Liverpool vs Genk predictions: Liverpool line-up
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side is on a high and the return of Mohamed Salah from injury has boosted their confidence.
The Reds are coming into this game after a hard-fought injury-time win over Aston Villa in the Premier League. They are expected to see out this game easily, just like last time.
Joel Matip is expected to be out with a knee injury, while Xherdan Shaqiri and Nathaniel Clyne’s return to the team is unknown.
Predicted Liverpool XI
Alisson Becker (GK)
The Brazilian who returned after a long injury break, is expected to retain his place in the starting line-up.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)
The youngster has started in almost every game for the side. He is expected to be the first choice for this spot and has also impressed with his forward runs.
Dejan Lovren (CB)
Lovren’s chances of making it to the starting line-up have diminished after the arrival of Joel Matip. But given the injury to Joel Matip, the Croatian has stepped up to partner Van Dijk in central defence.
Virgil Van Dijk (CB)
The former Southampton man has made a name for himself since moving to Liverpool. Undisputed at the back, Van Dijk will lead the defence. With his strong performances, he has been the main man for the Reds.
Andy Robertson (LB)
The young Scot has cemented his place firmly in the team and has been impressive. His header against Aston Villa to level the score late in the match showed his ability to get forward when needed.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (CM)
He has also been impressive for the side since coming from a long-term injury he picked up last season. His two goals against the same opponent in the reverse fixtures were clinical and he must be given another chance in starting line-up.
After his solid display against Tottenham in the Premier League, Fabinho was rested against Aston Villa. The defensive midfielder can prove to be the key to stop the opponents from creating dangerous attacks.
Jordan Henderson (CM)
Henderson is expected to lead the team ahead of James Milner.
Mohamed Salah (RW)
Salah’s return from injury has strengthened Liverpool’s attack. Though he was substituted against Villa, he is expected to make it to the side.
Roberto Firmino (ST)
The Brazilian will be the key to Liverpool’s attack. He has formed a strong partnership with Mane and Salah. There will be no chance of Klopp keeping him on the bench ahead of others.
Sadio Mane (LW)
The most in-form player at the moment, Mane is expected to score a couple of goals for his team in this fixture. The Senegalese forward has had a productive season since switching to Liverpool and has been one of their top-scorers.
His goal against Villa in the injury time won the game for Liverpool. He must be selected, unchallenged.