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Liverpool 2-1 Genk: Reds go top of Champions League group with win

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Georgino Wijnaldum became the first Dutch player to score a Champions League goal in each of his last three seasonsChampions League holders Liverpool collected another victory in their relentless campaign by sneaking past Genk at a subdued Anfield.Jürgen Klopp's side lost to Napoli in their opening Group E game - their only loss in any competition this season - but have picked up three straight wins to move towards the knockout stages.Georginio Wijnaldum stabbed into the roof of the net from close range after captain Sebastian Dewaest made a mess of clearing James Milner's low cross.
With the hosts failing to build on their 14th-minute lead, Genk's Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta powerfully headed in the equaliser at the near post from a corner five minutes before half-time.But having scored twice in Belgium when Genk were beaten 4-1 on 23 October, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the match-winner early in the second half, spinning and converting a low strike into the bottom corner.Liverpool move top of the group ahead of Serie A side Napoli, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Red Bull Salzburg.
Reaction to Tuesday's Champions League
From ball boy to facing Liverpool
Signs for Man City to exploit[/img]
Fixtures piling up for Reds
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his fifth Champions League goal for LiverpoolThe biggest talking point a couple of hours before kick-off was Liverpool's decision to play their Carabao Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa and Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar within 24 hours of each other, fielding two separate teams.Klopp had previously ruled out this possibility but the club said in a statement that although it was "not an ideal scenario" the outcome was reached in "the best interests of the competition".Liverpool have won 14, drawn three and lost only one of their games in all competitions this season, though that winning habit and squad depth will be severely examined after the international break.That is the price they have to pay for success.From 23 November to 2 January, the Reds face an arduous period of 12 games in 37 days across three competitions - the Premier League, Champions League and Club World Cup - with an FA Cup third-round tie still to be determined in the first week of 2020.That suggests there will be plenty more rotation. Of the six players brought into the starting line-up here, Oxlade-Chamberlain was on the scoresheet once more, Naby Keita worked hard in midfield beside him and Joe Gomez contributed four clearances and three interceptions at the back. More of the same will be required from the fringe players over the coming months.
'We didn't finish our situations'
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp to BT Sport: "We didn't finish our situations in the way we could have done. We had a lot of shots and some really big chances that we usually use. We didn't do that and it kept the game open. That gave them a lot of energy."The players came through but you saw after a while it gets hard to get that rhythm and at the end of the game it was not there. "We got a little bit of trouble but not really. It was job done. If we had scored two or three in the first half, nobody would have thought that couldn't have happened. But it went 1-1 and then it got tricky. Now we are all good."
Man of the match - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
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Two of Oxlade-Chamberlain's three shots were on target - more than any other player
Leaky at the back - the best of the stats
Liverpool remain unbeaten in their past 24 home matches in European competition (W18 D6 L0), since a 0-3 defeat against Real Madrid at Anfield, in October 2014.
Genk have played more matches in the history of the European Cup/Champions League without winning than any other club (16 - W0 D8 L8),
Liverpool have conceded in eight consecutive matches in all competitions, last going longer without a clean sheet between September and October 2014, under Brendan Rodgers (a run of nine).
Salah has been directly involved in 68 goals in 59 appearances for Liverpool at Anfield across all competitions (50 goals and 18 assists).
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored four goals in his last four games for Liverpool, as many as in his previous 45 appearances for the Reds across all competitions.
Three of Georginio Wijnaldum's past four goals for Liverpool have come in the Champions League at Anfield (also netting two against Barcelona in May).
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Line-ups
Match Stats
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Line-ups
Liverpool
1Alisson
66Alexander-Arnold
12Gomez
4van Dijk
7Milner
5Wijnaldum
3Fabinho
8KeitaSubstituted forRobertsonat 74'minutes
11Salah
15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forManeat 75'minutes
27OrigiSubstituted forFirminoat 89'minutes
Substitutes
6Lovren
9Firmino
10Mane
13Adrian
20Lallana
26Robertson
48Jones
KRC Genk
28Coucke
46Cuesta
6Dewaest
33LucumiBooked at 22mins[/i]
31Maehle
17HrosovskySubstituted forBongonda Mbul'Ofeko Batomboat 85'minutes
25Berge
8Heynen
2de NorreBooked at 83mins[/i]Substituted forOnuachuat 85'minutes
7ItoSubstituted forNdongalaat 68'minutes
10Samatta
Substitutes
4Wouters
18Onuachu
19Piotrowski
23Hagi
26Vandevoordt
27Bongonda Mbul'Ofeko Batombo
77Ndongala
Referee:Ivan Kruzliak
Match Stats
Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamKRC GenkPossessionHome72%Away28%ShotsHome28Away6Shots on TargetHome8Away3CornersHome9Away1FoulsHome10Away4
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Match ends, Liverpool 2, KRC Genk 1.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+4' Second Half ends, Liverpool 2, KRC Genk 1.Posted at 90' Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Substitution
Posted at 89' Substitution, Liverpool. Roberto Firmino replaces Divock Origi.Posted at 89' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jhon Lucumi.Posted at 89' Attempt blocked. Divock Origi (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.Posted at 86' Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sadio Mane.Posted at 86' Attempt missed. Dieumerci Ndongala (KRC Genk) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.
Substitution
Posted at 85' Substitution, KRC Genk. Paul Onuachu replaces Casper de Norre.
Substitution
Posted at 85' Substitution, KRC Genk. Theo Bongonda replaces Patrik Hrosovsky.Posted at 85' Foul by Divock Origi (Liverpool).Posted at 85' Bryan Heynen (KRC Genk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 83' Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Fabinho.
Booking
Posted at 83' Casper de Norre (KRC Genk) is shown the yellow card.Posted at 82' Joseph Gomez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 82' Foul by Dieumerci Ndongala (KRC Genk).Posted at 81' Attempt missed. Casper de Norre (KRC Genk) header from the centre of the box is too high.Posted at 81' Attempt saved. Bryan Heynen (KRC Genk) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Casper de Norre.Posted at 80' Foul by Divock Origi (Liverpool).Posted at 80' Sebastian Dewaest (KRC Genk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 79' Foul by Sadio Mane (Liverpool).Posted at 79' Patrik Hrosovsky (KRC Genk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 76' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Mbwana Samatta.Posted at 75' James Milner (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 75' Foul by Carlos Cuesta (KRC Genk).
Substitution
Posted at 75' Substitution, Liverpool. Sadio Mane replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Substitution
Posted at 74' Substitution, Liverpool. Andrew Robertson replaces Naby Keita.Posted at 70' Offside, KRC Genk. Sebastian Dewaest tries a through ball, but Casper de Norre is caught offside.Posted at 69' Foul by Naby Keita (Liverpool).Posted at 69' Joakim Maehle (KRC Genk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 68' Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.
Substitution
Posted at 68' Substitution, KRC Genk. Dieumerci Ndongala replaces Junya Ito.Posted at 65' Attempt missed. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by James Milner.Posted at 63' Attempt saved. Fabinho (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Milner with a cross.Posted at 62' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Carlos Cuesta.Posted at 62' Attempt blocked. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold.Posted at 62' Attempt blocked. Divock Origi (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Virgil van Dijk.Posted at 62' Attempt blocked. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.Posted at 61' Attempt saved. Sebastian Dewaest (KRC Genk) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bryan Heynen with a cross.Posted at 60' Foul by Joseph Gomez (Liverpool).
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