Liverpool v Genk: Live matchday blog
Goals from Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secured a third consecutive Champions League win in Group E for Liverpool, with Genk beaten 2-1 at Anfield.
No fireworks but a good win 🔴🚀 #YNWA #UCL https://t.co/mX2Rl14RH4— trentaa98 (Trent Alexander-Arnold) 5th Nov 22:48
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Brilliant goal and a Man of the Match performance! 🔥 Well in, @Alex_OxChambo 👏 https://t.co/fee2qQXszm— LFC (Liverpool FC) 5th Nov 22:48
Fantastic night! 💫 Happy to score a goal and even happier to pick up 3 points! 💪🏾 #YNWA #LIVGEN https://t.co/4E41sRILcP— GWijnaldum (Gini Wijnaldum) 5th Nov 22:40
"We didn't finish our situations off like we could and should have done. That keeps the game pretty exciting. The longer the game goes the more the momentum goes to the other team. 'Job done' is the headline from the game, pretty much."
Job done ✔️ #UCL | #LIVGEN https://t.co/YHRlRbQ99n— LFC (Liverpool FC) 5th Nov 22:24
Ox on first-half knock
"It's just a kick. Millie has them every day and gets on with it, so no excuses! It's just a kick," the midfielder told BT Sport post-match at Anfield.
Another positive step towards qualification tonight! 💪 Who was your #LIVGEN Man of the Match? Voting is now open 👇— LFC (Liverpool FC) 5th Nov 22:08
It's full-time in Naples and the hosts have drawn 1-1 with Salzburg, meaning Liverpool have moved to the summit of Group E tonight.
Liverpool 2-1 Genk
A trickier evening than the Reds would have wished for, but it's job done at Anfield thanks to the goals in either half from Wijnaldum and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Three minutes added on.
Final Reds change - Firmino replaces Origi.
Liverpool break away and Wijnaldum turns a pass from Origi forward to the run of Salah. The Egyptian is crowded out in the box and can't quite get the ball out of his feet - and the chance passes.
Two changes for Genk.
Bongonda and Onuachu replace Hrosovsky and De Norre.
De Norre booked for dissent.
We're into the last 10 minutes of normal time at Anfield and the Reds still have some work to do to get over the line, with Genk creating a couple of chances as they slowly push forward for an equaliser.
Double change for Liverpool.
Robertson on for Keita.
Mane on for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
4️⃣ Games 4️⃣ Goals 🔥 @Alex_OxChambo 🔥 https://t.co/UBhDgGbnUH— LFC (Liverpool FC) 5th Nov 21:21
Genk introduce Ndongala for Ito.
Liverpool are well on top and pushing for a third goal to hopefully seal a win here.
Alexander-Arnold is the latest to go for it, but his left-footed drive from the edge of the box sails into the Kop.
Dewaest tries to shepherd the ball away from Salah 20 yards from goal but it rolls through him to the Liverpool No.11 - whose effort after running free lacks the power to trouble Coucke.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain loves playing against Genk! Mohamad Salah's quick feet set him up to bury one in the botto… https://t.co/MncwfG0jHa— btsportfootball (Football on BT Sport) 5th Nov 21:14
The same duo almost combine, but Salah's through pass on the angle just has too much on it for Oxlade-Chamberlain to reach before the goalkeeper.
That's another lovely Ox strike.
Salah collects Fabinho's prod forward in the area and nicely holds off his marker to thread a pass into the No.15, who guides a clinical low shot into the far corner on the turn.
Origi holds up the ball and moves into space around 25 yards from goal before trying an ambitious low hit that Coucke stops with a dive and collects at the second chance.
Liverpool get the game back under way at Anfield.
Napoli have levelled against Salzburg in the other Group E tie, meaning the section looks like this as it stands...
The stats from the opening 45 minutes at Anfield...
Liverpool 1-1 Genk
And that's it for the first half at Anfield. The Reds have been on top for the majority and led through Wijnaldum's goal, but Genk are on terms courtesy of Samatta's header five minutes before the break.
One last effort from Liverpool in the half as Alexander-Arnold clips a cleared corner back into the box. Van Dijk meets the ball with a flicked header wide to the right.
Big chance for Origi but he can't convert.
Keita slips a clever pass into the Belgian's position on the left side of the area and his touch opens up space for the strike - only for him to drag it away from goal.
Goal for Genk - Samatta
Moments after Alexander-Arnold had denied the Genk No.10 a finish from Maehle's cross, Samatta meets a corner from the left with a firm header beyond Alisson at the Kop end.
Liverpool 1-1 Genk
Keita keeps a corner alive just outside the Genk area and finds room for a prod at goal that drifts off target.
Salah then capitalises on a defensive error and sweeps a first-time shot in search of the corner but is also wide.
Just wide from Salah.
The forward cutely creates space in the box with a fine touch from Milner's square pass into the middle, but his low drive across the goalkeeper flies the wrong side of the right post.
A brief scare as Oxlade-Chamberlain stays down after a strong challenge by Berge to stop the Liverpool man's surge through the middle.
But the No.15 is back up and running.
📸😍 #UCL | #LIVGEN https://t.co/QrOXiEcdqC— LFC (Liverpool FC) 5th Nov 20:31
Oxlade-Chamberlain gets sight of goal 20 yards out and twists and turns repeatedly before electing to shoot - only for a defender to block at the last.
Gini the goalscorer.
Another flowing move from the Reds switches the ball quickly from their own half to the opposition territory and eventually Keita is afforded two efforts from a narrow angle - and Genk clear both.
Lucumi is booked for dragging down Salah as the Egyptian attempted to break through on goal from the right channel.
The Reds are in control here and a neat move from around the Genk area leads to a shooting chance for Milner, but it's straight down the throat of the goalkeeper.
Fourth goal in Wijnaldum’s last nine starts for club and country.— BassTunedToRed (Andrew Beasley) 5th Nov 20:19
That's the breakthrough for Liverpool.
Smart play from Origi tees up Milner on the left edge of the area and after his cross takes several deflections, Wijnaldum deftly lifts the loose ball into the roof of the net.
Elsewhere, Salzburg have taken a 1-0 lead at Napoli in the other Group E game this evening.
Good footwork from Wijnaldum along the right flank creates space for a cross but the ball is not close enough for Origi to connect in the box.
Fireworks are intermittently going off around the stadium but there's little action of note to report from the pitch yet.
The visitors kick us off at Anfield.
Come on, Reds!
A reminder of tonight's two line-ups...
Anfield. #LFC https://t.co/Pdlwgz2AsC— GlennPrice94 (Glenn Price) 5th Nov 19:57
You'll Never Walk Alone is complete and we await the arrival of the two teams onto the pitch.
Liverpool's fourth Champions League match of the season will be under way shortly.
👌 #UCL | #LIVGEN https://t.co/JFBzofz9bc— LFC (Liverpool FC) 5th Nov 19:41
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To the Anfield pitch, warm-up time! 💪💪 #UCL | #LIVGEN https://t.co/TQ0FC9fniT— LFC (Liverpool FC) 5th Nov 19:34
23 - In all European competition, Liverpool are unbeaten in 23 games at Anfield (W17 D6 L0) since losing 3-0 to Rea… https://t.co/Ll1MZFlJwg— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 5th Nov 19:10
European night arrivals 🤩 #UCL | #LIVGEN https://t.co/i8Z7PBrJ45— LFC (Liverpool FC) 5th Nov 19:01
A peek behind closed doors...
STAGE. SET. ✨ #UCL | #LIVGEN https://t.co/0xbQJQgY2k— LFC (Liverpool FC) 5th Nov 18:53
A huge thanks to @StanChart for donating tickets to pupils from our wonderful partner schools. Lots of young people… https://t.co/oKfylWFg5s— LFCFoundation (LFC Foundation) 5th Nov 18:50
Here's how Opta expect the sides to shape up this evening...
Liverpool have made six changes to the line-up for tonight's clash with Genk from the XI deployed at Aston Villa on Saturday.
It means there are starts for Joe Gomez, James Milner, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi.
Jordan Henderson is absent as he recovers from a bout of illness.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Milner, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Origi.
Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Firmino, Mane, Lallana, Robertson, Jones.
😏 Who's won it 6⃣ times❓ #UCL— ChampionsLeague (UEFA Champions League) 5th Nov 18:22
... is very much set.
Home 🤩 #LIVGEN https://t.co/gJ1huheTTZ— LFC (Liverpool FC) 5th Nov 18:11
Champions League nights at Anfield. https://t.co/LBhuicGdD6— James_Carroll84 (James Carroll) 5th Nov 17:52
Home... Ready for another European night... #LFC #Liverpoolfc #Anfield #UCL #ChampionsLeague #Championsofeurope #6… https://t.co/BzNY7sasV1— zmansour75 (Ziad Mansour) 5th Nov 15:15
.@LFC v @KRCGenkofficial https://t.co/8FE1VYPBmX— carlmarkham (Carl Markham) 5th Nov 17:28
Divock Origi's football upbringing took place at the academy of Genk, with the striker receiving a warm reception when he came on as a substitute at the KRC Genk Arena last month.
Speaking in tonight's matchday programme, the No.27 has nothing but good things to say about his former club.
"It was very good for me, the best place I could be, and I learnt a lot," he says.
"They have the best youth academy in Belgium and they work so hard on developing young players both technically and tactically so it was a great experience for me. I was there until I was 15 when I moved to France to join Lille.
"My dad played there and was a champion with Genk so it's a bit of an emotional game for me."
Origi added: "It was nice to get on the pitch when we played there a couple of weeks ago and the fact that the Genk supporters received me well meant a lot.
"Even when we were warming down after the game some of their fans had stayed in the stadium and acknowledged me. It was nice to get a reception from the fans.
"Genk is very much a family club and I think you can compare it with Liverpool in that regard. They have very good values."
The EFL have also released a statement regarding Liverpool's Carabao Cup tie with Aston Villa, which you can read by clicking here.
Liverpool FC statement on Carabao Cup tie with Aston Villa
Liverpool Football Club can confirm our Carabao Cup quarter-final tie at Aston Villa will take place on Tuesday December 17, 2019.
As a result, we will be utilising two playing squads simultaneously, with one squad participating in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar and another in the Carabao Cup.
The club would like to take this opportunity to underline that while this is not an ideal scenario, it is an outcome which was arrived at with the best interests of the competition, our fellow clubs and ourselves as the sole motivating factor.
We would like to thank the EFL for their efforts to accommodate us and we can confirm alternative dates were discussed, but ultimately none were considered suitable without compromising the scheduling of the competition itself or placing an undue strain on our playing staff.
Full ticket details for this fixture will follow on Liverpoolfc.com.
Liverpool U19s beaten by stoppage-time goal
Genk scored in the 93rd minute to claim a 1-0 Youth League win at the Academy this afternoon.
The result means the Belgians join the young Reds and Salzburg on seven points after four group matches, with a home game against Napoli next up for Barry Lewtas' side.
When you see the champions league games are up next! 😃😃 https://t.co/Yaev44H2Rz— RhianBrewster9 (Rhian Brewster) 4th Nov 20:18
Here's how Group E shapes up ahead of the fourth round of matches, with Salzburg away to Napoli in the pool's other fixture.
Champions League Ready 💪🏾 #ynwa https://t.co/iBhitufl2J— Alex_OxChambo (Alex Ox-Chamberlain) 4th Nov 18:43
Want to know more about Genk?
We caught up with Belgian football journalist Sven Claes and asked him to provide some insight about tonight's opponents.
Find out about Genk's form in the build-up, potential approach and the player to look out for by clicking here.
Back to the @ChampionsLeague https://t.co/vdB92IvhJc— _fabinhotavares (Fabinho) 4th Nov 19:02
- Liverpool have lost one of the last 28 at home in Europe and are unbeaten in the last 23 at Anfield. Of those 23, they have won 17 and drawn six, failing to score only twice.
- The Reds last scored four or more in three successive European fixtures (home and away) in 2007-08 when beating Besiktas 8-0 (home), FC Porto 4-1 (home) and Marseille 4-0 (away).
- Jürgen Klopp’s first European win as Reds boss came three years ago today, Jordon Ibe’s goal securing a 1-0 Europa League victory away to Rubin Kazan.
- Joe Gomez’s next appearance will be the 100th of his senior club career; 75 of the 99 so far have been with the Reds.
- The referee for this game is Ivan Kruzliak of Slovakia. He has taken charge of Liverpool twice previously, the Reds winning both – 1-0 at Gomel in 2012 (Europa League) and 3-0 at home to Maribor in the 2017-18 Champions League group stage.
'It's a big dream coming true'
Genk midfielder Sander Berge can't wait to take the field this evening as he hopes for a much better result against the Reds this time around.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, the 21-year-old said: "I never thought I would play at Anfield with Genk. I am happy to be here.
"It's a big dream coming true to play the best team in the world and at Anfield it is something special.
"They are known for having maybe the best fans in the world and will make sure we do better than last time."
Liverpool v Genk: Tickets sold out
Tickets are sold out for Liverpool's Champions League clash with Genk this evening.
Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel to Anfield for the 8pm GMT kick-off.
U19s all square at the break
Liverpool's U19s are drawing 0-0 with Genk at half-time of their Youth League game at the Academy.
A goal tonight would take Mohamed Salah to 20 in the Champions League for the Reds.
Twelve of his previous 19 in the competition have come at Anfield, in just 13 appearances.
Overall, the Egyptian's scored 50 times in just 58 home appearances for Liverpool - watch every one of his half-century back-to-back below...
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Don't forget @DivockOrigi! 😃 🗣️ "Liverpool legend by the way" #UCL | @LFC https://t.co/EM1OrhxX4g— ChampionsLeague (UEFA Champions League) 5th Nov 13:05
87 minutes - Aston Villa 1-0 Liverpool
Full-time - Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
There was late, late drama at Villa Park on Saturday...
Tonight's programme cover...
Salah to emulate Gerrard?
Mohamed Salah could emulate a feat only previously achieved for Liverpool by Steven Gerrard if he scores against Genk this evening.
The No.11 is one strike away from reaching 20 in the European Cup for the club and would be only the second player, after Gerrard, to reach the milestone with the Reds.
Liverpool ran out 4-1 winners in Belgium when they met tonight's opponents a fortnight ago.
Go 'Inside Genk' with our special behind-the-scenes film...
Klopp's Genk selection plans
We caught up with the boss on Monday and he reported no fresh injury concerns following the weekend win at Aston Villa.
However, the quick turnaround from that game is likely to result in changes to Liverpool's team tonight.
“We will hopefully have a couple of fresh legs in,” Klopp said.
“It’s clear that we want that, but it’s not like we will do so many changes that you cannot recognise our team anymore and think, ‘Who is that?’”
The European champions trained at Melwood on Monday evening - check out our gallery of photos of their session...
Jürgen Klopp and Alisson Becker held a pre-match press conference at Anfield on Monday afternoon.
Watch their preview back in full below...
It's matchday again and you know what that means.
Liverpoolfc.com's live blog is here to keep you bang up to date with all the build-up, action and reaction with the Reds taking on Genk in the Champions League tonight.
The official @LFC matchday programme 👇👇👇 #LIVGEN https://t.co/dBW7igMClu— reach_sport (Reach Sport) 5th Nov 17:36