Liverpool’s away woes stuck with them when they hit the road for the first game in the Champions League this season against Napoli. Despite performing far better than what they managed in the last trip to Naples, the Reds lost the game 2-0 at Stadio San Paolo.
It was Liverpool’s sixth away loss in the last 8 Champions League games, falling in line with the substandard away performances from last season where Jurgen Klopp’s men lost all the away fixtures at the group stage.
So there is something hindering the Reds back on the road, whether it’s mental or something else, Klopp knows better, but the defending champions have to improve if they are to defend their title this season.
Still, Liverpool are firm-favourites to qualify from this group, and it will be a huge surprise if the Reds take the qualification to the last game, just like the last season.
Genk, though, are the clear minnows in this group which also has Napoli and Red Bull Salzburg. But the Belgian outfit is already soaking some confidence from their last fixture in the Champions League where they forced Napoli to a 0-0 draw at home three weeks ago.
A similar result or even all three-points at Luminus Arena and Napoli’s win over Red Bull Salzburg may bring Genk into the contention for the 3rd place in this group.
The Champions League match will be played between Genk and Liverpool at Cristal Arena (Luminus Arena), in Genk, Belgium. The ground has a capacity of 24,956.
The game will start at 12:30 AM (IST), on Thursday, October 24.
To get exclusive fantasy tips, enter your name and phone number below.
Genk – W W D D W L
Liverpool – W W W W W D
Genk Team News:
Danny Vukovic is the only player on Genk’s injury list ahead of this game. The 34-year-old goalkeeper has been out of the action since suffering an ankle injury in the 2019-20 Belgian Pro League opening day.
Neto Borges remains a long-term injury absentee for Genk and won’t feature here.
With no fresh injury concerns, we expect Genk head coach Felice Mazzù to name the same playing 11 which started against Napoli.
Genk squad to face Liverpool:
Goalkeeper: Vandevoordt, Coucke, Leysen
Defenders: De Norre, Dewaest, Uronen, Maehle, Lucumi, Cuesta
Midfielders: Wouters, Heynen, Hrosovsky, Hagi, Berge
Wingers and Attackers: Ito, Nygren, Bongonda, Samatta, Odey, Onuachu, Ndongala
Genk Probable XI:
Coucke (GK), Maehle, Lucumi, Dewaest, Uronen, Heynen, Hagi, Berge, Ito, Samatta, Bongonda
Liverpool FC Team News:
Liverpool have a number of injury absentees which will force Jurgen Klopp to make changes to his playing 11.
Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold (illness) and centre-back Joel Matip (knee) have stayed behind in England as the duo recovers from their respective health problem and injury issues.
Mohamed Salah is part of Liverpool contingent which travelled to Belgium, but the Egyptian star remains a doubt for this match.
With Alexander-Arnold and Matip out of this match, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez are both expected to start at centre-back and right-back respectively.
Naby Keita and Adam Lallana both made an impact after coming off the bench against Manchester United at the weekend. The midfield duo is in contention to start here. In that case, Jordan Henderson and Giorginio Wijnaldum could drop down to the bench.
Expect Divock Origi to flank the left side of the attack if Mohamed Salah is not fit to start, with Sadio Mane on the right side.
Liverpool 19-man travelling squad:
Alisson, Adrian, Kelleher, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Keita, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Gomez, Henderson, Brewster, Robertson, Origi.
Liverpool Probable XI:
Alisson (GK), Gomez, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
The hosts have a towering presence at the back in Jhon Lucumi. He will be a threat here, while Genk have an in-form striker in Mbawana Samatta on their ranks.
The likes of Jere Uronen and Ito are worth considering here.
While from Liverpool, Sadio Mane and Roberto Fimino are the no-nonsense choices, but Naby Keita, if he plays, could be a game-changer here. Pick Andy Robertson as well.
LIV vs GEN Dream11 potential winner:
Liverpool are favorites to win the match.