Liverpool host Genk at Anfield on Tuesday night, their latest Champions League appearance since beating the Belgian side 4-1 away from home in October. It remains to be seen how Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp will approach this match with a huge meeting against Manchester City, the first pivotal moment in this season’s title race, coming up on Sunday afternoon.
Regardless of that, Liverpool are priced at 1.083 to win the match and they should have a comfortable evening, even if they do opt to play a weakened side so to speak. Liverpool are second in the group behind Napoli, as their defeat in Naples has put them on the back foot in terms of leading the way. Genk are bottom of Group E and it is difficult to imagine them winning a single game in this Champions League campaign.
Liverpool bossed the first meeting with Oxlade-Chamberlain finding a brace before Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah got themselves involved in the scoring. It’s predicted that Mohamed Salah won’t start in this return fixture, but the Reds should still have enough to get the job done with both Divock Origi and Sadio Mane leading the line.
With one eye on the huge clash with Manchester City coming up this weekend, it remains to be seen how strong of a side Jurgen Klopp will go with. Liverpool will be without a few players through injury and those are Nathaniel Clyne, Xherdan Shaqiri and Joel Matip.
Mohamed Salah has been struggling recently with an ankle problem, so with the Manchester City game in mind, the Egyptian may not have his fitness risked at Anfield on Tuesday night.
Genk only have one injury concern ahead of the match and that is goalkeeper Danny Vukovic who will not be involved.
It’s difficult to spot the value in this match with Liverpool being overwhelming favourites and the results pretty much being a forgone conclusion. Therefore, I would be looking at alternative markets such as anytime goalscorer. Sadio Mane is odds-on with most bookmakers but can be found above Evens with Unibet at odds of 2.10 which I believe is a great bet. The Senegalese front man scored in the first meeting, and he should find himself with plenty of opportunities to score on Tuesday night.
Both teams to score looks like a good bet, even though I believe Liverpool will dominate from the start. This is a game where Liverpool will score a hatful of goals but could also fall victim to conceding a sloppy goal which has already happened on many occasions this season at Anfield, including in the Champions League. Liverpool have played seven matches at Anfield so far this season and they have conceded in every single one of them, with a few coming against far inferior sides. They conceded a few in a dramatic meeting against Salzburg and they conceded five against Arsenal last time out. Granted, it wasn’t a full-strength side that was deployed. Genk found a goal out of nothing in the first meeting, and I think 2.45 is good value for them to do it again.