Liverpool eased to a comfy four-1 win away at Genk on matchday 3 of the Champions League as Jurgen Klopp’s men turned on the style in their Group E clash.
The guests took an early lead when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s drilled in a shot after just two minutes. Liverpool upped the ante in the second half with Oxlade-Chamberlain doubling his tally with a leading class purpose to give his side total manage, ahead of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah added the gloss to a extremely confident show from the defending champions.
A late Stephen Odey consolation robbed the Reds of a clean sheet but there had been a lot of positives to take from their night’s function in Belgium, as Liverpool won an away match in the group stages of the Champions League for the initial time considering the fact that 2016/17.
Beginning XI: Coucke (six), Cuesta (7), Lucumi (six), Uronen (7), Ito (six), Heynen (five), Berge (7), Batombo (five), Samatta (six), Onuachu (five)
Substitutes: Ndongala (five) Odey (7) Hagi (five)
Crucial Speaking Point
The defending champions headed into this match hoping they could transfer their imperious domestic kind to the European stage. Liverpool’s Champions league outcomes so far have been much less convincing than they would have liked following losing away to Napoli and surrendering a 3 purpose lead at Anfield to Red Bull Salzburg, ahead of somewhat scrambling to a four-three win on matchday two.
Heading to Belgium
Beginning XI: Alisson (six), Milner (7), Lovren (five), van Dijk (7), Robertson (7), Oxlade-Chamerlain (9), Fabinho (7), Keita (7), Salah (7), Firmino (eight), Mane (7).
Substitutes: Joe Gomez (7), Wijnaldum (six) Origi (six).
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will make the headlines following this match and rightly so. The England international scored his initial targets for Liverpool considering the fact that recovering from a cruel knee injury a couple of seasons ago and now appears to be developing in self-confidence.
He took each of his targets nicely, but his second was excellent. The 26-year-old flicked the ball with the outdoors of his foot from the edge of the box and saw his initial time effort curl in from off of the underside of the bar. It was a leading class purpose that highlights just how talented a player Liverpool have in their ranks.
Soon after this self-confidence boosting win, Liverpool face a difficult residence fixture against Spurs as the games commence to come thick and rapid for Jurgen Klopp’s title hopefuls.