By 90Min
October 23, 2019

Liverpool eased to a comfortable 4-1 win away at Genk on matchday three of the Champions League as Jurgen Klopp's men turned on the style in their Group E clash. 

The visitors 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 top class goal to give his side total control, before Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah added the gloss to a very confident display from the defending champions.  

A late Stephen Odey consolation robbed the Reds of a clean sheet but there were plenty of positives to take from their night's work in Belgium, as Liverpool won an away match in the group stages of the Champions League for the first time since 2016/17. 


Here's 90min's breakdown of the game.


Genk

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Starting XI: Coucke (6), Cuesta (7), Lucumi (6), Uronen (7), Ito (6), Heynen (5), Berge (7), Batombo (5), Samatta (6), Onuachu (5)

Substitutes: Ndongala (5) Odey (7) Hagi (5)


Liverpool 


Key Talking Point

The defending champions headed into this match hoping they could transfer their imperious domestic form to the European stage. Liverpool's Champions league results so far have been less convincing than they would have liked after losing away to Napoli and surrendering a three goal lead at Anfield to Red Bull Salzburg, before somewhat scrambling to a 4-3 win on matchday two. 

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Heading to Belgium the Reds would were looking to stamp their authority on Group E. They got off to the perfect start; taking the lead after just two minutes of action at the Luminus Arena via Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's opportunistic strike which caught Gaetan Coucke flat-footed on his line. 

Despite bossing possession, Liverpool looked vulnerable on the counter-attack. Only the keen eyes of the referee denied Ally Samatta after a marginal offside was picked up in the build-up to his powerful header. 

Liverpool began to turn the screw after the interval. Their passing was sharper and had much more purpose as they probed for an opening. The second goal came just before the hour after some smart build play from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino saw Oxlade-Chamberlain given a crucial moment of space to unleash a real beauty of an effort from just outside the box. 

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They played out the remainder of the match in complete control and added two more for their efforts after first Sadio Mane and then Mo Salah finished their chances with expert composure after some tidy, intricate build-up play. A late consolation from Odey gave the home supporters something to cheer in the final few minutes. 


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Starting XI: Alisson (6), Milner (7), Lovren (5), van Dijk (7), Robertson (7), Oxlade-Chamerlain (9), Fabinho (7), Keita (7), Salah (7), Firmino (8), Mane (7).

Substitutes: Joe Gomez (7), Wijnaldum (6) Origi (6).


Star Player

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will make the headlines after this match and rightly so. The England international scored his first goals for Liverpool since recovering from a cruel knee injury a couple of seasons ago and now looks to be growing in confidence.

He took both of his goals well, but his second was superb. The 26-year-old flicked the ball with the outside of his foot from the edge of the box and saw his first time effort curl in from off of the underside of the bar. It was a top class goal that highlights just how talented a player Liverpool have in their ranks. 


Looking Ahead 

After this confidence boosting win, Liverpool face a tricky home fixture against Spurs as the games start to come thick and fast for Jurgen Klopp's title hopefuls. 

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