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.
'Job done' was Jürgen Klopp's verdict on Liverpool's Champions League win over Genk at Anfield on Tuesday night.
Goals in either half from Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secured three more points for the Reds in Group E and lifted them to the top of the section.
Klopp’s men were made to work hard for the victory – with Mbwana Samatta equalising for the visitors before half-time – but the manager was primarily focused on the result and the fact his players came through the tie without injury.
At his post-match press conference, he also discussed the confirmation that Liverpool’s Carabao Cup clash with Aston Villa will be held in the same week that his team are in Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup.
Read a summary below…
On being top of the group and his satisfaction with the performance…
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 could have scored goals already in the first half. It was clear it will be a bit tricky in some departments because the front three never played together in these positions and in a formation like this. But we wanted to have Ox between the lines, to give him the space to turn and run and face the last line, giving us options right and left. That worked out pretty well sometimes. We could have scored more often and that would have completely changed the game. But then they scored the goal, a really nice goal. Of course we could have defended better but it was still a really good goal. First half done and you have to start new.
We scored again, a really nice goal, but didn’t finish the other situations off. That keeps them alive. The longer the game goes the more the momentum goes to the other team, if you don’t finish your situations off. I think Ali had to make one save, once or twice we didn’t really push up in the last line, which meant they could play a pass into the box, but nothing happened. That was the game – ‘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.
On how the logistics of Liverpool playing in the Carabao Cup and Club World Cup on successive days in December will work…
We don’t know exactly yet. 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.
On playing in both competitions…
Do we want to be really in trouble with FIFA? I am not sure. Do we want to be really in trouble with the EFL? Probably not. We respect the competitions. 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, it’s in the most-busy period and you think, ‘OK, we play two semi-finals?’ That I don’t understand and I don’t like. The rest is a nice competition. We don’t play the FA Cup in the first part of the season, so we play there and that’s all OK. 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 anyway pretty busy? Yes. But you go there and we try to play all the games we have with all that we have.
Now there was this situation where nobody had an idea and I think you should really think about things like this before you start because that’s not the only problem we have with the Carabao Cup. If you have a rematch in the FA Cup, which I don’t like honestly, and you go through in the Carabao Cup into the final… we had that three or four years ago when we played at West Ham and I think everybody was in front of the television and hoped we didn’t go through in the FA Cup because otherwise we had to play three games and the second semi-final and stuff like this. You cannot work like this, that you hope somebody goes out and everything is fine. Maybe it is a reason when the team are going out because they know nobody knows how it works. We tried to ignore that this time with Arsenal, the boys just wanted to play football and that’s why we qualified for the next round, but before the game it was clear it would be really difficult.
I don’t want to cancel competitions – I am from Germany, why should I cancel English competitions? But it should still be possible to talk about the problems – and that’s what I did. That some people don’t like that, I cannot change because the problems are obvious. It’s like every year we do the same again, some people find it funny and think, ‘Oh, look at that… they have to play now five games in three days, let’s see how that will work out!’ We cannot carry on like this, come on. That is why I asked for a sit down at a table because at one point, we have to find a solution because these solutions so far, they sound, for me, more like another problem. And that’s not a solution.
On whether Liverpool picked up any new injuries and how Jordan Henderson is after missing out due to illness…
No [new injuries]. Jordan was in bed the whole day, I hope he is better now but I didn’t speak to him afterwards.
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Liverpool moved into top spot in Champions League Group E with their 2-1 victory over Genk at Anfield on Tuesday night.
Goals in either half from Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secured the Reds’ third consecutive win in the section.
With Napoli and Salzburg drawing 1-1 in the other group game, the result at Anfield lifted Jürgen Klopp’s side to the summit.
A victory against Napoli in the next Champions League fixture – at home on Wednesday November 27 – would guarantee Liverpool a place in the last 16 as group winners.
A draw in that match would also be enough to send the Reds through if Salzburg do not claim three points from their trip to Genk on the same evening.
Football journalistLiverpool go top of Group E after Napoli are held by Red Bull Salzburg
Last Updated: 05/11/19 10:59pmAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain restored Liverpool's lead in the second half
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored in a second successive Champions League game as Liverpool beat Genk 2-1 in Group E, but they were made to work for their victory.
The Liverpool midfielder had scored twice in a 4-1 win against the Belgian side two weeks ago and followed it up with another superb goal to ultimately seal a vital three points for the Champions League holders.
But it was far from a walk in Stanley Park, with a thunderous Mbwana Samatta header (40) levelling things up in the first half after an instinctive finish from Georginio Wijnaldum for Liverpool's 14th-minute opener. Genk could well have left Anfield with a point too, but Liverpool had Alisson to thank for some wonderful late saves.
The result sees Liverpool go top of Group E with nine points, one ahead of Napoli, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Red Bull Salzburg, and is the perfect preparation ahead of their huge Premier League clash with Manchester City on Sunday, live on Sky Sports. Genk remain rooted to the foot of the table with one point.How Liverpool fought to victory
Ahead of the game, Liverpool were expected to comfortably win the Anfield encounter and they enjoyed a great start when Wijnaldum scored inside 14 minutes. James Milner's left wing cross pinged off the leg of Carlos Cuesta and Genk captain Sebastian Dewaest was unable to keep the ball under control. Wijnaldum then nipped in to lift the loose ball over the oncoming Gaten Coucke with an instinctive finish.Player ratings
Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (8), Gomez (6), Van Dijk (7), Milner (7), Fabinho (7), Wijnaldum (7), Keita (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (7), Salah (7), Origi (6).
Subs used: Mane (5), Robertson (5), Firmino (n/a).
Genk: Coucke (6), Cuesta (7), Dewaest (7), Lucumi (6), Maehle (6), Heynen (7), Berge (6), Hrosovsky (5), De Norre (5), Ito (6), Samatta (6).
Subs used: Ndongola (7), Bongonda (n/a), Onuachu (n/a).
Man of the match: Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Liverpool were guilty of some poor finishing as the game wore on, with their chance in the 36th minute a prime example. Milner squared the ball to Mohamed Salah across the top of the area, with the Egyptian taking a touch to send the ball into space before chasing after it. Dewaest went with him but could not prevent the cross, which flashed across the face of goal - with Salah possibly aiming for the far corner - and Divok Origi unable to poke it home at the far post.
Up until the 40th minute, Genk had not had a shot on target but took advantage of some poor Liverpool defending to equalise. Bryan Heynen delivered the corner, which lifted over the head of Oxlade-Chamberlain at the near post before Samatta powered a header home to see the visitors level at the break.
Liverpool made six changes, with starts for Joe Gomez, James Milner, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi. Jordan Henderson missed out due to illness with Dejan Lovren, Andy Robertson, Adam Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane also dropping out.
But just eight minutes into the second half and Liverpool went in front again. It was another sensational strike from Oxlade-Chamberlain after his two eye-catching goals in Belgium a few weeks ago. A loose Genk clearance was picked up by Salah just inside the area, and used his strength to keep Cuesta at bay before tapping the ball into the path of his team-mate. Oxlade-Chamberlain took one touch before hitting home on the turn and sending a powerful shot past Coucke.
Liverpool could have made it three not long after, but Salah once again was a victim of bad finishing. Trent Alexander-Arnold floated a ball in his direction, pinging through the legs of Dewaest, and allowing Salah to get into space for his shot. However, it was quite tame, and it went straight into the hands of the Genk goalkeeper.Liverpool went ahead early against Genk
Much like the end of the first half, Genk finished the game strongly and Alisson did well to keep them from scoring a second. The first chance saw Casper de Norre lofted a lovely ball into the area for Heynen, but the Liverpool goalkeeper made a leaping save to keep out his shot. He denied the Genk midfielder once again a few minutes later, before Dieumerci Ndongala put the rebounded save well over the crossbar.
Liverpool now top the group and victory over Napoli at Anfield in two weeks' time will guarantee their progression to the last 16 as group winners with a game still to play. Given their fixture congestion in the coming months, that will be quite the useful bonus for Jurgen Klopp's side.Mbwana Samatta grabbed the equaliser at Anfield Man of the match - Trent Alexander-Arnold
It's hard to look past Alexander-Arnold for the star of the show. With Liverpool having 78 per cent of the possession, he was allowed to roam freely and he pinged ball after ball forward for his team-mates with some truly astonishing talent.
The stats are pretty good too. He made a total of 128 passes with 84.4 per cent accuracy and made a sensational 12 crosses - over double of the next highest in the Liverpool team, which was Milner (5) - and took 161 touches.Liverpool vs Man City
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But he also did his work at the back. He made three tackles - the joint highest with Naby Keita - and made three interceptions with some vital touches made inside the area against Samatta. He was extremely impressive on a night when Liverpool were not at their best.Analysis: Did Genk copy Aston Villa's tactics?
Sky Sports' Phil Thompson:
"Maybe Genk had watched how Aston Villa attacked Liverpool at set pieces. It's a very high line with a lot of green grass in between the backline and the goalkeeper. They have to rectify that, but if you counted the chances, there weren't that many for Genk.
"Liverpool now have an extra day's rest compared to Manchester City before Sunday's game. Liverpool will be quite happy with that extra 24 hours."Opta stats
It's a huge game for Liverpool at the weekend as they take on Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday, live on Sky Sports. Their next Champions League game will also be a big one, hosting second-place Napoli on Wednesday November 27.
Genk will be in Belgian Pro League action on Sunday as they host Gent before welcoming Red Bull Salzburg in their next Champions League outing, also on November 27.Win £250,000 on Tuesday
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Liverpool took a step towards qualification for the knockout phase of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Genk at Anfield on Tuesday night.
Georginio Wijnaldum gave the Reds an early lead, profiting from a deflected cross to scoop into the roof of the net from close range, but Ally Mbwana Samatta levelled before half-time against the run of play.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain restored the European champions’ lead just after the interval with a neat finish on the turn and the home side had further chances to extend their advantage.
Genk mustered late pressure as they went in search of an equaliser; however, Liverpool held onto their lead to go top of the group following Napoli’s home draw with Salzburg.
It means a victory for the Reds over the Italian side on matchday five at Anfield on November 27 will see them into the last 16 of the competition and continue their defence of the trophy.
The team news…
Liverpool made a total of six changes from the team deployed at Aston Villa on Saturday. Joe Gomez, James Milner, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi came into the XI, though Jordan Henderson was ruled out altogether due to illness. Curtis Jones was named on the bench.
The first half…
Liverpool kicked off at Anfield knowing victory would enhance their prospects of qualification from Group E, with just two further games to play after tonight.
And from the off, they set about looking for an early advantage, with Virgil van Dijk hoisting over from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner in the opening stanza.
However, a breakthrough would arrive soon after – on 14 minutes, to be precise – when Milner’s driven ball across the face of goal ricocheted off Sebastien Dewaest, allowing Wijnaldum to hook in from close range.
Milner and Keita were then denied by Gaetan Coucke, with the home side firmly in control of proceedings.
On the half-hour, only a spectacular block from Carlos Cuesta denied Oxlade-Chamberlain a clear strike at goal after the No.15 had twisted into space inside the box.
Salah was next to try his luck at furthering Liverpool’s grip on the game; the Egyptian pushed a Milner pass into space before skimming just beyond the far post.
Genk summoned their first threat five minutes before the break, but a timely intervention from Trent Alexander-Arnold prevented Samatta from turning in a Cuesta delivery.
Nevertheless, from the resulting corner, the forward thumped a near-post header into the net to level the scoreline.
Bryan Heynen then drilled wide of Alisson Becker’s near post; however, with half-time approaching, Origi spurned an opportunity to restore the hosts’ lead when he dragged Fabinho’s prod into his path the wrong side of the far stick.
And in stoppage-time, Van Dijk watched his glance goalwards from Alexander-Arnold’s swipe bounce agonisingly off target by an inch, leaving the scoreline locked at 1-1 at the break.
The second half…
Genk almost stunned Anfield with moments of the re-start, but Alexander-Arnold was again on hand to snuff out the danger as he stabbed the ball away from Heynen.
Two minutes later, Liverpool were back in front. Oxlade-Chamberlain was again on the scoresheet – his fourth goal in as many appearances – with the midfielder spinning onto a Salah pass and diverting the ball low into the corner with aplomb.
Salah himself could have added to the Reds’ tally when space opened up inside the box; however, his eventual shot lacked the power to beat Coucke before Alexander-Arnold hammered a left-footer over soon after.
Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane replaced Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain as the clocked ticked towards its conclusion.
Genk threatened to restore parity when Heynen had a strike beaten away by Alisson before Casper De Norre headed over from a return ball into the area.
The Belgian champions served up a couple of further nervy moments before the finale, but Liverpool did not relinquish their lead, meaning qualification can be assured with a win over Napoli at Anfield in three weeks’ time.
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Liverpool make six changes to their starting line-up for tonight’s Champions League encounter with Genk at Anfield.
Joe Gomez and James Milner return to the defence, while Fabinho and Naby Keita come into midfield.
Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain join Mohamed Salah in attack to complete the alterations to the team deployed at Aston Villa on Saturday.
Jordan Henderson misses out as he is recovering 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.
Liverpool host Genk tonight in their fourth Champions League group game (8pm GMT). Here’s how to watch live online and on TV around the world.
With an all-important clash with Man City on Sunday looming, the Reds host the Belgium champions in a European tie that could help seal their progress.
A 4-1 victory over Genk last time out in Group E ensured Jurgen Klopp‘s side moved up to second, a point behind leaders Napoli, and three points this evening are paramount.
Klopp is likely to make further changes ahead of the visit of City, though, with the manager explaining in the buildup that he is hoping to “have a couple of fresh legs in.”
Genk arrive on the back of a 2-0 loss at KAS Eupen on Saturday, and have won just one of their last five games in all competitions—including a 97th-minute equaliser to draw with 10-man Royal Antwerp last month.
But despite their poor form, Liverpool cannot underestimate the away side tonight as they seek another win at Anfield.
The match gets underway at 8pm (GMT)—or 9pm in Genk, 3pm in New York, 12pm in Los Angeles, 7am (Thursday) in Sydney, midnight in Dubai and 11pm in Nairobi.UK Viewers
Liverpool vs. Genk is being shown live on BT Sport 3 in the UK, which is available to live stream here.
Liverpool vs. Genk is being shown live on TUDNxtra 1 in the US, which is available to live stream with FuboTV.
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Liverpool will play their League Cup quarter-final clash with Aston Villa less than 24 hours before their Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar.
The Reds will visit Villa Park on December 17, with kickoff at 7.45pm, then play in the Club World Cup semi-final over 3,000 miles away at 5.30pm (GMT) on December 18.
This means that two separate squads will be used by Jurgen Klopp across the two continents.
Liverpool requested the date, and confirmed in a statement on Tuesday 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.”
Assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders is expected to manage one side, and though it remains to be seen which competition the Reds will prioritise, a stronger squad can be expected for the Club World Cup.
A statement on the EFL website explained that “Liverpool [are] committing to fielding a team that is largely consistent with those that have participated in earlier rounds of this season’s competition.”
This would theoretically see Lijnders lead a youthful selection to the West Midlands, after the likes of Rhian Brewster, Harvey Elliott, Caoimhin Kelleher, Neco Williams and Sepp van den Berg all debuted in the League Cup.Liverpool’s December Fixtures
Dec 4th: Everton (H) – 8.15pm – Amazon
Dec 7th: Bournemouth (A) – 3pm
Dec 10th: Salzburg (A) – 5.55pm – BT Sport
Dec 14th: Watford (H) – 12.30pm – BT Sport
Dec 17th: Aston Villa (A) – 7.45pm – Sky Sports
Dec 18th: Club World Cup Semi-Final – 5.30pm (UK)
Dec 22nd: Club World Cup Final or Third Place Play Off – 5.30pm (UK)
Dec 26th: Leicester (A) – 8pm – Amazon
Dec 29th: Wolves (H) – 2pm – Sky Sports
Jan 2nd: Sheffield United (H) – 8pm – BT Sport
It is a remarkable situation borne of the success of last season, with triumph in the Champions League final securing a place at the Club World Cup.
Last Updated: 05/11/19 8:07pmLiverpool beat Arsenal in the last round of the Carabao Cup
The Carabao Cup quarter-final tie between Aston Villa and Liverpool has been confirmed for Tuesday, December 17 (kick-off 7.45pm) as originally scheduled.
The decision comes despite Liverpool's involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar, with the Reds' first match in the competition - the semi-final - taking place in Doha on Wednesday night.
After beating Arsenal on penalties in the fourth round, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp threatened to pull out of the competition if the fixture was unable to be rearranged in order to avoid a clash.0:49 Here's a look a the problems Liverpool could face in the coming months with their fixtures piling up Here's a look a the problems Liverpool could face in the coming months with their fixtures piling up
The EFL had previously suggested they would be open to rearranging the tie for the week of the semi-final first-leg ties but after on-going discussions, keeping the original date has now been seen as "the best decision" all round.
An EFL statement read: "The EFL's overwhelming priority is to maintain the integrity of the Carabao Cup and the decision taken is intended to protect the best interests of a competition that attracts millions of viewers at home and abroad with the final broadcast in more than 130 territories worldwide.
"It is also the best decision in minimising the impact of rescheduling the final stages of the competition on those Clubs who remain in the Carabao Cup and the knock-on effect this would have in both the FA Cup and the Premier League."Liverpool's manic month 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 RB Salzburg (A) Champions League Sat Dec 14 Watford (H) Premier League 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
Liverpool say they will utilise two playing squads simultaneously, adding: "It is not an ideal scenario but was reached with the best interests of the competition, our fellow clubs, and ourselves."
The Premier League leaders already have a league game with West Ham to be rescheduled due to their visit to Asia, and have six midweek fixtures in a row pencilled in between November 27 and January 2.
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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.