Genk vs Liverpool: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's brace helps Reds' end UCL poor away run

Genk vs Liverpool: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's brace helps Reds' end UCL poor away run

- Genk vs Liverpool saw Reds' end their Champions League poor away run with a bog win

- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain' netted a goal each half alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamded Salah completed Liverpool's goals

- Ex-NPFL star Stephen Odey netted a consolation goal for Genk in the 88th minute to end the tie 4-1

Genk vs Liverpool saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain net a brace as Reds thrashed Blue-White 4-1 on Wednesday night, October 23, in a Champions League Group E clash, at Luminus Arena Genk.

The encounter saw Liverpool make five changes to Liverpool squad that battled Man United to a 1-1 draw over the weekend, with the likes of James Milner, Dejan Lovren, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain returning to the starting XI.

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Oxlade-Chamberlain broke the deadlock from the edge of the box to give the Jurgen Klopp’s side the lead after two minutes of action.

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Salah was on top of his game for the Reds for most part of the first 45 minutes and came close to doubling their lead in the 25th minute, but he could not guide his header on from six-yards out from a decent assist from Dejan Lovren, with scores remaining 1-0.

On the other end, the hosts Genk managed few half chances from the pair of Maehle and Ito delivering quality crosses into the box, but Samatta failed to finish off to see Liverpool go into the break with their slim lead.

After the restart, Liverpool continued pressing hard and after 10 minutes, Roberto Firmino set up Chamberlain to finish off an excellent strike with the outside of his boot.

On the hour mark, Liverpool’s Joe Gomez suffered what looked like a knock and was replaced by Andy Robertson, but it remains to be seen it was an injury concern or tactical move.

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With 13 minutes left on the clock, Liverpool netted their third goal of the contest with Firmino and Salah setting up Sadio Mane after nice interchange of passes, with the Senegalese lobbying the ball over on-rushing Genk shot-stopper Gaetan Coucke.

In the 87th minute, Salah added the fourth goal of the game with an individual effort to complete the scoring for the Reds.

However, former NPFL star Stephen Odey netted a consolation goal for Genk in the 88th minute, to give their supporters something to cheer at the blast of the final whistle.

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The result sees the European champions remain second in Group E log with 6 points, 1 point adrift of Napoli, who defeated Salzburg 3-2 away from home in the group other game on Wednesday night. reported earlier that Sadio Mane has been tipped for the Ballon D'or 2019 award glory ahead of teammate Vigil van Dijk, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by Arsenal's former manager Arsenal Wenger.

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Mane was an instrumental figure to Liverpool's breakthrough as European champions and was named in the 30-man list containing other big names including Kylian Mbappe and Roberto Firmino.

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