Liverpool battled their way to a 2-1 win at home to Genk on Tuesday evening, edging one step closer to the Champions League knockout stage qualification.
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Liverpool 2-1 Genk
Champions League Group Stage (4), Anfield
November 5, 2019
Goals: Wijnaldum 14′, Oxlade-Chamberlain 53′; Samatta 40′
The Reds faced arguably their easiest game of the group stage, with unfancied Genk making the trip to Anfield.
Gini Wijnaldum produced a clever improvised finish to put Liverpool 1-0 up and they coasted for much of the first half.
The hosts almost seemed to switch off, though, and they were punished before half-time, as Mbwana Samatta headed home unmarked from a corner.
Klopp’s men were improved after the break and the in-form Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired home in front of the Kop soon after the restart – his fourth goal in as many appearances.
Chances still came at a premium as the contest wore on, and in the end, a tense finale saw Genk threaten to score a shock equaliser.
Liverpool held on, though, on a night that won’t remembered in years to come, but ultimately saw them end it top of Group E.
Napoli’s 1-1 draw with Salzburg was the perfect result, meaning the Merseysiders are leading the way by a point with tow games remaining.
Focus now switches to the potentially season-defining clash with City on Sunday afternoon.
Victory for the Reds would take them nine points clear of Pep Guardiola’s champions, highlighting how pivotal a 90 minutes it could be.