That's it! Liverpool secure an emphatic win against an energetic but outclassed Genk team.
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KRC Genk - Liverpool
Champions League - 23 October 2019
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Uronen gets into a good crossing position in the Liverpool area and cuts it back for the rushing Odey. He can't control it, and it trickles through to Alisson.
Samatta has a go from twenty yards, but it's straight at Alisson. There will be three more minutes.
GOAL! KRC Genk 1 (Odey 88) Liverpool 4
A consoloation! Genk work a nice move in the bottom left corner, and Ndongala cuts to the six yard box and trickles a cross square of him. It finds Odey, who spins 180 degrees to tuck a low shot past Alisson.
GOAL! KRC Genk 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 87)
Yet another stunner from Liverpool. Mane gets the ball in the Genk, facing away from goal and with Cuesta all over him. Salah spins away from the challenge and around the covering Lucumi, like Superman coming out of a phone box, and tucks his shot in off the post.
Ito fires a low cross into the area. Ndongala's control pops the ball up into the air, so he throws himself into an overhead kick. He connects well, but it's a couple of yards wide.
Odey is booked for pulling back Keita.
Keita has a shot from the edge of the area, but it's blocked. It breaks to Wijnaldum, who hammers a shot across goal and a couple of yards wide.
Berge gets in space, thirty yards out. He thumps it down the centre of the goal, about a yard over the bar.
Odey replaces Onuachu for Genk.
Divock Origi, who was born and raised in Genk, replaces Firmino. He gets a nice ovation from the home fans.
GOAL! KRC Genk 0 Liverpool 3 (Mane 77)
It's another stunning goal. Wijnaldum wins the ball on the left, and finds Firmino. The Brazilian reverses it inside to Salah, who in turn pokes a delicate through ball into the area. Mane races onto it, and deftly chips it over the diving Coucke. Brilliant, clinical stuff.
Wijnaldum replaces the two goal hero Oxlade-Chamberlain.
van Dijk lofts one forward for Salah over the top. For a second it looks like the ball will hold up for the striker off one bounce, but it skips through to Coecke.
Joe Gomez is booked for stopping Genk taking a quick throw-in.
Lucumi coughs the ball up to Mane with a terrible pass. Mane slides Firmino into the area, but rather than shoot he tries to cut back, and loses the ball.
Mane gets free in the hole, spins and plays Salah into the Genk area. Salah briefly has a chance to shoot but his control isn't perfect and it's scrambled out for another corner.
Bongonda has gone off for Genk, replaced by the Congolese winger Ndongala.
Milner is suddenly everywhere. Keita slide rules a ball into the Genk area for him, and the cross is blocked for a corner.
Joe Gomez replaces Robertson, and goes to right back with Milner switching to the left.
Berge, whose been impressive tonight, glides forward on another break but has little support. As he meanders van Dijk gets a toe in to win the ball back in the centre-half.
CHANCE! Genk almost hit back straight away. Heynen whips a corner in from the left and Samatta rises to glance a header wide of the far post.
GOAL! KRC Genk 0 Liverpool 2 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 57)
What a stunning goal by Oxlade-Chamberlain! Keita clips a sweet ball into Firmino in the area. The Brazilian swivels and lays it off to Oxlade-Chamberlain in the D, who stabs a shot with the outside of his right foot that clips the underside of the bar and bounces into the roof of the net! Coucke was utterly rooted again.
After a scrappy period of play, Berge glides through midfield on the break and slips it to Ito on the right. The Japanese winger's cross is disappointing and hits the first man.
Lovely skill from Onuachu works a crossing opportunity for Uronen, but Milner blocks it out for a throw-in.
Ito gives Robertson another tough time down the left; this is a great battle. Robertson blocks one cross and then Ito a second, as Genk win a corner.
Cuesta leads a breakout for Genk, with Robertson caught high up the field. The centre-back tries to slide Ito clear down the right, but it's to close to van Dijk and the danger is quickly averted by the Dutchman.
We're underway again. There has been an equaliser in Salzburg, and it's 1-1 between Red Bull and Napoli now.
That's all for the first half. Oxlade-Chamberlain's early hit has given the visitors a deserved lead, but the look susceptible to the quick counter from Genk when they lose it upfield. It should be an interesting second half.
Robertson absolutely clatters through the back of Maehle on the wing, and is lucky not to be booked. We'll have two extra minutes.
Fabinho works Salah into a crossing position in the Genk area. The ball deflects back out to Fabinho, who takes the ball on the volley but it's a lazily-paced dipper that Coucke gathers comfortably.
In other news in Group E, Dries Mertens has put Napoli one up at Red Bull Salzburg.
CHANCE! Ito gets in behind Robertson down the right again for Genk. This time his cross is low and brutally quick - it fizzes across the six-yard box and the sliding Samatta just fails to make contact.
Maehle skins Robertson down the right and lofts a cross that's just too high for Onuachu at the back post. Their tall striker pulling away for a deep cross is a definite tactic for Genk here, who look dangerous when they can get forward.
Firmino can't control an angled ball with his chest in the area, but still manages to force a corner. Milner pumps it into the box, but Genk clear.
CHANCE! Liverpool could have sealed this by now. Milner lifts in a corner from the right. Lovren glances it on and Salah, completely free at the back post but off balance, can only brush the ball wide of goal.
CHANCE! Liverpool work the irrepressible Robertson into the Genk area. From a tight angle he blasts a shot at Coucke, who parries the ball away.
The Genk fans are not happy. Keita wins Liverpool a free-kick in a handy shooting position just to the right of the Genk area. Salah whips it over the wall and only just over the bar. They've shown the replay of the disallowed goal now; Ito was just offside as the ball was played into him on the right.
It stays disallowed after review. There's hasn't been a replay as yet, but the suggestion is that there was an offside call on Ito in the build-up.
DISALLOWED GOAL! Ito whips a ball to the back post, and Samatta thunders a header past Alisson, flattening Milner as he does so. The referee immediately chalks it off - but why? It's being VAR checked...
CHANCE! Firmino pulls out a gorgeous piece of skill, using the rabona to clip a ball back to Mane. The striker shoots and Coucke parries it clear.
Uronen whips a deep ball to the back post. The 6 foot 7 Onuachu goes up for it but Alisson is out to punch it clear for a throw-in.
Genk win a free-kick in a handy position on the left.
Robertson is a constant danger down the left, and wins another corner for Liverpool. Oxlade-Chamberlain whips it across and Coucke misses it. The loose ball breaks to Mane, whose shot is partially blocked and Genk clear.
Another long ball catches Liverpool out, and finds Ito in the inside right channel. He's one on one with Lovren, but loses his footing as he takes the defender on. Ito lands on his behind and Lovren clears the danger.
Genk venture into the Liverpool half now, and try and work a crossing opportunity for Ito but Liverpool snuff it out.
Liverpool are now in a rhythmic bout of possession, playing the game at their tempo. Mane works a crossing opportunity for Robertson, but he plants it straight into the hands of Coecke.
There's a ferocious pace to this, and it's a wonderfully open game. Another goal feels like it's on speed dial.
This is a wild start to the game. Genk, whose goalkeeper and centre-halves have a combined age of 61, look incredibly nervous at the back but could easily be 2-1 in front.
ANOTHER CHANCE FOR GENK! The long ball over the top catches Liverpool out again. Onuachu gets away from Lovren and into the area, hammering a shot at goal that Alisson saves well with one hand before reclaiming the ball. Milner's sliding challenge looked to have put Onuachu off.
This is a breathless start. Milner now clips a ball in to the back post, with Firmino waiting to head in from six yards. It looks like he was nudged off it while the ball was in flight, but the referee isn't having it and Genk clear.
CLOSE! A chance for Genk, as a long ball over the top releases Samatta behind Liverpool's defence. It's a bobbling ball and hard to control, and the Tanzanian hacks his left-footed shot well wide.
Robertson breaks down the left and crosses, and Cuesta concedes the corner. Liverpool are all over this so far.
GOAL! KRC Genk 0 Liverpool 1 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 2)
What a start! Cuesta coughs the ball up to Liverpool near halfway, and they eventually work it to Oxlade-Chamberlain on the edge of the area. He arrows a low drive definitively into the bottom corner, with Coucke rooted to the spot.
Peep peep, we're off!
The Champions League anthem has duly shrilled out, it's almost time to go.
The captains Mbwana Samatta and James Milner are ready to bring the teams out. Your referee for all the giggles tonight will be Slavko Vincic from Slovenia.
Genk and Liverpool have never met in European competition before. Where Liverpool have won Big Ears six times, alongside three UEFA Cups and three UEFA Super Cups, Genk’s best effort in European competition was reaching the quarterfinals of the Europa League in 2016-17.
Liverpool have romped six points clear in the Premier League this season, winning games with a swagger that many attribute to their victory in the Champions League Final in Madrid in June. Strangely, said swagger is not being replicated in the Champions League so far in 2019-20. After losing in Napoli in the first game in the group, Red Bull Salzburg gave Liverpool quite the fright at Anfield three weeks ago, going all Istanbul on Liverpool and suddenly drawing level from three goals behind. Fabinho eventually won the game late on, but it was a damn close run thing. On Sunday they were checked 1-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford, the first points they have dropped in the Premier League all season. Can the European champions get their swagger back in this competition in Belgium tonight?
KRC Genk were the champions of Belgium last season. It was their fourth league title and brought them back to Champions League football after an eight-year absence. They currently sit sixth in the Belgian First Division A table and are having an even more difficult time in Europe; they are bottom of Group E, with just one point from two matches. That comprised a 6-2 walloping at Red Bull Salzburg on matchday one, followed by goalless draw with Napoli at home.
There are five changes for Liverpool from their game at the weekend, and the big news is that Mo Salah returns. Lovren and Milner replace the injured Matip and Alexander-Arnold, who have been omitted from the squad. Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain come into midfield in place of Wijnaldum and Henderson.
Genk come into this off the back of a defeat at Standard Liege on Saturday. They’re still waiting for their first ever Champions League victory, after coming up short fourteen times, and are going for a 4-4-2 tonight. Lurking on the bench is their young Romanian international Ianis Hagi, son of the legendary Gheorge.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Milner, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita; Mane, Salah, Firmino
SUBS: Adrian, Wijnaldum, Gomez, Henderson, Lallana, Brewster, Origi
KRC Genk (4-4-2): Coucke; Maehle, Cuesta, Lucumi, Uronen; Ito, Heynen, Berge, Bongonda; Onuachu, Samatta
SUBS: Vandevoordt, De Norre, Dewaest, Hrosovsky, Hagi, Odey, Ndongala
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