As we play Spurs on Sunday, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Naby Keita start ahead of Jordan Henderson and maybe James Milner to slot in ahead of Gini Wijnaldum. Fabinho starts every game for me in the defensive midfield role.
The front three will most likely be Sadio Mane, Bobby Firmino and Divock Origi as I don’t see Klopp chancing Salah’s fitness. A case could be made for Rhian Brewster as he wasn’t involved in the u19s 2-0 victory this afternoon but I think he’ll only make the bench.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A resounding win.
Though Genk held Napoli to a 0-0 draw last time out, Salzburg beat them 6-2 on the opening day and I wouldn’t be afraid to say our attacking threat is better than the Austrians. We should have way too much to handle for the Belgians and our defence is good enough to keep them out.
As Napoli travel to Salzburg, it’d be no shock if Salzburg were to get something from that game. They very nearly did at Anfield so a win in Belgium tonight may see Liverpool top the group by the end of this evening.
I’m going with 4-0 Liverpool.
Up the Reds.