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Genk 1-4 Liverpool: Player Ratings – What the media and statistics say

Liverpool beat Genk 4-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday night, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shining for the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side were hot favourites to pick up all three points at the Luminus Arena and they duly delivered.

Oxlade-Chamberlain fired Liverpool in front after just two minutes, before doubling his side’s lead with a superb effort.

Sadio Mane made it 3-0 in clinical fashion and Mohamed Salah added a fourth, before Stephen Odey scored a late consolation.

Here we compare our player ratings with those from the Liverpool Echo, the Mirror, the Independent, The Redmen TV, FotMob and the TIA readers.

Oxlade-Chamberlain (8.5) was the runaway winner in the average ratings, on his best night for Liverpool since his cruciate ligament injury.

The 26-year-old not only caught the eye because of his two goals, but his all-round dynamism and work ethic were also impressive.

This is Anfield’s Henry Jackson gave Oxlade-Chamberlain the Man of the Match award, describing his display as a “hugely positive step in the right direction.”

Alex Smith of the Mirror lauded the midfielder’s stunning second goal of the night, calling it a “contender for goal of the tournament.”

Mane (7.5) was next in the reckoning, even though he didn’t hit top gear until late on in proceedings.

GENK, BELGIUM - Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC at the KRC Genk Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Echo‘s Ian Doyle felt the Senegalese was a “consistent threat throughout” and FotMob highlighted that he made six ball recoveries and two successful tackles.

Taking home the bronze was Fabinho (7.4), who finished just ahead of Salah (7.3) and Roberto Firmino (7.3).

On a typically understated-but-effective night in front of Liverpool’s defence, Jackson claimed “there are few better players in the world in his position” than the Brazilian.

Dejan Lovren (6.1) took home the wooden spoon, making an error for Genk’s goal and finding himself “beaten for pace too often”, according to Smith.

Next up for Liverpool is Sunday’s visit of Tottenham.

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