Oxlade-Chamberlain (2’, 57’), Mané (77’), Salah (87’) // Odey (88’)
ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN IS BACK.
Liverpool travelled to Belgium with a new look midfield three, one much desired by many fans. It didn’t take long for the three to make an impact, as Oxlade-Chamberlain drilled a low shot to give the Reds the lead after just two minutes.
Genk probably had the better of the chances for the remainder of the first half, as Liverpool looked exposed in the middle of the park. It was Oxlade-Chamberlain again who scored to double Liverpool’s lead, through a sumptuous outside of the boot finish clipping the underside of the bar.
Sadio Mané and Mo Salah added two lovely goals to secure the three pours, but the clean sheet was not to be as Genk found their way in behind the Liverpool backline and slotted home to grab a late consolation goal.
Up the Reds.
Alisson Becker- 7/10
Nothing too fancy. Not at fault for their goal.
James Milner- 7/10
Did a solid job down the right and then the left later in the second half.
Dejan Lovren- 6/10
Thought he’d been alright all game and then he went and did that. Don’t know why he’s trying to shield the ball out for a goalkick a good thirty yards from the byline but here we are.
Virgil van Dijk- 7/10
On the whole, did his job, as you’d expect. Had a couple of shots which was nice to see. Was partly to blame for their goal though, as he left the scorer unmarked.
Andrew Robertson- 7/10
As with the rest of the defence, was alright. Nothing flashy, nothing bad.
Did well considering he had to deal with the entire middle of the pitch in the first half. Got some help off Naby for the second.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain- 8/10
Two cracking goals, especially the second, which he finished with absolute aplomb. Otherwise, decent performance. Think he could’ve contributed more defensively, as the defence was left quite exposed, especially in the first half.
Naby Keïta- 8/10
Good passing and running with the ball. Found space well and played a crucial role in the buildup to Oxlade-Chamberlain’s second. That said, as with Oxlade-Chamberlain, I think he could’ve helped out defensively more in the first half. In the second half this was much improved.
Mohamed Salah- 6/10
Was quiet all night and his decision making looked off. Then he slid one in for Mané and scored a cracker of his own.
Sadio Mané- 6/10
As with Salah, was relatively quiet. Takes his goal really well.
Roberto Firmino- 7/10
The best of the front three, though in reality they were all quiet. Some nice tricks and a delightful Rabona pass through for Mané.
Joe Gomez- N/A
Ran on and lashed one of their lads. Got booked.
Georginio Wijnaldum- N/A
Ran on. A more balanced side after he did so.
Divock Origi- N/A
Ran on. Not sure he touched it.