Champions League, Group E Prediction: Liverpool vs Genk, Napoli vs Red Bull

Mohamed Salah Liverpool
Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Liverpool vs Genk

Stadium: Anfield

Betting Odds: Liverpool 1.28; Draw 6.00 ; Genk 9.50

Probability of Win: Liverpool 75%; Draw 15% ; Genk 10%


Injury Concern: Alexander-Arnold (virus), Clyne (knee), Matip (knee), Shaqiri (calf), Salah (ankle)

Predicted XI: Alisson Becker; Gomez, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Mané, Firmino, Origi

Liverpool’s primary fitness concern surrounds Salah, who picked up an ankle injury against Leicester City before the international break and subsequently missed Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford. His inclusion in the traveling party strongly hints that he is ready to feature in this match. Should Salah fall short then, he will likely be again replaced by Divock Origi, who spent nine years in Genk’s youth system before joining Lille in 2010.

Alisson Becker is now back fit after starting against United, but Joel Latip suffered a flare-up of his knee injury after that match and has not traveled with the squad to Belgium. Trent Alexander-Arnold is another notable absentee for the visitors due to illness, while the game will also come too soon for Xherdan Shaqiri.

There is a chance that Klopp could use this game to make changes with one eye on the matches coming up, and if that is the case, then the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, and Sunday’s hero Adam Lallana are among those hoping for a start.


Injury Concern: Vukovic (achilles), Neto Borges (foot)

Predicted XI: Coucke; Mæhle, Lucumí, Dewaest, Uronen; Heynen, Hagi, Berge; Ito, Samatta, Bongonda

Genk did a good job defensively as they picked up a point from their game with Napoli as they prevented the Italians from scoring. Despite the draw on matchday two, that result extended the Greek side’s run without a win in the competition to eight matches. Genk have plenty of options if they wish to change their side but it is unlikely they will stray too far from the side that held Napoli.