Divock Origi believes victory over Genk ensured Liverpool’s momentum remains unchecked ahead of Sunday’s clash with Manchester City.
Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Anfield, earned by goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, lifted the Reds to the top of Champions League Group E with two pool-stage matches left to play.
Including last week’s dramatic penalty shootout success versus Arsenal - a Carabao Cup tie in which Origi scored twice - Jürgen Klopp’s side go into their top-of-the-table meeting with City on the back of five consecutive wins.
And that, Origi stated, provides confidence prior to such a crucial Premier League match.
“It is important for us. I think we worked hard to play against a team that really wanted it - so [it’s] a very important three points,” the forward said, following the Genk victory.
“We know we still have some important games but it was crucial for us to win and everyone knew it so we are very happy we did it.
“Definitely it is good to keep on going, keep the flow going and I think this weekend is going to be a big game.
“We have already played a couple of times against each other so we are all looking forward to it.”
Origi started against Genk and feels he is benefitting from regular game-time at a time of the season when more opportunities are sure to arrive given the hectic fixture schedule.
The Belgium international continued: “I am just progressing, feeling stronger game by game and trying to help the team more and more.
“I am finding my ways, finding the routines, how the guys play and I think you can tell on the pitch as well, I am growing, trying to be more efficient in the last quarter which is coming slowly but steadily.
“I always see it as being the best I can be and I love the fact we have so much quality because that is what helped us win the Champions League.
“That is going to help us be successful and if everyone is at their best, then the choice is nothing new, it is on the coach and we all try to make the choice as difficult as possible for the coach.”
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Liverpool will play in shirts embellished with poppies when they host Manchester City at Anfield on Remembrance Sunday.
The team will sign their jerseys, worn to commemorate those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom, after this weekend's match and donate them to the Royal British Legion for auction to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal.
Last year, the special edition shirts worn by the Reds during the fixture against Fulham raised £22,366 for the Royal British Legion.
To date, the auctioning of Premier League match-worn poppy shirts has helped to raise £1.6 million for the charity.
These vital funds help the organisation support today's generation of armed forces families and veterans, whether they are living with an injury or illness, coping with bereavement or finding employment.
Prior to kick-off, the teams will be led onto the pitch by Royal British Legion standard bearers Lyndsey Taggart and Eddie Flaherty, along with two service men from the Royal Navy - petty officer Michael T Bishop and leading hand Steve Haig, who will signal the minute's silence.
Petty officer Bishop said: “In the 80s, from a warship mid-Atlantic, the buzz and crackle of the BBC world service radio, a commentary from the 3pm game, with shipmates cramped around a tiny wall speaker, I would listen to my team.
"After 39 years and still in the Royal Navy by nature of my employment, getting to a game is often impossible but over the years through conflict and peace LFC was always with me, I never walked alone then and it’s still the same today.
"Let’s remember the fallen who never came back and the families they left behind, lest we forget. It’s a privilege to be in the club’s company this weekend.”
Claire Rowcliffe, director of fundraising at the Royal British Legion, added: “We are extremely grateful for the support the Premier League clubs and the football community show the Poppy Appeal every year.
“The Legion’s work is entirely dependent on the public’s generous support, so please wear your poppy with pride, knowing you have made a real difference to the lives of service men and women, veterans and their loved ones.”
The LFC Poppy Pin, which features the club crest and Royal British Legion Poppy, is on sale now in the LFC club stores at Anfield, Liverpool One and Williamson Square.
One hundred per cent of the proceeds raised from sale of the badge will go directly to the Royal British Legion.
To find out more about the Royal British Legion Premier League shirt auction and to register your interest, please visit premierleague.com/poppy
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's outrageous strike against Genk has won Liverpool's October Goal of the Month award.
The No.21 produced a sublime, outside-of-the-boot finish for his second goal in the Reds' 4-1 Champions League victory in Belgium.
And that moment of brilliance came out on top in a fan poll on this website, with Oxlade-Chamberlain also taking second place for his long-range blast versus Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.
Divock Origi's stoppage-time bicycle kick in the dramatic victory over the Gunners came third.
Watch those goals, and find out what finished fourth and fifth in the voting, above.
Ki-Jana Hoever's Netherlands qualified for the quarter-finals of the FIFA U17 World Cup by beating Nigeria 3-1.
A hat-trick from Sontje Hansen proved decisive in Tuesday's last-16 tie in Goiania, with Liverpool defender Hoever maintaining his record of playing every minute of the tournament so far.
The Netherlands will now face Paraguay or Argentina in the last eight on Sunday.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted the winner in front of the Kop as Liverpool beat Genk 2-1 at Anfield in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
After Georginio Wijnaldum's opener had been cancelled out, the Reds' No.15 netted a fine strike after a nice link-up with Mohamed Salah to send the European champions top of Group E.
Here is what the media made of the victory...
Paul Gorst, Liverpool Echo
These three points will ultimately go a long way towards ensuring another crack at Ol' Big Ears in 2020 as the six-time winners crept ever closer towards qualification to the last 16. Napoli's 1-1 draw with Red Bull Salzburg in Naples now means Klopp's defending champions move to the summit of their group with the Italians to come next at home. Victory against Carlo Ancelotti's men on November 27 and the Reds will secure their passage in time to rest key names during a hectic December. For Oxlade-Chamberlain, it was an unfamiliar role out in the front three, but with three goals in his last two starts, prior to kick-off - including a brilliant brace against Genk last month - it was a great opportunity to build on those eye-catching displays. It was a chance he once more grasped with both hands as his match-winning efforts secured a big win in the battle to escape a group that is perhaps proving tougher than many had anticipated.
Neil Jones, Goal.com
There’s something about Genk which brings Oxlade-Chamberlain to life, it seems. He was the headline act in Belgium a fortnight ago, and the England international was at it again at Anfield, proving the match-winner as Liverpool picked up a Champions League victory on Bonfire Night. Having scored twice in the away fixture, and then adding a screamer in the Carabao Cup here against Arsenal last week, the former Gunner continued his hot streak in front of goal. Will it be enough to play him into contention for a start against Manchester City on Sunday, though? Oxlade-Chamberlain has hurt City before, of course. His long-range strikes in 2018 provided memorable moments in the Premier League and in Europe, and he has hinted in recent weeks that the good times are not far away at all after his serious knee injury. This was another decisive contribution, one which should see Liverpool safely into the knockout stages once more.
David Lynch, Evening Standard
He may have netted three brilliant goals in his last two starts for Liverpool coming into this one, but Oxlade-Chamberlain still wanted more. Speaking after scoring another stunner against Arsenal a week ago, the Englishman insisted he still felt some way short of top form in terms of his overall performance. But here, he combined goalscoring exploits with a more rounded showing that proved he is the midfielder most likely to break up Klopp’s current preferred trio before too long. Genk simply couldn’t cope with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s penetrating runs and link-up play all night, and we are soon likely to be saying that about Premier League opposition too.
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Georginio Wijnaldum views Liverpool's win over Genk to move top of their Champions League pool as an 'important' step, but refuses to think the job is done.
The Reds took down the Belgian champions on Tuesday night through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's second-half strike after Wijnaldum's opener was cancelled out five minutes before half-time.
The result, and Napoli's draw at home to Salzburg, sees Jürgen Klopp's side sit one point clear atop Group E after four rounds of matches.
"It's a good result but we still have two games to play," Wijnaldum told Liverpoolfc.com post-match. "I think we have to look game by game and then at the end we will see how far we come.
"I think it was a really important win because the other two teams were playing against each other and it was a draw. I think it was a good result.
"We didn't expect anything different, we expected what happened. Of course, we helped them get comfortable in the game with the goal they scored. We didn't do everything right and they could play their game but we expect every game we play this season to be hard. We don't have easy games.
"Sometimes it looks easy because we do all the things right, but that's hard because it's a lot of energy and a lot concentration with the way we want to play. Sometimes it just looks easy because we do everything right and score the goals.
"Today not everything was right but we had to fight until the end and in the end we had the three points."
Wijnaldum broke the deadlock at Anfield in the 14th minute when he pounced on a loose ball inside the Genk penalty area.
But after lifting the ball into the roof of the net from close range, the No.5's celebrations were somewhat subdued.
"I thought it was offside!" he continued. "It's a cross and I think it hits the back of a defender and it came in front of me and with my outside foot I shoot it in.
"I didn't celebrate immediately because you know with the VAR these days you celebrate and you didn't score.
"I was waiting but in the end it was a goal! It's always tricky when you celebrate and hear it's not a goal."
With Manchester City’s visit on Sunday looming large over proceedings there was a feeling this was a game which just had to be got out of the way with the minimum of fuss and disruption.
Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – either side of Ally Mbwana Samatta’s equaliser just before half-time – was enough to take them top of Group E and within a win of qualifying for the knockout stage with a match to spare.
“‘Job done’ is the headline for the game, pretty much, but the group is not decided. It’s a tough group,” said Klopp.
“The most important thing; we won and nobody is injured. Apart from that, the result is the result because we didn’t finish our situations off like we should and could have done.
“That keeps the game pretty exciting, and left Genk alive. It was clear that it would be a bit tricky in some departments because the front three (Mohamed Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi) never played together in these positions, in a formation like this.
“We are first in the table but we want to be first after the last matchday and now we have to play two tough games, and two important ones.
“In each of them we can decide it with a win, but that sounds easier than it is because both of them will be really tricky.”
Genk boss Felice Mazzu was pleased with the way his side performed after struggling for form recently.
“I am very proud of my players,” he said.
“We changed the philosophy, we had no time to work on it on the training field, we took a risk to come here and play the best team in the world with no time to play this way.”
Last Updated: 05/11/19 11:58pmLiverpool have not yet thought out the proper logistics of their two games in two days in December, says Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp says that the logistics behind Liverpool's back-to-back games in the Carabao Cup and Club World Cup next month are yet to be decided.
Ahead of their Champions League tie with Genk, it was announced that their Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa will take place Tuesday 17 December as originally scheduled.
It comes despite Liverpool's involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar, with the Reds' first match in the competition taking place in Doha on December 18 - the day after their quarter-final at Villa Park.
Klopp had threatened to pull out of the competition if the fixture was unable to be rearranged in order to avoid a clash, but a compromise has now been reached, although the Liverpool manager remains unsure on the concrete plans.Liverpool's manic month Date Opponent Competition Sat Nov 23 Crystal Palace (A) Premier League Wed Nov 27 Napoli (H) Champions League Sat Nov 30 Brighton (H) Premier League Wed Dec 4 Everton (H) Premier League Sat Dec 7 Bournemouth (A) Premier League Tue Dec 10 Red Bull Salzburg (A) Champions League Sat Dec 14 Watford (H) Premier League Tue Dec 17 Aston Villa (A) Carabao Cup Wed Dec 18 QF1 winner Club World Cup Sat Dec 21 tbc Club World Cup Thu Dec 26 Leicester (A) Premier League Sun Dec 29 Wolves (H) Premier League Thu Jan 2 Sheffield United (H) Premier League January 3-6 tbc - 3rd Round FA Cup
"We don't know exactly yet [how the logistics will work]," Klopp told a press conference following Liverpool's 2-1 win against Genk. "We have an idea how we'll do it but it's too early to speak about that.
"We had to make a decision now and we made the decision because all the other alternatives were more problems than solutions. And that didn't work out. So we said, OK, that's how we can do it as good as possible for us. All the rest, we now have a bit of time to think about that.
"We have more important things to do now - today playing a game, then concentrating on the next game. But in these next couple of weeks we will make a decision how exactly it will look. But at the end, a Liverpool team will play, 100 per cent.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored in successive Champions League games for Liverpool on Tuesday
"The Carabao Cup, it always sounds like we don't want to play it but that's not true. What I don't like about the Carabao Cup, to be 100 per cent honest, is two legs in the semi-final. I don't understand that. The rest is a nice competition.
"The Club World Cup, you play only if you win the Champions League and that doesn't happen in your life five million times, so that means we will take the opportunity if they ask you. Is it the best time of the year? No. Are we pretty busy? Yes. But you go there and we try to play all the games we have with all that we have."
But there was some good news for their congested fixture list with their victory on Tuesday seeing them go top of Group E above Napoli, who they host at Anfield in two weeks time. Should they win, they will book their place in the last 16 as group winners with a game to spare, which would allow Klopp the luxury of resting some key players in their final match away to Red Bull Salzburg.0:27 Jurgen Klopp insists that winning was the most important thing as Liverpool laboured to a 2-1 win against Genk at Anfield Jurgen Klopp insists that winning was the most important thing as Liverpool laboured to a 2-1 win against Genk at Anfield
Speaking about the Champions League win, Klopp added: "The most important thing is that we won and nobody is injured. The result is because we didn't finish our situations off like we should and could have done. That keeps the game pretty exciting and left Genk pretty much alive.
"We scored again, a really nice goal, but the longer the game goes the more the momentum goes to the other team, if you don't finish your situations off.
"'Job done' is the headline from the game, pretty much. But the group is not decided. We knew from the beginning it's a tough group. Yes, now we are first in the table but we only really want to be first after the last matchday. We have to play two tough games, two important ones. In each of them we can decide it with a win but that sounds easier than it is because both games will be really tricky."Analysis: What should Liverpool prioritise?
The Debate panellist Emma Hayes:
"The big question is if he is going to coach both games because there is no doubt the strongest team will be in Doha and should do because he is competing for a trophy and the other game is competing to progress to the next round - they are two different things. If you were to rank which was higher in terms of silverware, I think the players would consider the Club World Cup.Liverpool vs Man City
November 10, 2019, 4:00pm
"When you're faced with a situation where you can't choose because a game is being played within 24 hours of each other, the realities are you then have to select where your priority is and that's going to be in Doha. In the Carabao Cup, Aston Villa might be thinking it will be an easy game so there is no pressure on a group of young Liverpool players in that game, which in itself could be quite interesting, but I think Klopp can only manage with what is put in front of him.
"I think it has damaged the integrity of the Carabao Cup for it not to be considered in the scheduling. Surely we're all thinking there must be another window of opportunity but clearly there isn't.
"If they were to win this weekend [against Manchester City], it would be a good lead taking them into this busy period because there is no doubt in my mind that their schedule will cause problems down the line for freshness in those players because they're human. To have to play every three days like that, it's pretty extensive and the lead could afford them a cushion in the Premier League."Win £250,000 on Tuesday
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Liverpool put in a performance which is becoming familiar, not outstanding, but still managing to get the job done, putting Genk to bed with a 2-1 win.
Champions League Group Stage (4), Anfield
November 5, 2019
Goals: Wijnaldum 14′, Oxlade-Chamberlain 53′; Samatta 40′Oxlade’s Diamond
When the lineups were released it looked like both sides had gone for formations they don’t usually play, and there could have been a number of options for Liverpool given the personnel selected.
It soon became apparent the Klopp had sent his side up in a 4-4-2 diamond with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain playing a key role in setting the shape.
The Englishman’s role wasn’t too different from the one in which Roberto Firmino usually operates.
He dropped deep into midfield to help build the play when required but was also regularly seen in the front line between Mohamed Salah, who was playing his usual role from the right, and Origi on the left.
Oxlade’s tendency to stay deeper for longer than Firmino usually does allowed Naby Keita and Georginio Wijnaldum more freedom than they might normally have, as demonstrated by the Dutchman’s position for the opening goal.
The 26-year-old revels in a central role, and even more so when he has the free rein of a No. 10. Rather than being a rotation option out wide, he showed he is much more suited to being a Firmino alternative.
After a couple of promising moments, he eventually got his name on the scoresheet with the type of goal which is becoming his trademark.All Eyes On City
All the talk was of a rotated lineup, but it would have been more of a surprise if Liverpool didn’t make changes in midweek ahead of massive Premier League game on Sunday.
Jordan Henderson missed the game through illness, so you’d imagine he’ll feature against City if fully recovered.
But as well as the changed lineup, it felt like the crowd had their minds elsewhere too.
On a night when fans Klopp’s former side, Dortmund, celebrated 20 years of their Desperados ultras group, Anfield was geared up for nothing more than a routine victory, saving their own fireworks for what they hope will be success later in the competition.No Clean Sheet
One clean sheet in nine games, no clean sheets in eight, three clean sheets in 19—whichever way you look at it Liverpool haven’t been good at keeping the ball out of their net this season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold just about got a toe to a dangerous cross, but Genk scored from the resulting corner when Mbwana Samatta evaded Liverpool’s marking.
Just 3 clean sheets in 19 games for Liverpool in all competitions this season. None at home. #LIVGEN
— James Nalton (@JDNalton) November 5, 2019
Genk were unlucky to be called offside by the linesman on a couple of occasions when VAR might have had a different opinion.
And the high line isn’t necessarily the problem, as more often than not the offside trap works, but Liverpool might not always score more than one goal, so the confidence they can keep clean sheets needs to return.
Speaking to BT Sport post-match, Klopp said: “It’s not really a worry, but it’s of course not what we want. The goals we conceded recently are all different. It’s not about defending it’s about being 100% spot-on in the situations. We have to work on that.”Salah Gets 90′ But No Goal
There were some glimpses at the start of the second half of Liverpool at the peak of their attacking powers.
All they were missing were a few more sweet strikes of the type Oxlade-Chamberlain provided to give Liverpool the lead.
A goal from the feet of Salah would have been nice, but as he let the ball run through him to Wijnaldum during one intricate move, and later played a really nice through-ball past the entire Genk defence, he showed that despite the lack of goals those attacking instincts are still there.
He was presented with a number of chances which came to nothing though, and this usually happens once he has his mind on working space for a shot on goal, rather than his contributions to the buildup which are still good.
The Egyptian played the full 90 minutes at Anfield, which shows that the ankle injury isn’t troubling him as much as it has been recently, and he is ready to take on City.
Sunday’s game would be the ideal time for him to return to form.Liverpool Top the Group
Liverpool are used to topping tables at the moment, having raced to a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Napoli’s draw with Salzburg did the Reds a favour, and they now top their Champions League group too, for the first time this season.
Staying atop it will be difficult, but Napoli will be easier at Anfield than they were at the San Paolo, and being more familiar with the Austrian side, having already played them, might help Liverpool in their tough trip to Salzburg in December.
The group is still tight, but it’s looking like the two favourites will qualify, but Klopp will hope his side do so as group winners, making for slightly easier ties next year when they hope to be challenging on multiple fronts.
While the scoreline may not seem comfortable, it was a familiar narrative for the Reds as their dominant run continues.
Liverpool had 71.5 percent of possession, 28 shots on goal to Genk’s six, and while Alisson made two vital saves the Brazilian was largely untested for much of the night, while Gaeten Coucke conceded twice and produced six stops.
It was another strong, controlling display from the hosts, and speaking after the game Klopp cherished the result as “the most important thing” as he looks to progress from Group E.
“‘Job done’ is the headline for the game, pretty much, and the most important thing, of course,” he told reporters.
“But the group is not decided, we knew from the beginning it’s a tough group.
“So yes, now we are first in the table, but we only want to be first, or really want to be first, after the last matchday.
“We have to play two tough games, two important ones, and in each of them we can decide it with a win.
“But that sounds easier than it is, because both games will be really tricky.”
The Reds are top of their group with nine points from four games, with Napoli in second with eight, Salzburg third with four and Genk bottom with just one point so far.
As Klopp stated, victory against either Napoli next time out or Salzburg in the final game will be enough to secure a place in the last 16.
And with Jordan Henderson missing the midweek win due to illness, Klopp is hopeful he will recover in time to return.